A Part of the Main in Bradford-on-Avon

28th March 2019

The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN

7:30pm - 10:00pm.


Come and join us at Bradford on Avon's popular reading series, Words & Ears. All performers and listeners welcome: open mic slots always available. £4 on the door.

At this event, we welcome Philip Gross and Lesley Saunders, with their collaborative work A Part of the Main. The book is the outcome of what began as an initial email conversation between them during the political upheavals that characterized 2016-2017. The subsequent dialogue was conducted over three or four months in seriously playful verses passed backwards and forwards between the two poets, more and more rapidly as they entrusted themselves to the improvisatory process. The sequence moves, in swerves and echoes, beyond the immediate occasion into themes of migration, exile, loss of love or home or language, even life itself.

In the words of a reviewer, 'this poetic voyage feels irresistible, urgent and unrelenting in the best sense.'

For the open mic, you are invited to bring a poem (of your own or by someone else) on the theme of belonging, exile, etc, to echo and explore Lesley and Philip's voyage...

Published: 12 February, 2019