Tuesday afternoon was spent conducting a whistle stop tour of Bloomsbury - I spotted the place where ‘The White Rabbit’ lived - a park that adults are not allowed to enter unless they are accompanied by a child, and picked up a copy of A Tour of the Fairground to add to my Bill Griffiths collection, in the LRB bookshop. Taking up the invitation to meet two of the Blue Bus organisers before the reading in the evening, we enjoyed the hospitality, and humour, served up in Ciao Bella. Thanks to Juliet Troy and Keith Jebb for the great company and food!
Moving on to the reading, it was wonderful to have been invited into the company of poets whose work (poetry and critical writings) I am familiar with, and to hear Elaine Randell and Robert Hampson perform their work in the lovely setting of The Lamb - a quaint pub which I now know still has what are called ‘snob screens’ in the bar downstairs. We each read for 15 minutes in two halves and I was pleasantly surprised by reactions to the new work I aired in my second reading.
Many thanks again to David Miller, for inviting me to read - it was a wonderful evening.
Unfortunately, due to camera mishaps I only have this one snap of the outside of The Lamb.