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Past Events

Past EventsThursday, February 27

Dannie Abse Speak, Old Parrot

Dannie Abse
Chair: Jeremy Robson
Readings by Diana Hoddinott

Poet Dannie Abse returned to Jewish Book Week with a new collection for his 90th Birthday year on love, medicine, the passing of time and Jewish folk tradition. At its autobiographical heart is a vision of human possibilities, a delight in things seen and achieved and an awareness of the transience of it all. With readings by Diana Hoddinott.

Dannie Abse, poet and doctor is a former President of the Poetry Society. He has written over thirty books including poetry, memoir, fiction, plays and criticism. His memoir The Presence was Wales Book of the Year and he is a recipient of the Wilfred Owen Award. He was awarded a CBE in 2012.

Under his own Robson Books imprint, Jeremy Robson has published a wide variety of high-profile authors. A much published poet and critic, and instigator of large-scale poetry readings of the 60s and 70s, he has a new collection of poems from Smokestack Books in September 2014.

Diana Hoddinott trained at RADA and has worked in theatre, film and television where she is best known for playing Annie Hacker, the wife of Jim Hacker in Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. She was married to the late actor Harry Towb and has three children. 

To buy books featured in this event please click hereTen per cent of all sale proceeds will go to Jewish Book Week, supporting the festival for future years.


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