Jeremy Robson was a key figure in the poetry reading scene of the 1960s and 1970s, poetry critic of Tribune, editor of several landmark anthologies, artistic director of Centre 42, and instigator of the large-scale Poetry and Jazz in Concert events in association with the composer/pianist Michael Garrick. He has published a number of books of poetry, including Blues in the Park, Subject Matters and The Heartless Traffic (all published by Smokestack). Robson founded and ran Robson Books for forty years, and Biteback recently published a memoir Under Cover: A Poet’s Life in Publishing. He and his wife Carole live in London.
Dannie Abse Speak, Old Parrot
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.
Jeremy Robson and Maureen Lipman: Blues in the Park
Actress Maureen Lipman joins poet Jeremy Robson in reading from his powerful and witty new collection of poetry – Blues in the Park – described by her as “a marvellous wry observation of the sweet, sour and savoury in life.” Maureen also contributes a few of her own witty monologues. Expect some literary surprises, and badinage à la Lipman…
Under Cover: A Poet’s Life in Publishing
Acclaimed poet and publisher to the great and good, Jeremy Robson talks about his five decades in publishing, working with such intriguing and diverse figures as Marc Chagall, Ted Hughes (with whom he took a poetry tour of Israel), Joan Collins, Michael Winner, Muhammad Ali, Spike Milligan and Dannie Abse. Jeremy was in lively conversation and readings with his friend and author, the award winning actress Maureen Lipman.
The Heartless Traffic
Jeremy Robson, described by The Times as ‘a champion of poetry’ selects the best of his poems from the early 1960s to his most recent collections, plus 50 new poems. A book about friendships with diverse figures from Ron Moody to Dannie Abse, of childhood haunts, Jewish roots, youthful passions and the rumbling of war; about change and regret, politics and jazz, love and loss. Robson will be reading from and discussing his new book with critic Suzi Feay, and also from his entertai...
Lost, Loved & Left: Poetry & Spoken Word
Guardian poetry reviewer and The Craft editor Rishi Dastidar hosts an hour of readings. Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year nominee Rachel Long’s My Darling From T...