Poem and a Pint, Coronation Hall, Ulverston 9/2/2013
February 8, 2013 07:43 AM
An evening of poetry and music in the Coro’s Supper Room with two outstanding performers: poet Tony Curtis, a member of Aosdána, the Irish association of creative artists, winner of the Poetry Ireland/Friends Provident National Poetry Competition, the Book Stop Poetry Prize and 2003 recipient of the Varuna House Exchange Fellowship to Australia; and Ulverston guitarist Matt Cowe.
Tony Curtis (pictured left) is self-deprecating and very funny. He tells a story and a joke like the best sort of stand-up and he shimmers with Irish charm. His most recent collection, Folk (2010) is rich, overspilling with poems you want to return to and when you do, they reward your re-reading, revealing different and surprising layers of themselves. His imagination turns the familiar world upside down. When Tony Curtis appeared at last year’s StAnza Festival in St Andrews, the hall was packed and they ran out of his book. We are lucky to have the opportunity to hear him read in Ulverston.
Matt Cowe (right) will be playing tunes by guitar legend Chet Atkins on his new Gretsch guitar ‘Ruby’. He has loved the country-swing sounds of Chet for many years and is now proud to present a tribute to Mr. Guitar himself with a selection of favourites from the early 1950s.
Ross Baxter does the honours as MC, and there will be readings by various Poem and a Pint committee luminaries.