Spotlight on authors at The Hive

KSG Published Monday, 10th October 2016

The Hive is inviting readers and writers across Worcestershire to a book reading and signing by renowned poet Brian Patten.

The visit is part of the 'Authors Spotlight' series (details attached) that will also see visits from the novelists Anthony Cartwright, Deborah Moggach and Alex Christofi.

One of the UK’s most distinctive and popular poets, Brian Patten has been delivering scrupulously crafted, heartbreakingly honest, funny and uplifting poems for nearly five decades. A master of performance – genuine and generous – his readings are always memorable.

He will be reading for adults from a selection of his books (he has published over 40) and this will be followed by a book signing.

The reading will take place on Saturday 22 October, from 7.30pm in The Studio, The Hive. Tickets cost £10 each.

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Localism and Communities, said: "Worcester is a vibrant and thriving cultural centre, and The Hive is at the heart of that. This Authors Spotlight series is exciting news for The Hive and for Worcestershire, with four highly esteemed authors reading and signing books, and I'd encourage any fans of literature or aspiring novelists and poets to book their tickets as early as possible to avoid disappointment."

Brian Patten made his name in the 1960s as one of the Liverpool Poets, alongside Adrian Henri and Roger McGough. His individual strength within this trio lay in his ability to write and perform a powerful mix of serious and humorous work Their joint anthology, The Mersey Sound (1967), has been credited as the most significant anthology of the twentieth century for its success in bringing poetry to new audiences and is now in Penguin Modern Classics.

He has published over forty books and his poems are translated into many European languages. They include Collected Love Poems (HarperCollins) and Selected Poems (Penguin Books) His books for children include The Story Giant, Gargling With Jelly, and Juggling With Gerbils. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.