I'm looking forward to the next open evening at the Writers in the Brewery in Cirencester and which reminds me that I'd been intending to write reviews of the last two evening with Phill Kirby and Keith Thompson. So this is what I've done.
Phil Kirby - 26th November 2009
Phil launched his new book of poetry Watermarks on the evening, which made this the first book launch I've been to! Phil was a very articulate reader and read a variety of his poems, many of them from Watermarks. I though that possibly he could have left more of a break between poems as I found it difficult to absorb what had gone before. This may have been a cunning plan to make people buy the book - it worked on me.
I've been able to read them in a leisurely way and I've found them both moving and enjoyable. Well done, Phil.
Watermarks (ISBN 978-1-904852-24-7) is available direct from the publisher ArrowHead Press and from Amazon.
Keith Thompson - 10th December 2009
This was an extended Christmas party with mulled wine and mince pies (thanks, Rona). Keith, a fine guitarist and singer, played a number of excellent acoustic blues-based songs and managed to set feet a tapping. He also provided accompaniment to Nick John's mix of music and prose in wonderful story of love in a Scarborough chip shop. It was a most enjoyable evening, despite my suffering from an irritating cough.
Keith Thompson's 2009 albums Strange Brew and Out of the Smoke are available from Amazon and via his DensityMusic site where they can be ordered from CD Baby.
The excellent album I purchased on the evening Steel Strings brused reed is available from his DensityMusic site also through CD Baby.
Were you at these events too? What did you think of the evening?
Writers in the Brewery