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The Rialto – for good poetry and a damn fine cover!

Go grab a copy of The Rialto for the evocative cover alone! Then sit back and enjoy new poems by Les Murray, incisive memories of Seamus Heaney and work by poets including Alan Brownjohn, Chrissie Williams, Claire Booker, Jane Griffiths and David Morley.  Rialto (issue 78)

There’s also a highly instructive article on independent poetry presses by Rialto editor Michael Mackmin. If you’re a poet aspiring towards publication don’t miss it!

‘Punishment’ is one of my two poems published in this issue. It’s based on being forced to copy out pages of David Copperfield as a child.  I suspect my parents thought it would be an inspiring activity. Not a bit of it. Sadly, it gave me a life-long loathing of large (by the pound) Victorian novels. Parents be warned!

To purchase a copy of The Rialto (issue 78) or to submit poetry for the next issue, please visit http://www.therialto.co.uk

The cover illustration is Section from ‘Girl and three dogs’ by Dee Nickerson.

Dickens turns up at ‘Poets Off The Shelf’!

Did you know that Charles Dickens experienced a record 12 white Christmases during his childhood?  Or that there really was an Old Curiosity Shop – but only because the canny owner of a local store decided to get in on the act?LTCD1047, Charles Dickens, 1843

After a fascinating illustrated talk at Swiss Cottage Library on the great author by Camden archivist, Tudor Allen, five poets were invited to read their specially commissioned poems inspired by Dickensian characters or themes.

Claire Booker, Lisa Kelly, Alan Price, Pauline Sewards and Louise Warren had some real fun and games with ghosts of past and future.  The newly minted poems included ‘In the Beginning I am Bored’ – a very broad interpretation of the brief by Claire Booker.  She chose to recount her childhood tussles with ‘David Copperfield’. The novel was used as a punishment book from which she had to copy out a page for every major misdemeanour.

David Copperfield coverPARENTS PLEASE NOTE:  this is not an effective way of encouraging a love of the arts!

Poets Off The Shelf’ is a poetry event held every other month at Swiss Cottage Library (the Gallery, 88 Avenue Road, London NW3 6ER) from 6pm to 8pm. Cost: free.  Further details from Alan Price 0207 419 7819