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Book Festival: Books Launched

Subscribe to RSS RSSWednesday, 7th July, 2010

 Roz Goddard and Michael Wyndham Thomas

Thursday 15th July from 7.30pm - 9.00pm, The Priory Rooms, Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF

Join Birmingham Book Festival to celebrate the launch of two brand new poetry collections from Nine Arches Press and Littlejohn & Bray, with readings from Roz Goddard and Michael Wyndham Thomas. 

Roz Goddard's The Sopranos Sonnets & Other Poems is acutely observed, streetwise and bittersweet. At its heart are ten sonnet-portraits inspired by the television series about a dysfunctional mafia boss and his family. Among the cast of characters is Gloria, the hauntingly-seductive mistress with a built-in self-destruct button, and Leotardo, ready to murder at the drop of a letter? This pamphlet will be available as a standard pamphlet, but also as a signed limited-edition pamphlet in a print run of 100 copies only.

Mulberries was the name of the artificial harbours used for the D-Day landings in June, 1944. The title poem of the collection, Port Winston Mulberry (Littlejohn & Bray), highlights one of Michael Wyndham Thomas's abiding interests: giving voice to anonymous witnesses when history throws a fit.  But this is just one strand in his latest collection.  Reflections on how relationships are (or ought to be); observations of the passing human scene; the light and shade of memory; even commemorations of a father's lethal choice of van--all of these and more find voice in a collection as varied in mood and form as in subject. 'My dad drove vans,' declares the opening poem. Michael Wyndham Thomas drives in all directions and returns with much to report.