Tomorrow - 2nd January 2016 – David is leading his London in Poetry Walk meeting at St James's Park Station at 10:45a.m.
Here he is with a poetry preview…
Forty-three years in the making, this one. That's how long I (David) have been reading London poetry on a daily (well, near as dammit) basis. This walk's a distillation of that reading, that learning, that love, that curating (and, yes, that university lecturing and guiding). It's significantly different from a "normal" London Walk. It's about the poems, their character, their music, their whys and wherefores, their positioning, their places. With light guiding along the way.
Say it again: the poems feature. It's their show. We're going to let them resonate, let them breathe - not "fit them in", not caulk the cracks of a normal walking tour with a few poems. So, yes, light guiding betwixt and between each venue. And no, it's not just walking to various spots and spouting some poetry. There's "accompaniement" to these poems - I've (that word again) curated them. So, yes there'll be some gentle touches to the tiller when the poems make their appearance. But, bears repeating, it's their show - I'm just the window through which you'll see them, the walk's the thread along which they're strung.
What else? Well, it's certainly fair to say this one's a labour of love. Pretty much haemorrhaging red ink on this walk because of "the handout." To wit: everybody on the walk will get a wonderful, substantial - and completely free - booklet of London poems. It runs to about 70 poems. It's very special. It's been privately printed (well, produced). A "limited edition." It's not for sale. It's not obtainable any other way. You, my poetry walkers that morning, will be the only people in the world who'll have a copy!
Meet David at St James's Park Station 10:45a.m Saturday 2nd January.
A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.