Friday, 24 February 2017

So A Doctor of Letters & A Shakespearean Actor Team Up For A #London Walks Tour…

Here's David with a preview ahead of his London In Poetry walk, Saturday 25th February 2017 2.30pm at St James's Park tube…

This one – my London In Poetry Walk Saturday, February 25th at 2.30 pm from St. James's Park Tube – just got a whole lot more special. 

I've persuaded an RSC actor pal to come on the walk and do the readings

So it's two guides for the price of one (and the book of London poems you'll be gifted with as an added bonus!). 

Not a bad double act for a London Poetry Walk – an Eng. Lit. Prof. and an RSC actor

I'll do the "light guiding" and the teensiest bit of lit crit and Steve – with that Stradivarius voice of his – will turn those great lines into celestial fire.

Here's one I read earlier (contains a reference to the Prime Minister as "He" – this recording was first posted during David Cameron's premiership)…

Forty-three years in the making, this one. That's how long I 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!

And here are the London Poetry episodes from the archive of the London Walks Podcast. Looking forward to seeing you out there tomorrow…

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

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