Thursday 22 July 2010: CULTURE VULTURE
The gentleman seated above is the poet Simon Armitage. He is currently walking the Pennine Way in order to write a book about his experiences along the way.
He is stopping off at villages en route to give readings of his poetry. This evening he was giving a recital in MsGable's village and so she and I went along to listen.
Quite a number of his poems do have an element of humour to them and although he is a relatively young chap, secondary school children are already studying his work for part of their school examinations.
Naturally, after the readings one had the opportunity to purchase one or several of the poet's books and the picture above was taken when Mr Armitage was very kindly signing the books of those who had parted with hard cash in exchange for a literary tome.
The evening was a very pleasant one (at the end of which you were encouraged to donate whatever monetary value you felt the evening had been worth) and there was even a mini debate, held, about the differnce between surrealism and hyper-realism.