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John Lucas on Norman Cameron

John Lucas on Norman Cameron
Wednesday, 1st March, 2023    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop*
14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH
Bookings closed

Norman Cameron – barely remembered now – was a contemporary and friend of Dylan Thomas, WC Sellar (who wrote 1066 and all that) and Robert Graves.

Born in Bombay, Cameron spent time in many countries, including teaching in Nigeria and in pre-war Germany, where he saw evidence of early concentration camps. His own war service ranged from writing radio comedies for the BBC through to parachuting into Yugoslavia to act as a translator in negotiations with Tito.

Apart from translations, Cameron’s output came to seventy poems. Like John Clare and Dickens, Cameron used the term Awkward Squad, helping it back to common use in his poem:

Forgive Me, Sire

Forgive me, Sire, for cheating your intent,
That I, who should command a regiment,
Do amble amiably here, O God,
One of the neat ones in your awkward squad.


John Lucas is a Beeston-based poet, who runs Shoestring Press, the region’s biggest poetry publisher.

Tickets: £3.00 including refreshments.
Free to Nottingham Poetry Society members.

This event forms the 2nd Nottingham Poetry Society David Holliday lecture.  The inaugural lecture was delivered by David himself last year, initiating a series the Society have established  to honour David’s  contribution over many decades  as a long serving stalwart of the Society and a man of immense learning, always worn lightly and graciously. The Society and the poetry loving public of Nottingham know that  no individual  embodies the spirit of this new annual feature of our programme than John Lucas. 


Bookings are closed for this event.