Neil is a fixture on the local and the national small press scene. Andy had the temerity to move away from Nottingham recently, but we welcome him back, while Char has recently moved into our area. A sensible move.
Neil’s latest collection is Can’t Take Me Anywhere, which, like so much of Neil’s poetry explores working class life in this city. Neil Fulwood co-edited More Raw Material, a collection of essays, poems and short fiction, published as a tribute to Alan Sillitoe. The new collection extends Fulwood’s wideranging, keen-eyed accounts of millennial Britain, and his witty, dexterous command of form. It’s as bracing as it is enjoyable.
Andy will be reading from This Noise is Free, a book about buskers and busking, drawing on the author’s experience as a street musician. It’s located somewhere between the rainbow and the gutter, between pigeons and gargoyles, slaveholder mansions and charity shops. He is an unofficial archivist of life on the streets, from Matlock to Memphis, exploring their characters, music and unexpected camaraderie.
Char has won umpteen awards in poetry, short fiction, screen-writing, and in playwrighting for both radio and stage. She has, twice, been awarded the Hawthornden Fellowship. She’s had five poetry collections and a short story collection published. Her plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and seven stage plays produced. ‘March’s poems made me pay attention – and laugh. Wry, pithy and downright funny, Char March’s new collection unpacks into serial astonishment: each poem doorsteps you with its distinct voice and attitude.’ Graham Mort
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