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A Celebration of Poetry to spring into action at Chichester Library

david pollard poetDistinguished poet David Pollard will be the guest at Chichester Library’s spring Celebration of Poetry on 17 March, when he will present a multi-media programme of images and words.

David has a publication portfolio including five volumes of poetry: Patricides, Risk of Skin and Self-Portraits (all from Waterloo Press), Bedbound (from Perdika Press) and Finis-terre (from Agenda Editions).

Other writing includes works on Keats’ poetry and letters – a poet that Chichester Copywriter’s Katy fondly studied during her A Levels – and a novel, Nietzsche’s Footfalls

At Chichester Library, David will focus on Self-Portraits; a virtuoso, volume-length series of imaginary self-portraits featuring artists from ancient Egypt, through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the present day. In these imaginative treatments, Pollard stretches his linguistic brilliance with a human resonance, confirming his unique voice and arguing for an essential place in British poetry.

Classical guitarist Linda Kelsall-Barnett will provide a musical counterpoint to David’s words. In the second half of the evening, there will be an open mic allowing Sussex poets the opportunity to share the platform and read their latest poems on any subject and in any style.

A Celebration of Poetry has become a regular fixture in the Chichester arts calendar. Jointly organised by the West Sussex Library Service and Open Mic Poetry, the evening offers a delightful mixture of words and music. Spokesman Barry Smith said:

‘These events have become very popular with audiences. We sold out at the last Celebration in October on National Poetry Day and expect a big turn-out to enjoy David Pollard’s unusual and stimulating presentation.”

Don’t miss out!

A Celebration of Poetry, Thursday 17 March, 7.30pm, Chichester Library, Tower Street, Chichester. Tickets £5 (to include a glass of wine) available from the Chichester Library on: 01243 777351.

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