Five years ago, mooting the mad idea of a poetry festival in Teignmouth, there was only one name we wanted at the top of the bill: Brian Patten. He blew the audience away. We are delighted to welcome back this treasure of the poetry world.
Brian Patten was one of the Liverpool Poets, alongside Adrian Henri and Roger McGough. Their joint collection, published in 1967, was the single book which brought poetry in from the cold. Patten’s friend, Adrian Mitchell, had said, ‘Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.’ 50 years and over half a million copies later, The Mersey Sound still stands as the signpost which directed ordinary people towards poetry which actually meant something to them. Patten himself has said, ‘… we just wanted our poetry to be understood and enjoyed.’ Since then, he has appeared at venues as varied as The Islamic Students Union in Khartoum and the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank. While his on-stage work is often humorous, his poetry focuses mostly on relationships. The Collected Love Poems (Harper Perennial, 2007) is an undisputed classic of the genre. Among dozens of honours, Brian has been awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool and Fellowship of the Royal Society of Literature.
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Pavilions Teignmouth Auditorium - unallocated seating (please choose where you would like to sit when you arrive). Wheelchair users or customers with access requirements please ring the Box Office on 01626 249049 to check on available accessible space.