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In conversation with Dannie Abse

03.12 – 09.13 – In conjunction with The Literateur I ran a series of poetry nights at Dulwich Books, most recently with Dannie Abse, who I also interviewed for around twenty minutes before he read from his work. We talked about, among other things, Yeats and late style, Welshness and Welsh medieval verse, elegy and the difficulty of avoiding cliché.

The other poetry events I organised were themed by publisher:

* Faber & Faber – Christopher Reid & Sam Riviere

* Carcanet – Oli Hazzard, Jane Yeh & Caroline Bird

* Salt Publishing – featuring readers from the Salt Book of Younger Poets (2012)

02.12 – I conceived of, organised, publicised and wrote copy for the inaugural Dulwich Books Indie Presses reading series, three events focusing on three progressive independent publishers: And Other Stories, Penned in the Margins and Slightly Foxed. The flier I produced for the series is here: Indie Presses 2

09.09 – 09.11 – As a bookseller at the London Review Bookshop, a good deal of my time was spent writing advertising copy for certain titles, which appeared fortnightly as part of the bookshop’s advertisement in the London Review of Books. In total I wrote at least fifty of these, a few examples of which follow.

The Art of the Siesta by Thierry Paquot

Decline of the English Murder by George Orwell

The Empire Stops Here by Philip Parker

Letters from Iceland by W. H. Auden and Louis MacNeice

I have also independently conceived of the theme and written about half of the copy for two single page adverts, Murder, They Wrote and Quiet Please! A readers’ guide to silence.

08/11 – 09/11 – During an editorial internship with Granta magazine I wrote publicity copy for some of the pieces in Granta 117: Horror, which can be seen here: 117 Summaries Dan

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