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The Winter Book - Alan Riach Book Launch
Thu 30 March 2017, 18:30 – 19:30 BST
Alan Riach’s first book of poems since 2009’s Homecoming has been called ‘a vision of our times’ and addresses some of the most difficult issues, 2009-2017, but it’s also a celebration of friends, landscapes, domestic and public actions that are shared strengths and virtues. As William Carlos Williams put it, ‘If it ain’t a pleasure, it ain't a poem!’
Come and join Alan and friends for an intimate gathering to mark the publication of The Winter Book, to listen to a few poems, drink some wine and take stock of the goodness and badness the world has to offer, measured in poetry.
The Winter Book is a vision of our times. It’s full of big poems which encompass a range of experience, engaging with ideas, situations, places, and the why of it. Political anger is poured into strong, argumentative, emotionally engaging poems: no easy task.
The poems in The Winter Book connect people, places and culture across geographies, nationally in Scotland and internationally in global, political contexts of loss and affirmation, sorrow and anger, personal and public worlds, as memories flow into history.