Robert Sheppard at the Bluecoat, Liverpool

Sunday 16 October 5.30 – 6.30pm

Part of the radical literary avant-garde sometimes called ‘linguistically innovative’, Sheppard combines subtle effects of language and tone with a variety of performance styles, from the direct and quick-fire to the musical. His most recent books are Warrant Error, a verbal intervention into the War on Terror and Berlin Bursts, which contains poems that explore one of his persistent themes of human unfinish. Anthologised in the OUP Anthology of Twentieth Century British and Irish Poetry he is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Edge Hill University.

Robert says, ‘What I’m planning to do for this reading, which is an important one for me, is to plug into the Bluecoat’s theme of ‘city of radicals” by reading some poems about Liverpool, some poems that I hope are radical in form, and others that are radical in content. While I will read from Berlin Bursts, my 2011 book, I am also going to read from other books and from recent, unpublished work, including a new radical poetry manifesto. This last piece was specially written for the occasion. Reading something new always makes me a little edgy, but that’s good. When I’ve finished I’ll be answering questions, signing books and having a drink.’

Free, ticket required. The best way to book is by phone or via the web.

Book at www.thebluecoat.org.uk or 0151 702 5324 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX (which is also the venue).

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