The Blue Bus – Alan Halsey, Frances Presley, Ken White, David Miller

The Blue Bus is pleased to present a reading by Frances Presley and Alan Halsey, and music by Ken White and David Miller, on Tuesday , 13th May,l from 7.30 at The Lamb (in the upstairs room), 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1. This is the eighty-eighth event in THE BLUE BUS series. Admissions: £5 / £3 (concessions). For future events in the series, please scroll down to the end of this message.

Frances Presley lives in north London.  Her publications include Paravane: new and selected poems, 1996-2003 (Salt, 2004); Myne: new and selected poems and prose, 1976-2005, (Shearsman, 2006); Lines of Sight, (Shearsman 2009);   Stone settings with Tilla Brading (Odyssey, 2010), and An Alphabet for Alina with Peterjon Skelt (Five Seasons, 2012).  Her work is in the anthologies Infinite Difference (Shearsman, 2010), and Ground Aslant: radical landscape poetry (Shearsman, 2011).  She contributed to a collection of poetic autobiographies, Cusp (Shearsman, 2012).  She has translated the work of Norwegian poet Hanne Bramness, most recently No film in the camera (Shearsman 2013).  Her next book, halse for hazel, will be published by Shearsman in October.

Alan Halsey will be reading from Rampant Inertia, recently published by Shearsman. His poems have been variously collected in Five Years Out (1989), Wittgenstein’s Devil (2000), Marginalien (2005) and Not Everything Remotely (2006).

David Miller is a clarinettist who has performed and recorded with The Mind Shop (a trio with Armorel Weston and John Gibbens), and performed with SpiritWORK (a duo with Rod Boucher) and as a duo with Ken White. He is a member of the Frog Peak Music collective. David is also a poet, whose most recent book is Reassembling Still: Collected Poems (Shearsman Books, 2014). He will be performing on this occasion with the Australian guitarist Ken White.

In addition to his guitar playing, Ken White is a painter who has exhibited in Australia and Scotland and whose work can be seen on the Art Limited website. He performs regularly in his native Melbourne, and has recorded with Australian vocalists Suzie Dickinson and Patsy O’Neill, as well as recording his own CD, Jazz Guitar. He has also provided the music for two films, Runway and The Roaring Tide. Ken was a member of the legendary Australian jazz rock band Nova Express in the late 1960s.



Frances Presley: a preview


Frances Presley will perform at the next Other Room on Wednesday, 5th February, 7 PM start, free entry. The clip above is of Frances reading at Xing the Line in July 2012. For more information about her work, try her author page at Shearsman, or this interview with Matilde Christensen. The other readers are Gavin Selerie and Chris Stephenson, with a preview of Chris to follow soon.


Frances Presley was born in Derbyshire, grew up in Lincolnshire and Somerset, and lives in London. She studied literature at the universities of East Anglia and Sussex, writing dissertations on Pound, Apollinaire, and Bonnefoy. She worked as a library and information specialist, in community development and anti-racism, and at the Poetry Library. Publications of poems and prose include The Sex of Art (North and South, 1988), Hula Hoop (Other Press, 1993), and Linocut (Oasis, 1997). She collaborated with Irma Irsara on a project about the fashion trade, Automatic Cross Stitch (Other Press, 2000); and with Elizabeth James in an email text and performance, Neither the One nor the Other (Form Books, 1999). Somerset Letters (Oasis, 2002), with drawings by Ian Robinson, explored community and landscape. The title sequence of Paravane: new and selected poems, 1996-2003 (Salt, 2004) was a response to 9/11/2001, and the IRA bombsites in London. Myne: new and selected poems and prose, 1976-2005, (Shearsman, 2006) takes its title from the old name for Minehead in Somerset. Lines of Sight (Shearsman, 2009) features Neolithic stone sites on Exmoor, and is part of a collaboration with Tilla Brading, Stone settings (Odyssey, 2010). Her latest book is An Alphabet for Alina (Five Seasons, 2012), a collaboration with artist Peterjon Skelt. Presley has written various essays and reviews, especially on innovative British women poets. She has co-translated the work of two Norwegian poets, Hanne Bramness and Lars Amund Vaage. Her work is included in the anthologies Infinite Difference (Shearsman, 2010), and Ground Aslant: radical landscape poetry (Shearsman, 2011). She has also contributed to a collection of poetic autobiographies, Cusp (Shearsman, 2012).



Three Minute Theatre
Thursday May 2nd
To celebrate the publication of CUSP: Recollections of Poetry in Transition (Shearsman Books) edited by Geraldine Monk, a collective autobiography of some of the UK’s most vital poets. 
Eight of the contributing poets will be reading poetry which has inspired them, from Sappho to Stein, from the Metaphysicals to the Beats plus a taster of their own poetry.
Starring Jim Burns, Frances Presley, Ian Davidson, David Annwn, Nicholas Johnson, Alan Halsey, Tim Allen and Geraldine Monk.
Geraldine Monk will be your MC for the evening so prepare to be entertained. 
What the reviewers said:
‘A joy to read’ Kevin King.  ‘An instructional read. Fun too.’ Charles Boyle. ‘Cusp is an enjoyable, exhilarating and annoying book which I recommend to all.’ Rupert Loydell. ‘A book to dip into and think about’ Steve Spence ‘  ‘A kind of angry nostalgia’ Notre Dame Review.
Venue Details:
Three Minute Theatre
Afflecks Palace,
Oldham Street
Manchester M4 1PW
(5 mins from Piccadilly train station).
Thursday May 2nd
Entry £5/3cons