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Saturday 11 May

Jeremy Robson

Under Cover: A Poet’s Life in Publishing

6.00pm to 7.00pm

Fowey Town Hall, £10

Jeremy Robson talks about his life as a successful poet and publisher that saw him work with many bestselling authors and occupy a place at the heart of the UK’s poetry scene. His new memoir is full of stories of those he has worked with including driving Muhammad Ali around Britain, enjoying a laugh with Spike Milligan, and a poetry tour of Israel with Ted Hughes. He talks about his friendships with the likes of Dannie Abse, Laurie Lee and Vernon Scannell, and about the hundreds of poetry and jazz concerts he famously organised. He describes the challenges and joys of founding his own independent publishing company and offers an insight into the changing face of the publishing industry. Jeremy worked in publishing before founding Robson Books and he edited many landmark poetry anthologies. His own poetry has been widely published, including his most recent collections Blues in the Park and Subject Matters. He initiated and participated in the highly popular Poetry and Jazz in Concert events that featured many leading poets and musicians. Jeremy will be in conversation with Daphne Skinnard, Deputy Editor, BBC Radio Cornwall. Wine and soft drinks available.

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