Lovely lunch yesterday (day or so in London)to mark a few months of mentoring, tutoring, by poet David Grubb. Id taken him a bottle to say thank you, and he treated me to a lovely lunch in the restaurant at the South Bank centre, overlooking the Thames. Wonderful bottle of Sancerre, I felt proper tiddly. Lunch lasted from 12.00 until 3.30, and we had such a good natter -
He also presented me with a book and DVD set, brilliant! Bloodaxe's In Person, 30 Poets. Just out, coupla months back. You read, AND listen... it is my own interactive Poetry Festival!!!
(for a taster of this fabulous book’s DVD, follow THIS LINK and click on the link for the You tube thingummy)
You will see and hear five poets reading from 'IN PERSON'
filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce
DVD-book edited by Neil Astley
C K Williams
. . .
Then the 'come-down':
Got home just now, to find a copy of 'How Poets Work' bought from Amazon second hand, at £35.00. (ahem. It's meant to be very good) I wouldn't mind, but what they didn't say when describing its condition, was that inside it is clearly stamped "WITHDRAWN FROM STOCK", and the frst few pages are torn out. (This is 'excellent condition, apparently)
And to add insult to injury, 50p was pencilled inside, where the front pages containing the library register form thingy had been removed.
So Richmond Books, who I bought it from, have lost a customer.
Nemmind. Im sure it's very good....