Monday, April 30, 2018 - 19:00


The Galleries



Book Launch: Elizabeth Parker & Claire Williamson & violinist John Pearce

Doors: 7.00pm, with welcome drink

Event: 7.30pm-8.45pm

Featuring: Poets - Claire Williamson, Elizabeth Parker, Bob Walton, Paul Deaton and Violinist - John Pearce

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Stay for signing and mingling

Claire Williamson's new collection, Visiting the Minotaur:

'With each book, Claire Williamson’s poetry draws closer to the true and unselfconscious marriage of the mythic and the personal. The sometimes painful material of a life gains depth and resonance, while the figures of myth draw closer, to inhabit tender, energetic bodies in this world – bodies that may be endangered, may be dangerous, and may be our own.'

Philip Gross

'Rare is the collection that possesses such a boundless emotional palette, but in Visiting the Minotaur the reader is called on a journey that explores the frontiers of feeling and sutures opposites - past to future and trauma to recovery - in a dazzling display of linguistic imagination and lyrical adventure. Moments of devastating recollection are conveyed with skewering exactness whilst portraits of motherhood shed fresh light on this experience. By turns heart-wrenching and page-stopping, Williamson’s new collection triangulates drama, comedy and memory in a way that leaves the reader changed. Here is a book that demands to be read and re-read.'

Carolyn Jess-Cooke


Elizabeth Parker's new collection, In Her Shambles:

In Her Shambles is a book of acute observation, intelligence and feeling. This is a radiantly-written and vigorous collection by a rising star of British poetry.’

David Morley, winner of The Ted Hughes Award

'Hers is a dexterous poetry of confidently conjured atmospheres and moods, at once elusive and heady with lyric invention. She has a canny way with the repeated phrase and a technical control that's impressive yet lightly worn. Parker's debut is, without doubt, a fine thing to be both celebrated and admired.'

Martin Malone, poet and editor of poetry journal: The Interpreter's House.


John Pearce (violinist)

Born in Bristol, John Pearce began learning the violin at the age of seven and has since performed in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Japan as well as at venues in London including the Royal Albert Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and St. John’s, Smith Square.

He has performed live on BBC radio and television and has given world premieres of works by composers such as Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. As a soloist, he has performed concertos by Bach, Bruch, Beethoven and Brahms and gives duo recitals with pianist and composer Motoki Hirai. Festival performances have included the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Bath Festival and the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

John had the honour of receiving an award from the Former Parliamentary under Secretary of State for an outstanding contribution to music and was awarded a bursary at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Gyorgy Pauk, later continuing his studies privately with Bela Katona.

He was also part of the Live Music Now scheme that was developed by Yehudi Menuhin as a musical outreach organisation and John continues to give masterclasses and music workshops throughout the country.

His own work as a jazz musician has led him to collaborate with David Newton, Alex Hutchings, James Morton, Ian Matthews and Andy Sheppard.

"He extracts a gloriously heart-warming quality from his instrument...playing with the utmost tenderness." The Guardian