October is the perfect month to head to the UK--as I am eternally reminded of Dylan Thomas' poem "Especially when the October Wind" which begins:
Especially when the October wind With frosty fingers punishes my hair, Caught by the crabbing sun I walk on fire And cast a shadow crab upon the land,(...)
And so I am off to partake in two UK events:
II) 30 Oct 2014 at 7:30pm: READING at The Apple Tree in London (as the "opening act" Ikeep saying to friends) with the amazing authors Eleni Sikelianos and Laird Hunt. Series run by UK poets Jeff Hilson + Sean Bonney. AT: Xing the Line: The Apple Tree, 45 Mount Pleasant, Clerkenwell WC1X 2AE. Entry fee £5 or £3. To keep up on the event, check out the Xing the Line FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/140494812663758/
Info on the Round Table event for Tears in the Fence:
Round Table: Of Tradition and Experiment. To celebrate 30 years of Tears in the Fence a magazine featuring international authors writing in a diverse range of aesthetic and formal styles, join us at 5pm on Oct 25th in Stourpaine, Dorset, UK for this round table discussion on issues of tradition and “avant-gardism” today. Authors Jennifer K Dick, Richard Makin and Jeff Hilson will present, dialogue and discuss some of their issues as authors, publishers and readers with tradition and experiment as well as comment on how they see this issue both on a national (UK) level and on an international scale. Topics will include literary homage, formal choice and language use. We will close with a debate on the new newness—what we think is or isn’t just over the literary horizon! Participants are invited to read the article in issue 60 of Tears in the Fence as an amuse-bouche prepping for the discussion. We hope you will all participate in this lively debate and round table discussion!!!