'A magic ability to turn radiant imagination loose' The Times
Using the posters and handwritten manuscripts on the walls of his study, Brian explores his past and its many ghosts. He reads from his new and earlier work and includes poems by some of the great figures with whom he has read - from Robert Graves and Pablo Neruda, to Laurie Lee, Allen Ginsberg & Charles Causley - and talks about their influences on him as a young writer making his way.
Brian Patten has read alongside such figures as Pablo Neruda, Allen Ginsberg, Stevie Smith and Robert Lowell. His mix of serious and humorous work make him hard to equal in performance. With a reputation enhanced by each of his collections, and now translations into Italian, Spanish German & Polish, he is acknowledged as one of Europe's foremost poets.