Poets unite for Dickens delight
February 10, 2012
Poets will gather at the Great Expectations Hotel & Bar to propose a literary toast to Charles Dickens.
Tuesday was the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth and Reading publisher Two Rivers Press has marked it with a new anthology. ‘A Mutual Friend: Poems for Charles Dickens’ contains responses from today’s writers to the life and work of the great author.
Contributors including Jane Draycott, AF Harrold, Susan Utting and Adrian Blamires will be at the London Street hotel from noon until 3pm on Sunday to read their poems.
The hotel used to be the town’s Mechanics Institute – set up to educate the working classes in sciences, literature and the arts – and Dickens gave public readings of his work there. He was also once asked to be Reading’s MP.
‘A Mutual Friend: Poems for Charles Dickens’ is edited by Peter Robinson, professor of English language and literature at The University of Reading.
The front cover illustration of the Mechanics Institute is by Martin Andrews, formerly from The University of Reading’s typography department.
The book (ISBN: 978-1-901677-78-2) is £10 and can be ordered via the www.tworiverspress.com website.