Poetry and pints evening

AN AWARD-winning Whitby poet and fiction writer is set to descend upon Richmond for a special night of poetry at the prestigious Georgian Theatre Royal.

Chris Firth will be welcomed to the theatre on Monday 5 September as part of their ‘Poetry and Pints’ evening reading poetry focused on Yorkshire, birds and nature.

Chris has been awarded the Yorkshire Book of the Year for poetry with his works ‘North Yorkshire One Nine Nine.’

His poetry is mainly nature and landscape based, and Chris will be reading from his latest publication of bird poetry called ‘The Electric Green Language of Birds.’

Twelve of these poems will be familiar to readers of The Countryman magazine as they appeared monthly in the ‘Wild About Britain’ feature with illustrations by Christine Isherwood.

Chris would like to invite anyone wanting to bring Yorkshire or nature poems to read or be read to do so as he hopes the evening will be interactive.

Poet and raconteur, Carol Leach, will add a feminine voice to any poems people would like reading.

Organisers hope that ‘Poetry and Pints’ will encourage both the participation and appreciation of published and unpublished poetry.

Audiences are warmly invited to share poems within the second half of the evening.

While the night will mainly focus on poetry, Chris is also a fiction-writer. ‘Branwell Bronte’s Barber’s Tale’ is a novel exploring the genuine theory that Branwell was the actual writer of the novel that came to be known as ‘Wuthering Heights.’

Chris also received the Arts Council Travel and Research award, and travelled to Croatia and Bosnia Herzogovina to research the effects of recent warfare and to work with young writers.

The evening is free to attend and will start at 7.30pm.

For more details contact the Georgian Theatre box office on (01748) 825252.