Parthian Poetry Tour

15 Sep 2009

Parthian are organising an author tour to coincide with National Poetry Day on 8 October, in order to launch two new collections of poetry,  Singing Bass  (Landeg White) and  Being the Famous Ones  (Jeni Williams).

Parthian Poetry Tour
Singing Bass  by Landeg White

In the 60s, Landeg White was chief arranger and bass pan player for Trinidad 's Camboulays steelband. Forty years on, his pitch is the same. In his 8th collection, he takes on Mallarmé's 1891 challenge, 'For the  first time since the beginning of poetry, poets have stopped singing bass.' 

Versatile in form, sensuous in language, cosmopolitan in range, White renews poetry's oldest themes. His celebrations of love, language, anger,and mortality are securely earthed in the Portugal where he now lives. Landeg will be flying over from Portugal for four days only so these are 4 exclusive UK dates.

(Landeg White was born in south Wales and lives in Portugal , having taken in along the way universities in Trinidad , Malawi , Sierra Leone , Zambia and York . His books include studies of VS Naipaul; of Mozambican and Malawian history; and of southern African praise poetry; along with seven collections of poetry including Where the Angolans are Playing Football (Parthian, 2003) and Arab Work (Parthian, 2006). He teaches at Portugal ’s Universidade Aberta (Open University). His translation of Camões’s The Lusíads won the TLS translation prize for 1998.)

Being the Famous Ones  by Jeni Williams

Jeni’s first collection of poems is rooted in Wales but deeply engaging with the wider world. The poems are deeply interested in people- in their stories, voices, and conversations. Her collection deals with the difficult subjects of vulnerability, the abuse of power, and the complexities of loss.


Parthian Poetry Tour


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