• David J Costello

Readings and writings

Zoom has loomed large in the lives of all poets in the last year or so. To be honest I'll be grateful to get back to 'normal' later this year. In the meantime what will probably be my last Zoom reading of the Covid era will be on Wednesday 12th May. I'll be reading with my good friend and fellow Chester Poet Ian M Parr. I was delighted to endorse Ian's collection Singing Tomorrows and look forward to hearing him read from it.

The event is hosted by those stalwart supporters of all things poetry, Wirral Festival of Firsts. The event is ticketed but there is no charge. The title of the event is Taking Stock and you can book your place by using the following link:

Also on the horizon (subject to Covid restrictions obvs!) is my first 'out of lockdown' reading. Provisionally this will be on Thursday 16th September 2021 at Wallasey Central Library, 17 Earlston Rd, New Brighton, Wallasey CH45 5DX from 18:00 to 19:30. The event will be in the first floor suite, it is fully accessible by lift. Refreshments (including wine) will be provided.

This will be a Red Squirrel Press reading. I will be reading from Heft and I'm delighted I will be joined by Kemal Houghton reading from his RSP pamphlet There Will Be Dancing and Maureen Weldon reading from her forthcoming RSP pamphlet The Waking Hour.

In addition both Sheila Wakefield, RSP's founding editor, and my editor Elizabeth Rimmer will be making the long journey from Scotland to support us.

I'll confirm full details in due course, but this is something I really am looking forward too.

And finally, to add to the growing sense of optimism I'm delighted Poetry Scotland have taken my latest poem Octopus for their first issue. Thanks to editors Andy Jackson and Judy Taylor for including it and my best wishes to them for the future of this re-launched icon of the poetry world.

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