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Books and poetry
Off the Shelf at Blacks with the Writers' Guild
The next one-day residence in the Guild's literary afternoons features poets Leo Aylen (pictured) and Alan Brownjohn on 17 December. Please book with Jan Woolf for a day of coffee, poetry and lunch in the beautiful rooms of Black’s club Soho.
Leo Aylen is an author, film director and prize-winning poet. He will read from his ninth collection The Day The Grass Came, which Melvyn Bragg describes as 'a triumph', Geoffrey Heptonstall as a 'very real achievement', and Simon Callow as 'virile, vital, virtuosic'.
Alan Brownjohn published his first poetry collection, The Railings, in 1961, and has been a major figure on the British poetry scene, chairing the Poetry Society between 1982 and 1988 and serving as poetry critic for the New Statesman. He has also sat on the Arts Council literature panel and has written four novels, two books for children and a critical study of Philip Larkin. His Collected Poemswas published by Enitharmon in 2006.
The event runs from 11am-4pm at Black's Club in London for a maximum of 23 attendees, who will have a chance to read some of their own work after lunch. Cost is £25,including 2-course lunch.
Open to all, including non-members of the Guild.
On 14 January, author and screenwriter Brendan Foley will be reading from his WWII bestsellerUnder the Wire and discussing the differences between screenplays and books. He will also describe working as a writer and director, with actors as diverse as Sir Derek Jacobi, Vanessa Redgrave and Vinnie Jones, talking about the changes from script to screen.11am, Blacks, 67 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 4QH