Keith Hutson readings
Keith Hutson reading at The Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax, 15 March 2019. Photograph by Ant Robling.
Keith Hutson's first full-length collection Baldwin's Catholic Geese was published by Bloodaxe in February 2019, and launched with readings at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and at Halifax's Square Chapel Arts Centre in March (both hosted by the then Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy). Keith will be giving more readings alongside Carol Ann Duffy in the summer and autumn.
Through vivid portraits, the book looks at the delight and heartbreak of being human through the lens of beloved music hall stars, as well as long-forgotten variety acts of the past. It acts as a comedic chronicle of social history that, in the words of Carol Ann Duffy, illustrate 'something timeless about ambition and the human spirit'.
Carol Rumens discussed Keith Hutson's poem 'The Opener' from Baldwin's Catholic Geese in her 'Poem of the Week' column on The Guardian website. 'The collection delivers the comedy and oddity its title promises, but amounts to very much more than a novelty act. It’s a commemoration.' Read the column here.
READINGS WITH KEITH HUTSON
Thursday 20 June 2019, 7.30pm, Urmston Library, Urmston Shopping Centre, M41 0NA
An Evening with Poet Keith Hutson
Keith Hutson has written for Coronation Street and for several well-known comedians. His plays have been performed at venues including The Royal Exchange in Manchester. His debut poetry pamphlet, Routines, was published in 2016. He is co-editor of Poetry Salzburg Review and tours extensively with Carol Ann Duffy. He also teaches poetry and performance skills for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. A Mancunian until the seas boil dry, Keith now lives in Halifax with his partner and Eric the dog.
Keith will be reading from his first full-length collection Baldwin's Catholic Geese.
A Wordfest/ Urmston Bookshop event.
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Ledbury Poetry Festival, Friday 12 July 2019, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Comedy writer and poet Keith Hutson joins Carol Ann Duffy in Carol Ann Duffy and friends, an event that was due to feature the ex-Poet Laureate with two new poets she has been championing: Keith Hutson and Mark Pajak. Unfortunately Mark Pajak is not able to appear.
Keith’s debut collection Baldwin’s Catholic Geese presents an extraordinary cast of entertainers from the days of the music hall through to TV celebrities like Hylda Baker, Les Dawson and Frankie Howerd.
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Thursday 18 July 2019, 7.30pm
The Vanguard Readings, The Pelican, Camberwell, London SE15 5PY
London launch for Baldwin’s Catholic Geese.
Keith Hutson has invited Anthony Costello and fellow Bloodaxe poet Hannah Lowe to read alongside him.
For details, visit the Vanguard Readings Facebook page.
Thursday 24 October 2019, 6.45pm, admission £3
Explore York Libraries & Archives, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS
For further details, visit exploreyork.org.uk.
'... a tonic – a fizzing celebrant of often unremembered lives... There’s more than artistry to Keith Hutson’s peerless volume.' - Steve Whitaker in The Yorkshire Times. Read the review here.
You can hear Keith read alongside Carol Ann Duffy and Mark Pajak at the Royal Society of Literature's T S Eliot Memorial Reading on 7 February 2017. Carol Ann Duffy introduces Keith at 31.45. Keith's reading begins at 47.27: https://rsliterature.org/library-article/annual-t-s-eliot-memorial-reading-with-carol-ann-duffy/
Keith Hutson: The Audience (i.m. Les Dawson 1931–1993)
Keith Hutson reads and introduces his poem ‘The Audience’ about Les Dawson, one of the many comedians he worked with before moving from comedy script writing to poetry.
Keith Hutson: Hylda (for Hylda Baker 1909–1986)
Keith Hutson reads and introduces his poem ‘Hylda’ about the rise and fall of comedienne Hylda Baker, familiar to television audiences as the mouthy proprietress of Pledge’s Pickle Factory on ITV.
Keith Hutson: Accept No Imitations (i.m. J.D. Plummer 1846–1901)
Keith Hutson reads and introduces his poem ‘Accept No Imitations’ about J.D. Plummer, a resourceful Victorian impresario whose final tragic fate was beyond his control.
Keith Hutson: Glasgow Empire
Keith Hutson reads and introduces his poem ‘Glasgow Empire’ about the notorious theatre where even the most famous comedians were booed off the stage.
Keith Hutson: Baldwin’s Catholic Geese
Keith Hutson reads and introduces a selection of poems from Baldwin’s Catholic Geese. Neil Astley filmed Keith Hutson at his home in Halifax, West Yorkshire, in February 2019.
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