Keith Hutson Readings

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). They read together again at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July. Keith will be giving more readings alongside Carol Ann Duffy in the 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.

A podcast interview with Keith Hutson on Two Minutes Stories can be heard here. Keith read 'The Audience' from Baldwin's Catholic Geese and spoke about his poetry and his life in comedy (from 28.50).




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


'... 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:


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.

[17 June 2019]

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