The Petworth Festival joins forces with the South Downs Poetry Festival for a breakfast event where orange juice, croissants, the Sunday newspapers, music and poetry will be the name of the game. Join the relaxed environment for a session with Christopher Reid’s sequel to T S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Originally conceived by Eliot himself, Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dog poems are as witty, varied and exquisitely compiled as Eliot’s cats. Reid is joined by his illustrator Elliot Elam.
The cast for the breakfast session also includes South Downs poet James Simpson and music from mother/daughter voice/guitar duo Linda Kelsall-Barnett and Tamzin Barnett.
Christopher Reid is the author of many books of poems, including A Scattering (winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award 2009), The Song of Lunch, Nonsense and The Curiosities. For his first collection of poems for children, All Sorts, he received the Signal Award 2000. From 1991 to 1999 he was Poetry Editor at Faber & Faber, where T S Eliot once worked. His Letters of Ted Hughes appeared in 2007.
Elliot Elam is a self-trained illustrator living in Walthamstow.
Refreshments generously supplied by the Co-Op and included in ticket price.
10am Doors Open / OJ, Tea, Coffee (cafetiere), croissants available / Sunday Papers out
11am Poetry & Music (30mins) and then presentation about the book (45mins) with a short comfort break in-between.
Seating is unreserved with chairs around tables.
Christopher Reid (photo: Jemimah Kuhfeld)