Sunday 27 May, 1.45pm – 3.15pm
presented by Shearsman
Kenny Knight was born in Plymouth in 1951. His home city is his poetic territory, and especially the suburban district of Honicknowle, immortalised in his first collection The Honicknowle Book of the Dead (Shearsman, 2009.), described by fellow Plymouth (and Shearsman) poet Steve Spence as “a hilarious and nostalgic look at a working-class childhood…” Harry Guest has described Kenny’s work as “affectionate, warm, funny, clear, evocative and intensely moving in the way it invokes the past so skilfully.” Kenny followed up with his second collection from Shearsman, A Long Weekend on the Sofa, in 2016 - another poetic tour of Plymouth where we encounter a roll-call of characters from Guy Burgess to Gus Honeybun, interspersed with myriad musical references from Mick Abrahams to Warren Zevon. Kenny runs CrossCountry Writers and works in a Plymouth supermarket.
In addition, his poetry has been commissioned to accompany travelling Arts Council exhibitions of British modernist art. He has collaborated with various musicians and composers both in performance and recording, producing the CD A Thesis on the Ballad with The Jack Hues Quartet. His work has been anthologised in the UK and the USA and translated into Greek and Portuguese. He is the guest editor of the Shearsman poetry magazine.
Andrew Brewerton is widely published as both poet and translator, with several collections to his name, and an Italian edition of his work is due later this year. He is also an internationally renowned artist, critic and lecturer, specialising in the field of glass. In addition, he is also Principal and Chief Executive of Plymouth College of Art, Honorary Professor of Fine Arts at Shanghai University and Visiting Professor at Nanjing Normal University.