Neil Clarkson Launched

Neil Clarkson’s debut collection Build You Again in Wood was launched yesterday at The Albert Hotel, Huddersfield, to an audience of about 25. Neil has been ill for a fortnight but struggled in and read excellently, gaining strength through the evening from the appreciative response to his wonderful poems. He demonstrated the versatility of his writing, taking us from the Yorkshire dialect through a whimsical but pointed take on social and political issues, concluding with the moving autism sequence. In the last-named he was accompanied between poems by the finger-picking of his guitarist friend, Tom.
Guest readers were Charlotte Wetton and Nigel King. They’ve never read better and did full justice to their marvellous material, which augurs well for their forthcoming Calder Valley Poetry publications.
A huge thank you to those who came along, braving the wake of Storm Doris. There was a lovely atmosphere in that Albert back room, as there always is.

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