This kind of evening is why we started Red Shed Readings. A full house, loads of first-timers, plus familiar faces, top quality, variety of styles and all coming at you faster than you can unfollow a Brexiteer on Facebook. Headliner Jim Higo writes poetry that entertains and makes you think, casting a piercing eye on topics as diverse as Jamie Oliver, old boxers in Hull pubs and poets with beards! None of it’s about himself ( a nice change!), but in doing so, you get the full warmth and insight of one of Hull’s finest.
Pete Green gave able support and his Sheffield Almanac is reminiscent of MacNeice’s Autumn Journal. I will read it again and again.
Geoff Winde performed more extracts from his Money is as innocent as the Sun, a remarkable spoken-word to music piece and Joachim Lund gave the lie to the idea that one man and a guitar as a format may be running out of steam: His set was a dynamic mesh of styles, encompassing Dylan, John Fahey, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn team al.
We even gave away a load of books.