The Verb New Voices

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This event, part of the BBC’s Contains Strong Language Festival was an absolute treat.  I hadn’t planned on going but was called upon at the last minute to transport Keely Hodgson and her cello to Hull and I’m really glad I did.  The New Voices scheme selects three up and coming poets to create new, innovative work and Laura’s collaboration was certainly a cut above the average.  Six poems about family history, loss and love were married to cello music which seemed to dance with the words.  So good, even Ian McMillan was temporarily dumbstruck.  A privilege to be a part of it, even if I was only the taxi.  I also got to perform as well, which was nice.  Being a poetry roadie has its advantages.

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