SHERB: new urban writing from Coventryedited by Jonathan Morley and Anthony Owen, and including poems by Jane Commane, Colin Dick, Jane Holland, Barry Patterson, George Ttoouli, Claire King and Michael McKimm, with photographs of the River Sherbourne by Jane Commane and cover artwork by Paul Blakemore
The featured poets belong to a group which meets informally in the Tin Angel bar in Coventry city centre on the first Tuesday of every month. Since its inception by Heaventree in 2003 the event - 'Nightblue Fruit' - has become recognised in the West Midlands as a spawning ground for new ideas and poetic collaborations: anarchic, outspoken and rooted in a makeshift local literary tradition that can reconcile John Hewitt with the football stadium, Philip Larkin with the Gypsy song and the ghazal. Loosely plotted around Coventry's river, the Sherbourne or 'Bright Stream', now a polluted trickle flowing in culverts beneath the city, the collection illustrates how regional literatures find voice in response to a specific time and locale.
LAUNCH NIGHT: Tuesday 5th December, The Tin Angel bar, Spon Street, Coventry, 8:30pm
40pp chapbook. ISBN 978-1-906038-14-4. Price £3.99.