Tuesday, November 03, 2009

TONBRIDGE: Matt Nunn and Peter Carpenter

Thursday, 5th November, 2009, 7.30pm, £6
The Studio Theatre,
Tonbridge School,

Readings from Matt Nunn and Peter Carpenter to celebrate the launch of their Nine Arches Press collections, Sounds in the Grass and After the Goldrush.

Peter Carpenter’s poetry is radiant with quiet surprises, important moments captured in the folds of an old document wallet, in back gardens or on winter sea-fronts, buried in the sand or hidden by the noise of a football crowd. Such moments take flight to uncover a distinctive take on both ‘the here and now’ and the echoes of public and private histories. After the Goldrush is thus of its time and about time, in the attentive, skilful hands of a poet truly hitting his stride.

'…a new voice, precise and distinct, and therefore, doubly welcome' George Szirtes

'In short, Peter Carpenter is a masterly portrait-painter' - Matthew Jarvis English

Join Matt Nunn as he travels through the spaces that define us, taking in subjects as diverse as Mother Nature, the back catalogues of youth, breaking down at the greasy spoon and hitting the highways, all accompanied by generous and bittersweet helpings of food, sex and music. Matt Nunn’s third collection, following on from Apocalyptic Bubblegum and Happy cos I’m Blue is his most complete yet.

‘Nunn has the staccato, twisted, lyrical joy in language of an English Raymond Queneau and he brings it to bear on a beautiful, litter-strewn urban landscape where “civilisations intersect” in travestied platitudes, deep-dish riddles and a cavalcade of local detail all at about 100mph.’ – Luke Kennard

'Matt Nunn is multitudes' - David Morley

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