Monday, October 22, 2012

DULWICH: Christopher Reid and Sam Riviere

Tuesday, 23rd October, 2012, 7.30 pm, £5, redeemable against either Nonsense or 81 Austerities
Dulwich Books,
6 Croxted Road,
SE21 8SW
tel: 020 8670 1920

Faber Poets at Dulwich Books: Christopher Reid and Sam Riviere

Christopher Reid and Sam Riviere, two of Faber’s most accomplished poets, will be reading from their new work at Dulwich Books.

Christopher Reid has been a presence on the British poetry scene since his award-winning first collection, Arcadia, in 1979. One of the founders of the ‘Martian’ school of poetry, his recent long poem in memory of his wife, A Scattering, received the Costa Prize for Poetry in 2009. His new collection Nonsense is formally adventurous, the first half taken up with a single narrative poem in which a widowed  academic, Professor Winterthorn, flies across the world to attend a conference on the topic of ‘Nonsense and the Pursuit of Futility.’ A funny and expansive collection, Nonsense shows Reid on fine form.

Sam Riviere has been a strident new voice in London poetry for the last couple of years, and 81 Austerities is his first full-length collection. The book is a sideways response to government austerity measures and very much of its moment. ‘Adversity in the Arts’ could sum up both the vitality and difficulty of writing in Britain at present: ‘it’s no exaggeration to say that/there are not enough minutes/in the day to give each the attention/they undoubtedly deserve.’  

Reserve tickets ahead of time in person, write to us at or call us on 020 8670 1920. Refreshments will be included.

Tickets are available from Dulwich Books or online from

P.S. We’ll also be selling all poetry at a 20% discount on the night, so it’s a good chance to stock up!

Twitter: @dulwichbooks
Rail: Within 15 minutes from West Dulwich, Tulse Hill or West Norwood 
Bus: On number 3 Bus Route. Park Hall Rd. Stop.

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