As mentioned previously, yesterday Les Murray was reading (and answering questions) at Goldsmiths, and I was lucky enough to attend. I was joined by Vanessa Gebbie, and although our journey there and back took several hours the time went super fast in her company. Thanks for coming Vanessa!
I first saw Les Murray 11 years ago at the South Bank. I was feeling unwell, strange, not myself. He read a beautiful poem about his son which set me chiming. A day or two afterwards I discovered I was pregnant. I therefore have long associated him with that huge life-changing event.
As Vanessa has said on her blog we both came away feeling inspired to stay true to ourselves. Les Murray’s voice is unique, and his presence, attitude and demeanour is refreshing, I can’t imagine him ever schmoozing anyone. He is a one off, a glorious poet, and an inspiration in many ways.