Les Murray

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.

Les Murray reading and discussing his work!

Whoooo hooooo!

Very happy to say that Les Murray (“Australia’s greatest living poet” and my personal favourite) is going to be reading and discussing his poetry in a rare and brief visit to the U.K. He will be at Goldsmith’s University at 6 p.m on 6th May. More details here. Astonishingly this is a FREE event. Free, as in you need pay zero money!

I will be going for sure. I saw him at the Southbank about 11 years ago. I was incredibly moved by his poetry, and hearing him was a privilege. Each poem was made crystal clear by his reading, and it is one of my treasured memories. I sound ultra gushy I know, but really I found it remarkable.

Anyone interested in going can contact Ben Pester at Goldsmith’s or leave a comment here and I’ll pass on your interest.

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