Liverpudlian poet Brian Patten makes London appearance in Teddington performance poetry event

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Poet: Brian Patten will perform in Teddington, photo credit: Theo Moye/Apex Poet: Brian Patten will perform in Teddington, photo credit: Theo Moye/Apex

One of the UK’s most significant poets, Brian Patten, will make a rare London appearance next month.

Patten made his name in the 1960s as one of the Liverpool Poets alongside Adrian Henri and Roger McGough.

Their main aim was to make poetry immediate and accessible for their audience, and their joint anthology, The Mersey Sound, has been credited as the most significant anthology of the 20th century for its success in bringing poetry to new audiences.

Patten is also well-known for his best-selling poetry collections for children and has been honoured with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.

Joining Brian Patten on the bill for this thought-provoking evening of performance poetry and music are Richard Tyrone-Jones, Jo Bell, Kirsten Irving and singer-songwriter Isolda.

Word Cafe founder and poet, Julie Mullen, a fellow Liverpudlian, will also perform during the poetry evening.

She says: “Having known Brian for many years, I am delighted that we will be welcoming this distinguished fellow Scouser to the Word Cafe in June, particularly after the wonderful reception given to Roger McGough when he appeared in 2013.”

  • Brian Patten at The Word Cafe; Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington; June 5; 7.30pm; £10 to £12; visit landmarkartscentre.org or 020 8977 7558.

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