On Tuesday 15 October, at Shoreham Airport (7.00 pm), Michael Bartholomew-Biggs will launch his new collection Fred & Blossom, a poetic tale about love and flying, which was reviewed in the latest number of The Frogmore Papers. He will be joined by guest readers and fellow Frogmore voices Jeremy Page and Jackie Wills. Fred & Blossom is based on the story of F. G. Miles and Maxine Forbes-Robertson, who fell in love in an aeroplane at Shoreham and went on to design and build successful light aircraft during the 1930s. Through their lives we learn about the beginnings of airline travel, the British class system, the Spanish Civil War and the golden age of detective fiction. The event is free and all are welcome, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday 24 October Grace Nichols and John Agard (7.45 pm, doors 7.00) will be reading at Needlewriters in Lewes. Grace will be reading from her collection Picasso, I Want My Face Back and John will be reading a selection of his work, particularly from his new Bloodaxe volume Travel Light Travel Dark.
Tickets are £5 (£3 unwaged and claiming benefit) and are available in advance from Skylark bookshop in the Needlemakers, Lewes (and why not pick up a copy of the new issue of The Frogmore Papers while you’re about it?). It is anticipated that this event will sell out and early purchase of tickets is strongly recommended. More information from: http://www.needlewriters.co.uk/
And on the subject of John Agard, the Frogmore blogmaster cannot resist posting this wonderful picture of John receiving The Queen's Gold Medal of Poetry 2012: