Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Monday 16 September 2019

‘Archipelagos’ Book Launch TONIGHT!!

‘Archipelagos’ Book Launch

From 6.30pm Friday 21st December

Wivenhoe Bookshop

We are delighted to have the privilege of launching this excellent book of poetry penned over many years by our former colleague Leslie Bell, and it’s a pleasure to see his work in print. Do join us for what promises to be a convivial evening of readings.

Leslie Bell, born 1947 in Lanarkshire, grew up on Tyneside, in Finland, and in Scotland. He studied in Washington D.C. for a year then read English at King’s College, Cambridge. He has been a builder, auxiliary nurse, teacher, drama student, printer at Mica Press, bookseller’s assistant, and systems programmer in university web support and e-learning. He is currently a support worker with autistic adults.
Leslie Bell’s poetry is antic, metaphysical, witty and lugubrious, traditional and modern, highly literary, and always glancing off in unexpected directions. A lost, drastically underpublished, here refound poet of the classic Cambridge school, he deserves to be read by all who value craft, daring and sheer exuberant playfulness. It is good to see this gathering at last.
John Muckle
Leslie Bell’s collection of poems offers topical, personal, deeply felt insights into the human condition. There is an impressive range of versification and a variety of techniques. While delighting in the dress and play of language, Leslie Bell is not afraid to ‘walk naked’.
David Charleston

The book has been beautifully designed by John Wallett.

 

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