‘Boys only want love if it’s torture.’ In the epigraph to his new collection, Cavalcanty, Peter Hughes quotes the memorable Taylor Swift lyric, and thus sets the tone for an inventive, contemporary take on thirteenth-century Tuscan poet Guido Cavalcanti, the writer who helped create a new kind of poetry for the city, rather than the court. Joining Peter at The Book Hive will be John Gallas, whose new collection The Little Sublime Comedy reanimates one of the great works of world literature for the twenty-first century. Relocated from medieval Italy to modern-day New Zealand, Dante’s Divine Comedy is given a new lease of life in Gallas’s darkly funny, surreal adaptation which takes the reader on a journey through the ‘Bad Place, the Better Place and the Good Place.
This will be a great evening in the company of two marvellous contemporary poets launching their excellent and witty new collections.
And it's free! Come and join them for a drink, a reading and get your new books, (published by the ever excellent Carcanet) signed!
6.30 for 7.00pm