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Two poets book launch
Join Cinnamon Press for an online literary evening via Zoom, with two outstanding poets whose new collections deserve to be celebrated.

Full of wry intelligence, and a sideways perspective that digs beneath the surface of things, Robin Thomas's second collection, A Distant Hum, is creative, witty and warm. Never predictable, leaning on images from art, the cadences of jazz and remarkable moments, whether from history or life, there is an unswerving pressure on language and a sense of mischief that can turn out to be unnervingly serious. This is accomplished, confident work.

Charting winter journeys, travelling to funerals and to the anniversary of a young death, David Batten reflects on loss in its many guises. Facing grief with a meticulous attention, whether it strikes in close family or political reality, Winterreis touches on truths as urgent now as when Willhelm Müller wrote his own Winterreise, a poetry cycle with which Batten resonates and echoes, or when Franz Schubert composed his song cycle of the same name, based on Müller's poems. The poems here become an "assembly of the omens encountered while wandering in contemporary Europe..." and a commemoration of those making music and poetry, who too often die young. Poignant, cathartic and ultimately life-affirming, this is considered poetry written with grace.

The event will begin at 7.30 p.m. BST on Thursday April w9 and will include a Q&A session with the online audience after the readings.

We're asking you to register so that we can manage the online space and to contribute a small registration fee which you can offset by using the discount code available during the launch against book purchases for all attendees.

We hope to see you there.

Apr 29, 2021 07:30 PM in London

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Dave Batten
David Batten studied history and ideology at Hull College and Hull University, where he took his Master's degree, and also played back row for Hull & East Riding RFC, before rejoining family in Gwynedd, teaching at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, then working in community development in North Wales. His debut collection Transhumance was published in 2016; a pamphlet, Storme Passage in 2017; followed by Untergang in 2018, all published by Cinnamon Press. His first prose work, Rotterdam, is part autobiography, part philosophical reflection. He now lives in the Aveyron in southern France.
Robin Thomas
Robin Thomas completed the MA in Writing Poetry at Kingston University in 2012. He has had poems published in a number of journals including Agenda, Envoi, Orbis, Brittle Star, Poetry Salzburg, Poetry Scotland, Pennine Platform, The High Window, South, Stand, Rialto and The Interpreter's House Two Rivers Press RiversSide. He has been shortlisted for the Buzzwords, Bridport and Bath Poetry Café prizes and is represented in the Stanley Spencer anthology published by Two Rivers Press in 2017. His pamphlet, A Fury of Yellow, was published by Eyewear in November, 2016. His debut collection Momentary Turmoil was published by Cinnamon in 2018.