Poetry and Music in the Herne Hill Music Festival
Harry Eyres has become one of the most eloquent advocates of the worldwide Slow movement. Having worked for leading newspapers and magazines as a theatre critic,wine writer and poetry editor, in 2004 he created the Slow Lane column in FT Weekend.
Harry is also the author of The Beginner’s Guide to Plato’s The Republic (Hodder & Stoughton), the memoir Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet (Bloomsbury: short-listed for the PEN/Ackerley Prize in 2014), and several books on wine. He lives in London, and enjoys playing tennis and the piano.
John Christopher Wood
John was born in Yorkshire, but sensibly moved to the soft South many years ago. Elsie and Norm’s Macbeth, his comic version of Shakespeare’s kilts and murder play, set in a Yorkshire living room, has been performed worldwide. He has written and performed a one-man play about Hitler, The Third Rule, which appeared on the Edinburgh Fringe.
He writes and performs as a stand-up poet, and likes doing stand-up poetry because it’s shorter than plays and he doesn’t have to learn the lines. His one-man verse show The Naked Truth has done very well, thank you, for a show with poems in it, and had a four star review in Venue magazine which said “rhyme does battle with reason to humorous effect ”; Bristol Evening Post gave it five stars and said “the audience was in hysterics”.
City Ramblers Revival
- are named after the famous late 50’s skiffle group the City Ramblers, regulars on BBC Radio and TV’s 6.5.Special, resident band of the Skiffle Cellar, Soho. Today, CRR are Simon Prager guitar/vocals, Doc Stenson guitar/mouth harp/vocals, Hylda Sims, guitar/vocals, occasionally accompanied by George Bridges on string bass and Joe Barton on washboard. Hylda Sims was a founder member of the original City Ramblers. Today she writes songs, poetry and novels and hosts Fourth Friday, an acoustic music and poetry event at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden.
Tickets from the Herne Hill Music Festival: http://hernehillfestival.org