Sunday 17th November 16:30 - 18:00 Abbot Hall Social Centre
A film and a poetry reading with award-winning poet Robert Minhinnick and film director Eamon Bourke.
WALES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018
WINNER OF THE 2018 ROLAND MATHIAS POETRY AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 T.S. ELIOT PRIZE
Robert Minhinnick is an award-winning and acclaimed contemporary Welsh poet. Carol Ann-Duffy described him as 'one of the most important poets of these turbulent times'.
We welcome Robert Minhinnick and Eamon Bourke to Kendal to share his newest volume of poetry - Diary of the Last Man - and the exceptional film that has been created to sit alongside it.
Diary of the Last Man is an imaginative, intimate film-portrait of the writer Robert Minhinnick, created by director Eamon Bourke. The film charts a walk between the mouths of the rivers Cynffig and Ogwr on the south coast of Wales. A beguiling cinematic experience that shifts and turns with the tide following the poet and his alter egos deep into the hidden and threatened landscapes illuminated in this award winning collection.
The opening poem sequence, 'Diary of the Last Man', sets the tone for the collection, a celebration of the dwindling Earth, an elegy, a caution. The sequence remembers all the geographies of his earlier work, old and new world, but now unpeopled and the lonely spirit free to go anywhere, do anything, but meaning with mankind has drained away. Yet still alive, and still with language, registering.
The rest of the book is filled with voices: of children, of rivers, terrorists, magicians; and voices translated from the Welsh, and from Turkish and Arabic, shared, enriching with their difference, their other worlds. History washes over and washes up on the strand of this Welsh book. It is seen and recognised, it begins to be transformed. In the long concluding poem, 'The Sand Orchestra', the poet returns to his own voice, and to the voice of a Bechstein piano abandoned in the open air, played now by nature, its winds and sand. The last man, who has been looking for Ulysses, is the very man he has been looking for.
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