Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Another late day at unversity, but some work is good so it doesn't matter if it stretches. At TCD in Dublin some of BKs classes ran three hours over and if the students didn't mind, he didn't mind. I'm getting a little that way myself. In any case, it had been a bright crisp beginning to the day and so it remained. There is nothing better than such a day in autumn, unless it is a sunny winter day. Good things generally are best when they simply arrive without too much of a hello and goodbye and there is something about art too that doesn't like a timetable but keeps going while there's energy. So it's morning already?
I have worked some seven versions of the Zbigniew Herbert paper and sent off a copy this morning. On Sunday I am off to Cracow to give the paper, then fly to Frankfurt for a day for another event before returning home on Thursday to teach on Friday. I never look forward to travelling. Hate the fuss and organisation of it. Hate the disruption. But then I quite like being disrupted once I am there. Dream days. Days out of time. Days of other reality.
After tomorrow I go down to the BBC to record a radio programme in a series titled Points of Entry, about immigration, as from the immigrants' point of view. That's all written too as is the Englishness of English poetry lecture for Liverpool. When I want to scare myself I look at my schedule for the next six weeks. In fact I wake up at 3 or 4 am feeling scared.
You can tell I am tired. There's no subject. So here is a list of upcoming gigs - not all, but those near publication date:
Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Saturday 8 November, 8 pm
Newcastle, Live Poetry, Live Theatre, Sunday 9 November, 7.30pm,
The Savile Club, London, Friday 14 November, 7.00pm
Warwick Arts Centre, Wednesday 19 November, 7.15pm
Cambridge, St John's, Thursday 27 November, 7pm
University of Kent, Darwin Lecture Theatre, 2 December 2008, 7pm
Hungarian Cultural Centre, London, Wednesday 3 December, 7 pm
The King of Hearts, Norwich, 5 December 7pm
Bath Spa University, Bath, 11 December 2008, 8pm
If you live near these places you might consider coming along. In your own good time. Providing the weather...
But there's other travelling besides. I might put some of that up next.