Basil Bunting

London Word Festival Commission

Friday, January 22nd, 2010 | Live Shows | No Comments


I am just about to start work on a new piece commissioned by the London Word Festival. They have asked me to remake Basil Bunting’s long-form poem Briggflatts. 

Born in 1900, Basil Bunting was imprisoned as a conscientious objector, lived in Persia as a British spy in the 40s and later worked as a journalist in his native North East. Briggflatts, a poetic autobiography which celebrates the culture and language of Northumbria, was published in 1966 and belatedly announced Bunting as one of the great Modernist poets alongside T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.

Have a go on this video – VOICE! 

I’ll be performing the piece on Sunday the 28th March, at Stoke Newington International Airport . It’s £6.50 adv / £8 door and starts at 7:30.  Any you’ll get my good self + Peter Finch+ MacGillivray + Hannah Silva.

All the info is here.

All I have to do now is make the thing….

Leafcutter John x.

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