An Evening of Poetry with John Harvey & Woody Haut

Tuesday 21st November 2023 at 6:30pm

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Join local poets John Harvey and Woody Haut for a poetry reading from their new collections On Balance and On Dangerous Ground

About John Harvey

“Harvey is a fine poet. What is most striking is the insight into the minds and
hearts of others- there is a tenderness here that many British poets do not risk.” John Burnside

JOHN HARVEY was born in north London in 1938. Best known as a writer of crime fiction – in 2007 he was awarded the Crime Writer’s Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing.

About Woody Haut

Translating the poetry of film noir into film noir poetry, Woody Haut’s On Dangerous Ground zeroes in on 50 classic examples of the genre. A long-time noir-watcher, Haut focuses on the directors, writers, actors, and cinematographers, not to mention the political implications of assorted femmes fatales, doomed heroes, luckless losers, lonely psychopaths, bleak urban settings, sartorial styles, oblique angles and lighting, low-key, high-contrast or anything in-between. The result is a series of jazz-inflected and linguistically fractured poems as original as they are illuminating.

“Woody Haut’s On Dangerous Ground is a succinct and atmospheric swirl through the shadowy landscapes of film noir. Haut’s language is perfumed with sorrow. This is a book of noir poems about what makes noir special, and it also serves as an incredible viewing guide in the vein of Barry Gifford’s Out of the Past: Adventures in Film Noir.” —William Boyle, author of Gravesend, City of Margins, and Shoot the Moonlight Out