UPRISING was my favourite reading of 2014 so far and will be hard to top. Here are the details:

Radical poetry in Liverpool
at News from Nowhere News From Nowhere Radical & Community Bookshop

Monday, March 31st, 7pm start

CHRIS McCABE – One of the UK’s most innovative poets and the author of THE HUTTON INQUIRY.

NIALL McDEVITT – Launching PORTERLOO: ‘A brilliant explosive book…the best politically weaponised poetry ever’. (Jeremy Reed).

SARAH CREWE – Liverpool poet, author of SEA WITCH and co-editor of CATECHISM: POEMS FOR PUSSY RIOT.

& JAMES BYRNE – Editor of THE WOLF Magazine, launching SOAPBOXES: a pamphlet of political satire.


News from Nowhere: Radical & Community Bookshop, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool, 0151 708 7270

Having lived in Hammersmith for many years, I had become a Morris fan by osmosis, but only got round to reading News from Nowhere just before the excursion to Liverpool. (I had to read the book before reading in the bookshop. And would recommend it to anyone as a visionary classic). The bust of Wlliam Morris was prominently displayed for the occasion, sardonically eyeing up the water tumblers.


The readers Chris McCabe, James Byrne, Sarah Crewe and co-host Sandeep Parmar – absent from the photo – are in my honest opinion poets of immense promise. Don’t ‘watch out for them’, read them!


The event was thoughtfully named after a great poem, ‘Uprising’ by Robert Duncan, a work of art that has influenced many.


And Liverpool… mystical tent… Paddy’s Wigwam (revisited)…. is the Jungian city par excellence.


Niall McDevitt

Photos: Julie Goldsmith

Logo: Nick Byrne

About Niall McDevitt

Niall McDevitt > poet > author of b/w (Waterloo Press, 2010) and Porterloo (International Times, 2012) > urban explorer > radical pedestrian who leads Shakespeare/Blake/Rimbaud /Yeats walks, among others.
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