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Mon 29th Nov 7pm 

ArtsFest Online is pleased to present this reading and conversation between Brendan Hawthorne and R. M. Francis.

Poet, playwright, singer-songwriter, author and comic compère, Brendan Hawthorne is a born and bred Black Countryman! He is widely published and has held several writing residencies throughout his career. He was one of Anthony Gormley’s ‘Fourth Plinthers’ where he performed his work in Trafalgar Square, London, atop the empty plinth. Brendan was made Wednesbury Poet Laureate in 2014 and currently holds the ‘Bill o Bowes’ national award for Best Written Dialect.

Hawthorne will be sharing poems from his new book which explores his past, present and future as a poet, and will be joined by Creative and Professional Writing lecturer, R. M. Francis for a conversation about his work, career and Black Country Literature.

R. M. Francis is a lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Wolverhampton where he completed his PhD. He's the author of five poetry pamphlet collections. His novel, Bella, was published by Wild Pressed Books, and Smokestack Books will publish his poetry collection, Subsidence, in December 2020. In 2019 he was the David Bradshaw Writer in Residence at the University of Oxford and is currently Poet in Residence for the Black Country Geological Society.

Brendan Hawthorne

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