From Wednesday 29th March 2017 18:30 to 20:30
The Book Hive is delighted to announce the release of a brand new collection from one of England’s greatest living poets, Simon Armitage. New Cemetery will be launched at OPEN, where Simon will be reading and signing copies.
A poet, at a desk, in a shed. A shed which is temple, bunker, study and look-out post all rolled into one.
Not far away, in the surrounding West Yorkshire countryside, the local council have begun “peeling back turf” to turn a former cow field into a new cemetery
In this brand new collection from Simon Armitage, day-to-day observations become short and layered meditations addressed to any “reader” within earshot, from the adulterers and learner drivers cruising the cemetery’s newly laid tarmac, to the cosmos itself, staring back with its “dumb face.”
In New Cemetery, Armitage faces up to the bylaws of local planning committees and the laws of the universe with his customary deft wit and detached lyricism, but with a stripped-back clarity and lo-fi approach that hints at a new beginning.
New Cemetery is published by Propolis, the imprint of The Book Hive bookshop. Simon will also be reading from The Unaccompanied, a newly released collection from Faber and Faber.
OPEN, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF