Our guest on Monday 1st October will be David Punter, professor of Poetry at the University of Bristol, and co-director of the Bristol Poetry Institute. Venue: LOAF, Market Street, Wells BA5 2DS, 7.45 for 8pm. It’s very close to the bus station and car park.
David’s publications include China and Glass (Bran’s Head Press, 1985); Lost in the Supermarket (Open Heart, Hong Kong, 1987); Asleep at the Wheel (Amani, 1996); Selected Short Stories (Hub Editions, 1999); Foreign Ministry (Hub Editions, 2011); and Bristol: 21 Poems (Amazon, 2017). In 2014 he brought out an audio-CD of his work, Flashes in the Dark.
His poetry and short stories have been published in a huge variety of magazines in the UK and North America. His poetry has won prizes in the Liverpool International Poetry Festival, the Yeovil Literary Festival, and the Mere Literary Festival. His work touches on celebration and loss, delight and grief. Some of it is based in dream; other poems are rigorously formal. His most recent work, like ‘The Ballad of Refuge’, which was featured on the National Poetry Society website, has turned to political themes, especially those concerning the current disasters of global economics; at the same time, he keeps a firm poetic foothold in his current home city of Bristol and its environs.