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Under Cover: A Poet’s Life in Publishing

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Jeremy Robson

Saturday 12th October 12:40 - 13:40 | Northwood House

Jeremy Robson talks about his life as a successful poet and publisher that saw him work with many bestselling authors and occupy a place at the heart of the UK’s poetry scene, in conversation with Stephanie Cross.

Robson’s new memoir is full of stories of those he has worked with including sharing a laugh with Spike Milligan and the Goons, coping with Michael Winner, discovering Joan Collins’s beauty secrets, driving Muhammad Ali around Britain and a poetry tour of Israel with Ted Hughes. He talks about his friendships with the likes of Dannie Abse, Laurie Lee, Maureen Lipman and Ron Moody and about the hundreds of poetry and jazz concerts he famously organised. He describes the challenges and joys of founding his own independent publishing company and offers an insight into the changing face of the publishing industry. Robson will be reading a few entertaining excerpts from his memoir and a few poems. The Heartless Traffic: New and Selected Poems will be published by Smokestack Books in February 2020.

“a champion of poetry” The Times

“I’m lucky enough to have had three books published by this great publisher, fine poet, and very special man.” Bel Mooney

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