What’s Brewing?

For complex reasons, I’m writing a series of beer poems.  I’m obsessed with craft and tradition, and some of my work to date reflects that.  So I embarked on my sequence by interviewing a 91 year old lady who used to go hop-picking on the Kent/Sussex border in the 1930s.  Last week I spent a couple of days watching a batch of beer being made at the fabulous Windsor and Eton Brewery – many thanks to Jim, Paddy and Will for letting me hang around and get in the way.

And just to prove how well beer and poetry go together, here’s the evidence.

Claire Trevien held a packed poetry night at the Jolly Cricketers, Seer Green, the other day.  Readers were Kayo Chingonyi, Emily Hasler, Kirsten Irving and James Byrne.  An impressive line-up of metropolitan poets who trundled to to the Sticks to entertain us. I really hope Claire hosts some more readings in the future.

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