Yoke and Arrows: Launch Reading, 23 February

January 6, 2014 § 2 Comments

To mark the publication of my next collection, Yoke and Arrows, by Smokestack Books, I’m giving a reading on Sunday 23 February 2014 at the lovely Lantern Theatre in Sheffield.

The Yoke and Arrows were the symbols of Isabel and Ferdinand, whose marriage in 1469 unified Catholic Spain and was to lead to the expulsion of the Moors in 1492.  The Fascist Falange Espanola, one of the leading Nationalist factions during the Civil War of 1936 – 39, adopted the Yoke and Arrows as their banner.

The poems trace the sequence of events that took place in Granada in the early weeks of the war, leading to the assassination of Federico Garcia Lorca.  They also illustrate the parallels between the atrocities and acts of retribution of those weeks with the violence and cruelty of the Reconquista and other periods of Spain’s history.

‘The poems are beautifully realised, burning like the Spanish sun into memory’ Moyra Donaldson

The reading will be enhanced by the musical performance of guitarist Rikki Thomas-Martinez, who studied for many years in Madrid with one of Spain’s leading gypsy flamenco masters.

The event starts at 7.30pm and costs £6 or £4 concessions.  Tickets available from the Lantern Theatre online Box Office or on 0114 255 1776.

‘truly moving… a mature tour de force’ – Damian Smyth

I hope you can make it!


§ 2 Responses to Yoke and Arrows: Launch Reading, 23 February

  • Ian Enters says:

    I will book a ticket! Yoke and Arrows arrived from Smokestack yesterday. It is a fine collection, Rob- taut, clear, powerful sense of place and very moving. The Interludes In the Cemetery hold up individual characters to our gaze demanding our compassion and admiration as they face the guns. Each poem is rooted in concrete detail and each detail carries strong resonances. Thank you.

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