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  • Writer's pictureBrian Lavery

From barge to verse on the Marina

Tomorrow, tomorrow and tomorrow… Saturday is a day of poetry and prose for yours truly. At 1pm on board the old barge Evangeline, I have been invited to join other Hull poets for a day of super spoken word on the Marina.

Then, an hour later I am off to a Fruit Market venue where I will be joining my folk-singing pals, Mick McGarry and Dave Gawthorpe (of Hillbilly Troupe fame) upstairs at Thieving Harry’s café in Hull Fruit Market as part of the city’s Folk Festival.

There I will be reading excerpts from my book The Headscarf Revolutionaries (Barbican Press, 2015) and later doing some book-signing.

Mick, a local singing legend, and Dave, a well-established musician and doctoral candidate at the University of Hull will providing a series of local songs, including the trawlerman’s anthem, ‘Settling Day’, the iconic ‘Three-Day Millionaires’ and the haunting a-cappella ‘Luckiest Sailor’, which tells of the sinking of the Kingston Peridot, one of the three trawlers sunk in as many weeks in the Dark Winter of 1968.

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