Mike Harding – An evening of poetry
With a resume that reads folk singer and songwriter, poet and playwright, comedian and broadcaster, fell-walker and fly-fisherman; it’s hard to pigeon-hole Mike Harding.
Described by Billy Connolly as the “funniest man in England” and acknowledged as the Grandfather of Folk, Mike’s current focus has shifted to his poetry and, in particular, an opportunity to share his work with a live audience.
With four published anthologies to his credit, he’s been dropping in to read his poems at Poetry and Literary Festivals around the country lately. Here are some of the comments by festival directors:
“Humour and nostalgia gave us an insight in to this totally professional, talented and charming man” – Worcester Literary Festival.
“He reads with sincerity and a deep-seated musicality, and every now and then he just can’t help being side-splittingly funny!” – Swaledale Festival
“He was everything we wanted in our penultimate event – clearly deeply talented and such a nice man.” – Stratford upon Avon Poetry Festival
“His performance was polished, funny and engaged the audience throughout. The response was 5 star all round.” – Havant Literary Festival.
Following these visits, Mike has decided to take his poetry on a tour of small theatres and arts centres in the North of England including a return visit to Ropery Hall. And as well as reading his work, he’ll be telling the personal stories that prompted him to write them.
It’s perhaps not what a legion of his fans are used to but we can guarantee it will be a good night as well as rare chance to see “The Other Side of Mike Harding.”
Date of event:16th May 2015
7.30pm £12 adv/£14 otd