Jonathan Davidson’s new book, A Commonplace: Bricks, Apples & Other People’s Poems, brings together a few dozen of his poems with a dozen by other poets – including one by his friend Roz Goddard. In this genial event, Jonathan and Roz will read some poems by all sorts of people and talk about the pleasures of ‘previously enjoyed poetry’. They will also invite some of the audience to share readings of some of the poems from A Commonplace and perhaps some other poems. There might be some anecdotes recounted and some opinions expressed.
How this will be organised is currently a mystery, but both Jonathan and Roz are sure it will happen and that it will result in much happiness.
Jonathan Davidson has spent a lifetime finding ways to release poetry into the wild. He has curated festivals, made poetry-theatre performances for the stage and radio and published books and pamphlets. This work has focussed around the English Midlands but has also taken him to India, Ukraine, the Baltic States and Central America. His most recent book is A Commonplace: Bricks, Apples & Other People’s Poems.
Roz Goddard is a former poet laureate of Birmingham and has published five collections of poetry; the most recent, Spill, was published by Flarestack in February 2018. The Sopranos Sonnets and Other Poems, published by Nine Arches Press, was featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. She won the New Welsh Review’s inaugural micro fiction comp in 2014 and the Interpreter’s House poetry comp in 2015. Her poetry has been shortlisted and commended for The Bridport Poetry prize, Manchester Cathedral Poetry comp and the Bristol Poetry Prize. She is manager of the West Midlands Readers Network.