36b JOHN GALLAS - Excursion to Woodwick House

, Start Time: 13:00 Woodwick House Woodwick Bay, Evie KW17 2PQ

Bus departs Kirkwall 13.00; Concert starts 13.30

One of the UK’s most fascinating poets, John Gallas was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1950, attended Otago University in New Zealand, and won a Commonwealth Scholarship to Merton College, Oxford to study medieval literature. He settled in Englandin 1973 and worked for the Leicestershire Student Support Service, teaching permanently excluded schoolchildren.

In 1987 he threw away everything he had written, and started again. A prize in the National Poetry Competition led to the publication of his first collection with Carcanet Press, Practical Anarchy. Then followed Flying Carpets Over Filbert Street, Grrrrr, Resistance is Futile, The Song Atlas and Star City.

His minor obsessions number Central Asia and Mongolia, camels, cycling (with the complete coasts of Britain and Ireland done), kinds of anarchism, swimming, Fellini, Beckett, Cormac McCarthy, Schnittke, tramping, T.E. Lawrence, sitting breathless on the tops of mountains, and writing poetry.

Tickets £10 Concessions £8

Ticket includes transport.
Buses leave Palace Road, Kirkwall (by the side door of the Cathedral) at 13.00; buses return to Palace Road following the concert

The concert lasts approximately one hour.

Location Map

Woodwick House

Woodwick Bay KW17 2PQ

Driving Directions

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