Poetry collection: ‘Anything in Turquoise’ by Wendy Klein, from Cinnamon Press

This is a collection in two halves. The first half is material which engages the reader vibrantly in a Jewish household which is both quintessentially American and surviving robustly in Oxford in Britain. The memories of family are put on the page in ways which spoke to me. They were of such everyday, little aspectsContinue reading “Poetry collection: ‘Anything in Turquoise’ by Wendy Klein, from Cinnamon Press”

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Poetry collection by Dorothy Yamamoto – ‘Landscape with a Hundred Bridges’ from Blinking Eye Publishing

I came across Dorothy Yamamoto earlier this year at the excellent Albion Beatnik bookshop in Oxford, where she and Wendy Klein were giving a joint reading. This joining together provided a pleasingly fresh perspective from both poets on issues of family, loss, affection and the world around them. This perspective is possible because both poetsContinue reading “Poetry collection by Dorothy Yamamoto – ‘Landscape with a Hundred Bridges’ from Blinking Eye Publishing”

The Mavron Quartet at Leighton Buzzard library theatre

Welsh wizardry with strings On Saturday 13th April 2013, Leighton Buzzard Music Club held its final concert of this season. The evening was a fitting culmination of the high quality chamber music that has been played, monthly, since last September. This final flourish was provided by the Mavron Quartet: four young women comprising Wales’s leadingContinue reading “The Mavron Quartet at Leighton Buzzard library theatre”

Galliarda: Renaissance and baroque music from Byrd to Handel

Leighton Buzzard Music Club recommenced on Saturday 21st of September with ‘Galliarda’ in concert in Leighton Buzzard Library. The evening began with an atmospherically lit stage upon which stood a young man tuning a lute which was taller than himself. Oddly bell-like ‘dong’ sounds emanated. Strangely-shaped music cases dressed the set, together with a coveyContinue reading “Galliarda: Renaissance and baroque music from Byrd to Handel”

Tina May sings Piaf

On Saturday 19th of October 2013 jazz singer Tina May brought her Parisian set to Leighton Buzzard Library theatre. Ooh la la! She brought also Karen Street, accordéoniste; Julie Wilkington on double bass; and long-standing collaborator, composer and jazz pianist Nikki Iles. Formidable! Nothing says ‘French music’, to me anyway, like an accordion. Karen Street’sContinue reading “Tina May sings Piaf”