I am in Wales just for a few days, to attend tomorrow’s opening of Clive Hicks-Jenkins’ 60th-Birthday Retrospective Exhibition at the National Library of Wales. The exhibition will continue through August, and is celebrated additionally by the publication of two books: The first is the exhibition catalog, Clive Hicks Jenkins, which features essays by a multitude of writers and artists, as well as dozens of images. The second book, The Book of Ystwyth: Six poets on the art of Clive Hicks-Jenkins, is a publication of Grey Mare Press in collaboration with Carolina Wren Press (we will be the book’s American publisher and distributor). Tonight many of the poets will be present at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre for a launch reading.
PS: The reading was lovely. All five living poets, Dave Bonta, myself (Andrea Selch), Marly Youmans, Damian Walford Davies and Callum James read from their works. In addition, Ian Hamilton and Clive Hicks-Jenkins read poetry by Catriona Urquhart. The bookstore was packed and a multitude of books were sold. Following the reading, a small group (of 14!) went out for curry and conversation. I got to know the illustrator Paul Bommer; you can see some of his work here.