Music and poetry at the Guernsey Literary Festival

Linton Kwesi Johnson

The second Guernsey Literary Festival took place over the weekend of 14th, 15th and 16th of September 2012 and as well as a bunch of stuff about writing, books and poetry also featured some live music and poetry performance.

The Friday night of the festival saw a low-key night of music take place at the Hub (an inflatable tent next to Guernsey’s Market Building), featuring Oliver Daldry and The Space Pirates of Rocquaine.

The Saturday night saw live music go head to head with live poetry all with a flavour of reggae and punk at The Fermain Tavern with Linton Kwesi Johnson and Attila The Stockbroker performing at the same gig as punk veterans Ruts DC.

Here’s my review of the show which appeared in The Guernsey Press on Saturday 22nd September 2012:

Here are some photos and a couple of videos from the festival (all from my iPhone so varied quality):

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3 thoughts on “Music and poetry at the Guernsey Literary Festival

  1. Trevor Casbolt says:

    Tom,

    Regarding your remarks on “Shhh”-ing – I’m afraid I disagree. This was not (until the Ruts DC) a loud rock gig. Even though I was very near the front, I found that the noise from the back of the room/bar was way too loud when you were trying to pick up on the poetry, particularly during Linton Kwesi Johnson’s set. Presumably those responsible were only there for the Ruts, in which case they should have had a little more courtesy or confined themselves to the other bar until later in the evening.

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