Reading from The Silence Teacher at The Troubadour

“In the dangling conversation / and the superficial sighs / are the borders of our lives.”

-Simon and Garfunkel, “Dangling Conversation”

Robert Peake on stageI just got back from a memorable evening at the Troubadour Cafe in Earls Court. It was my first time reading poems from The Silence Teacher since it came out earlier this year.

Even my persistent cold could not keep me away tonight (though it made one audience member think I was Scottish). The audience was receptive as ever, and I sold out of books.

It was a pleasure to read alongside the robust Hannah Lowe, tender Fiona Moore, hilarious Hilda Sheehan, polished Alison Brackenbury, thoughtful Matt Bryden, reflective Angela France, and inquisitive Kate White. Plus, we had a special appearance by Australian poet Michelle Cahill, and Henry Fajemirokun performed one of my favourite Simon and Garfunkel songs.

Heartfelt thanks to Anne-Marie Fyfe and her team for wonderful evening.