Jeremy Corbyn will be visiting York this Friday to sign copies of his new poetry book.
The former leader of the Labour Party will be at The Portal Bookshop, Patrick Pool, on Friday 1 December from 3-4pm – to promote his new book ‘Poetry for the Many’.
The reading and signing event will take place upstairs at the bookshop, in the Over the Rainbow cafe, and will be a strictly first-come-first-served event.
It is encouraged by the event organisers to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
After the event, there will be an opportunity to say hello for those unable to get their book signed by Jeremy Corbyn.
Corbyn proved to be a huge draw in York during the 2017 election campaign. And he came back to the city for the Election Question Time debate at the University of York which also featured Theresa May.
What the book’s about
In collaboration with trade unionist Len McCluskey, the anthology ‘Poetry for the Many’ will discuss the poems that have moved and enlightened them – from Shakespeare to William Blake, Emily Dickinson to Bertolt Brecht, Linton Kwesi Johnson to Maya Angelou.
It will also feature contributions from people such as Rob Delaney, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Ken Loach, and Maxine Peake.
“This book grew out of regular conversations Len and I hold about poetry: the enjoyment we get from it and the opportunity it provides for escape and inspiration,” Corbyn told the Guardian. “When putting it together, the hardest part was deciding what to leave out.
“There is a poet in all of us and nobody should ever be afraid of sharing their poetry.”
Russell Brand was lined up to be one of the contributors to the book, but he was removed from the book after the rape and sexual assault allegations against him came to light.