Bookfair preview: Roy Hutchins does some Heathcote Williams poetry

At the bookfair? You must be having a laugh?

One of the closing events of this years Bookfair on May 7th will be Roy Hutchins performing the poetry of Heathcote Williams – at 5pm in the Large Hall, on Level 5 of Hamilton House. You can catch a sneak preview of him on this video, filmed recently in Brighton. Pay attention at the start and you’ll catch him saying hello to Bristol!

hutchinsRoy’s Bookfair performance has been organised as part of the Radical History Zone by a co-conspirator of the bookfair collective. Here’s the programme notes for the event:

  • Heathcote Williams is celebrated for many reasons; as writer, actor, painter, even conjurer. Heathcote’s foray into diplomacy came in 1977, when he became Ambassador to Great Britain for a London squat called Frestonia, which declared independence. His epic ecological poems such as Whale Nation and Autogeddon were loved by a readership far beyond the usual poetry-reading circles. He continues to paint, poetise and rant on matters topical and historical.
  • This is an opportunity to hear Roy Hutchins perform Heathcote’s new work with the old anarchic edge. Writer, director, performer and comedian Roy Hutchins has long worked closely with Heathcote, collaborating on several projects over the years. This event is a warm-up to the national tour of Zanzibar Cats in 2012 – a special treat for Bristol’s anarchists and radical historians! It promises: ‘an eclectic, entertaining and provocative poetical happening. Roy’s incisive delivery perfectly matches the content; lively, audience-focused, it brings the poetry alive with an intuitive understanding and theatrical flourish’.

Footnote: The student Charlie Gilmour, facing charges after the 9 December student protests in London, is the biological son of Heathcote Williams. More has been made of the fact his adopted father is David Gilmour, millionaire and member of Pink Floyd. Gilmour is due back in court on 26 April. He and hundreds of other students face charges, they all need support.