Standing room only at the Torriano on Sunday – and now a double debut for Richard Osmond!

I waved the new pamphlets around in London on Sunday but very few people have seen them. HappenStance has never before published two pamphlets at the same time by the same person. Two different pamphlets, that is. One is Shill, which is Richard Osmond in twentieth century mode. The other is Variant Air, a set of poems in the mode and style of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

I hope people will buy both at the same time. You get a price reduction if you do. Here is an unusual young poet, at the start of a long and strong writing life. Catch him now.

Richard’s London launch is on Saturday May 3, at  the Johnson Bar in Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese,  Wine Office Court, 145 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2BU. This historical pub has a network of cellars and tunnels once frequented by Yeats and his rhymers club, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker and more. How delicious!

There’ll be a couple of brief readings, but this is a relaxed informal affair. Come even if poetry is not your favourite food. Drinks (excellent beer at this pub) and merriment.

ps Check out Poor Rude Lines for a review of Shill.