This month, the Oberon Books trolls have been working with Books on the Underground and their team of Book Fairies to deliver some fantastic surprises to the commuters of London.
Cordelia, director of Books on the Underground and Chief Book Fairy, was tweeting furiously about their adventure and has written today’s guest post. You can follow them @.
In October, the Book Fairies got hold of 20 copies of Glyn Maxwell’s book Drinks with Dead Poets, and shared it around the London Underground!
‘I am walking along a lane with no earthly idea why…’ Poet Glyn Maxwell wakes up in a mysterious village one autumn day. He has no idea how he got there – is he dead? in a coma? dreaming? – but he has a strange feeling there’s a class to teach. And isn’t that the poet Keats wandering down the lane? Why not ask him to give a reading, do a Q and A, hit the pub with the students afterwards?
Soon the whole of the autumn term stretches ahead, with Byron, Yeats and Emily Dickinson, the Brontës, the Brownings and Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, Wilfred Owen and many more all on their way to give readings in the humble village hall.
And everything they say – in class, on stage, at the Cross Keys pub – comes verbatim from their diaries, essays, or letters.
Drinks With Dead Poets is a homage to the departed, a tale of the lives and loves of students, a critical guide to great English poetry, the dream of a heavenly autumn. Nothing like it has ever been written.
Glyn Maxwell is a poet, playwright, novelist, librettist and critic. His volumes of poetry include The Breakage, Hide Now, and Pluto, all of which were shortlisted for either the Forward or T. S. Eliot Prizes, and The Nerve, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. His Selected Poems, One Thousand Nights and Counting, was published on both sides of the Atlantic in 2011. He has a long association with Derek Walcott, who taught him in Boston in the late 1980s, and whose Selected Poems he edited in 2014. He is on Twitter too: @glynofwelwyn
Let us know if you found any copies of this gorgeous novel on your travels over on our Twitter page – we’d love to hear from you!
Keep your peepers peeled for more Oberon Books on the Underground in the very near future, and happy reading!