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14 June 2023
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
All ages welcome
The Portico Library
‘Damned fine poems. Full of emotional resonance and vivid imagery; the world made fresh to the eye and ear.’ – Ian Rankin
‘In Burial of the Cameo, the poet’s most impressive collection to date, we see the emergence of a unique voice. Both haunting and resonating, these poems are concerned with the shedding of skins, the various ghosts we leave behind in one lifetime. Lomax is interested in the dialogue between these manifestations of self and the relationship between memory and feeling. A journey through loss and grief, told with rare intimacy and depth, this book includes beautiful elegies for the author’s grandmother, poems about Vincent Van Gogh, Stuart Sutcliffe, almost dying in the arms of Richard Harris at The Savoy Hotel, and an awakening from a life in the drink. Lomax creates a time travelling landscape that we don’t want to escape, his greatest skill is that we see ourselves in these vivid epiphanies.’ – Jeff Towns
‘Beautifully written poems from a unique voice of integrity and spirit.’ – Maxine Peake
Oliver James Lomax was born in Little Lever, Bolton in 1983. He has published five collections of poetry including The Dandelion Clock (2020) and A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Nan (2021). Oliver has written poetry for film and television and in 2019 released his first spoken word single described by Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) as ‘An unholy hybrid of John Cooper Clarke and Mark E Smith.’ Oliver released his debut album Working-Class Love Poem (Shadrack and Duxbury 2023) and has just seen the publication of his fifth collection of poetry Burial of the Cameo (2023). His poems are now taught in schools.
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