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John Gohorry, Poet in Residence from 10.30 onwards

Saturday 30 January 2016
10.30 onwards

ohn Gohorry in Residence from 10.30 onwards Saturday 30 January 2016

David’s Bookshop Poet in Residence John Gohorry will be in the shop from 10.30 onwards on Saturday 30 January, reading from his various collections and talking informally about his work.

John’s latest publication, Impromptus for George Erdmann, was published just before Christmas by Lapwing. It’s made up of 18 poems supposed to be written by the 20 year old J S Bach for the benefit of an old schoolfriend, George Erdmann, during the course of a 250 mile journey he made on foot between October 1705 and February 1706 from Arnstadt, where he was organist, to Lübeck, on the Baltic coast, so that he could hear Dieterich Buxtehude play the organ.

Little is known for certain about the details of Bach’s trip, other than the fact that he stayed away far longer than he had been given permission to do, and that when he got back his organ playing had become radically challenging to the authorities. John’s sequence, which is grounded in the authentic social, personal, and musical details of the time, presents Bach on a journey of self discovery that had imaginative, musical, emotional, and in the widest sense, spiritual dimensions.

Also included is the libretto for a supposed Abendmusik by Buxtehude on the story of the Good Samaritan. The composer Anna Krause is setting this libretto to music as part of her Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University of Oxford.

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Friday 19 October 2018 - 7:30 pm

Prizewinning Historian and Novelist Simon Sebag Montefiore will Discuss and Sign his Book, Written in History, Letters that Changed the World
Monday 05 November 2018 - 7:30 pm

Sunday Times Bestseller, Elly Griffiths will Discuss and Sign her Crime Novel, The Stranger Diaries
Tuesday 06 November 2018 - 7:30 pm

Cricketer, Derek Pringle will Discuss and Sign his Book, Cricket in the Eighties
Monday 12 November 2018 - 7:30 pm

Music Journalist, David Hepworth will Discuss and Sign his Book, Nothing is Real, The Beatles Were Underrated and Other Sweeping Statements About Pop
Wednesday 14 November 2018 - 7:30 pm

Editor, Kate Macdonald will Discuss The Conscientious Objector’s Wife , A 100-Year Old Love Story in a WW1 Prison
Thursday 15 November 2018 - 7:30 pm

Biographer and Sunday Times Journalist Philip Norman will Discuss and Sign his Book, Slowhand, The Life and Music of Eric Clapton
Monday 19 November 2018 - 7:30 pm

Bestselling Novelist, Joanne M. Harris will Discuss and Sign her New Novel, The Blue Salt Road
Wednesday 21 November 2018 - 7:30

Dr Who Script Writer and Novelist, Ben Aaronovitch will Discuss and Sign his Novel in the River of London Series, Lies Sleeping
Monday 26 November 2018 - 7:30

Past Events

Leading Historian and Archaeologist, Neil Faulkner will Discuss and Sign is Book, A Radical History of the World
Tuesday 09 October 2018 - 7:30 pm

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Where is David's Bookshop?

David's Bookshops are located in Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, only a few minutes’ walk from the railway station in the heart of the Town Centre. There is ample parking nearby.

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01462 684631

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01462 475900

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01462 475924



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