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Jacqui Dankworth
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Under Cover: A Poet’s Life in Publishing

Jeremy Robson, Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood

Friday, 12 October 2018

2:00pm

90 minutes

Blenheim Palace: The Orangery

£6.50 - £12.50

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Jeremy Robson talks about his life as a successful poet and publisher that saw him work with many bestselling authors and occupy a place at the heart of the UK’s poetry scene. Vocalist Jacqui Dankworth and singer/songwriter and pianist Charlie Wood will join him to provide some musical celebration.

Robson’s new memoir is full of stories of those he has worked with including driving Muhammad Ali around Britain, enjoying a laugh with Spike Milligan, and a poetry tour of Israel with Ted Hughes. He talks about his friendships with the likes of Dannie Abse, Laurie Lee and Vernon Scannell, and about the hundreds of poetry and jazz concerts he famously organised. He describes the challenges and joys of founding his own independent publishing company and offers an insight into the changing face of the publishing industry.

Robson worked in publishing before founding his own publishing company, Robson Books, in 1973. He edited many landmark poetry anthologies. His own poetry has been widely published, including his most recent collections Blues in the Park and Subject Matters. He initiated and participated in the highly popular Poetry and Jazz in Concert events that featured many leading poets and musicians.

Dankworth is one of the UK’s most highly regarded vocalists. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase her effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres. Known primarily as a jazz singer, Dankworth also draws on soul and blues influences.
Wood is an American singer/songwriter and pianist whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional R&B and popular music. Wood continues touring and recording regularly throughout the UK and Europe.

This event lasts 90 minutes

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Blenheim Palace HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission Schools and colleges programme The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock
 

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Blenheim Palace HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission Schools and colleges programme The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock