1011MH_018_150You’ve probably been wondering what Mike’s up to these days. Well the more eagle-eyed among you may well have spotted his name cropping up at the odd arts festival.

Last year saw the publication of his latest book of poems, Connemara Cantos, prompting visits to literary and poetry festivals ranging from Stratford to the Shetlands.

Well he’ll be off on tour again soon; this time with An Evening of Poetry in arts centres and little theatres across the North.

The tour starts on May 1st at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick and the bad news is that this one’s already sold out.

There’s still time to book for the rest of the May dates, however, which include Salford, St Helens, Darwen and Chorley on the Lancashire leg, Huddersfield, Halifax, Barnsley and Bradford in the West Riding, Selby and Helmsley in North Yorkshire, Beverley, Pocklington and Goole in the East Riding, and a trip across the river to Barton-on-Humber. Mike’s also heading North to Alnwick and South to another arts festival in Leek. (see accompanying chart)

These are some of the comments on last year’s trip to poetry and arts festival last year:

“Mike’s poetry is profound and sometimes quirky, but never trite. He reads with sincerity and a deep-seated musicality, and every now and then he just can’t help being side-splittingly funny!” 
Malcolm Creese, Artistic Director, Swaledale Festival.

“Humour and nostalgia gave us an insight in to this totally professional, talented and charming man. He will always be welcome back.”
Maggie Doyle, Creative Director, Worcestershire Literary Festival.

“He was everything we wanted in our penultimate event – clearly deeply talented and such a nice man.”
Jonathan Davidson, Guest Programmer – Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival 2014