Les Barker writes strange poems and comes originally from Manchester, but he’s now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. A well known style icon Les always cuts a dash in the world of fashion where he is much respected as a leading exponent of the cardigan.
On the poetry front and in spite of the poetry police his most famous works include The Shipping Forecast, Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive, Spot of the Antarctic, An Infinite Number of Occasional Tables, Cardi and Bloke, Up the Creek Without a Poodle, Have You Any News of the Iceberg, The Lemmings Reunion, The Missing Persian’s File and The Lost Elephants of Denbigh especially Dr Rowan Williams version. Listeners to BBC Radio4 will be familiar with the work of Les Barker through his recent appearances on Wondermentalist Cabaret and Word of Mouth
Artists’ website: www.mrsackroyd.com
‘The Shipping Forecast’ read by Brian Perkins:
Saturday 19. White Horse Folk Festival, Grove Rugby Club, Recreation Lane, Grove, Wantage, Oxon OX12 0AA
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Thursday 24/Friday 25. Whitby Folk Week Whitby, North Yorkshire YO8 9YP
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Thursday 7. Darlington Folk Club, The Copper Beech Pub, Neasham Road, Darlington DL1 4DH
Tel: 01325 462951 Tickets £10.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 9. Bromyard Festival Broadbridge House, Bromyard, Herefordshire HR7 4NT
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Tuesday 12. Cutty Wren Folk Club Redcar Borough Park Bowling Club, 1 Thwaites Lane, Redcar, Nth Yorkshire TS10 2FD
Saturday 18. Uppertown Social Centre Cullumbell Lane, Uppertown, Ashover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S45 0JF
Tel: 01246 590502 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Monday 20. White Horse Folk Club, The Conservative Club, Wylies Rd, Beverley, E. Yorks HU17 7AP
Monday 4. Warwick Folk Club Warwick Arms Hotel, High St, Warwick CV34 4AT