We were delighted to welcome Jon Stone to Tunbridge Wells Camden Centre this month. Born in Derby, Jon studied in Norwich and now lives in Whitechapel. He gave us a lively reading, with wit and humour, as well as intensely personal and vivid, sensuous writing. His poetry covers a wide range of wonderfully inventive imagery – “a ganglion of utterance” – and he concerns himself with the structure and architecture of poetry, as well as showing breadth of imagination. Jon also explored the in-between elements of mud, dust, steam and ash, and read to us some very blue poetry, inspired by digging into the medieval Welsh tradition.
Jon’s collection “School of Forgery” in which 10 different personae come together in a wide variety of voices, including a night watchman and a female honorologist, is published by Salt.
What a pity there was such a small audience for such an excellent young poet.