Saturday, 26 February 2011
Z spends £121 (including postage)
I've just spent half an hour booking four return train tickets - although that does represent three different journeys. The cost varies considerably, depending on what time you travel, between £8 and £35 for a single journey. So my solo visit will cost £16, the Sage's £52 and the two of us together is also £52. It's worth booking ahead, they're all a lot cheaper than buying on the day. They're all quite short visits for specific purposes, although I have kept 3 hours for myself on the afternoon of 10th March. I'll have to see what's on. The book launch is in a gallery near New Bond Street. I've only ever read one of Lynn's poems, and I'm not sure what to expect, but I'm sure to order several copies. I'm very pleased for her. It's not the first time her name has been in print by any means; she's an artist and art historian, and an expert on picture frames, but I think it'll be her first published (in book form, that is) venture outside the world of non-fiction. It'll all be way over my head of course - I''m a bit of an oik and I don't often read poetry nowadays. I'm too impatient. Poetry has to be read slowly and I'm a skimmer. I have to read it aloud to slow myself down.