Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Infernal pleasures

Imagine Dante's Inferno retold for children. This is what I heard yesterday, performed brilliantly by the author, John Agard. It was a book launch at a pub in London, with fifty people crammed in a little room, with wine and food and many old friends and many new friends. I am usually sceptical about retellings of classics for children, but this is an exception. And the evening was clearly worth an hour's travel. It is quite remarkable to have London so close.

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