Kiwi poet Ben Fagan launches debut book in London - From Hawkes Bay to Hackney, performance poetry gives travel advice   26 Oct 2017

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New Zealand performance poet Ben Fagan is launching his first collection of poems titled 'Some Traveller' at the historic Genesis Cinema in East London. Published by performance poetry press Bx3, an imprint of Burning Eye Books.

 

‘Some Traveller’ shares stories of love, death, living far from family and what happens if you wear jandals in London after it's been raining. Ben’s poetry provides friendly, funny advice to anyone considering the well-worn path from small town to big city, and gives company to those feeling far from home. Accompanying the poems are six beautiful illustrations by New Zealand artist David Prentice.

 

'Ben's poems creep up on you gently, and before you know it you never want them to let go. A perfect blend of heart and humour.' 

- Harry Baker, World Poetry Slam Champion

 

'A must read for travellers new and old.' 

- Clint Heine, Kiwis in London

 

Since being inspired to write by a spoken word night in Wellington in 2012, Ben’s poetry has taken him across the UK, USA and NZ. He is a TEDx performer and has taken two poetry shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 and 2016.

 

Alongside UK Poetry Slam Champion Sara Hirsch, he won the Edinburgh Fringe ‘Anti-Slam’ (where the intentionally worst poem wins) and came second in the national finals, proudly making them the second-worst poets in the UK.

 

‘Some Traveller’ is available for pre-order now: benfagan.nz/sometraveller

Book launch event is on 5 November 2017 at: Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Rd, London E1 4UJ

 

Ben has very generously given NZ News UK a free copy of "Some Traveller" to give away to one lucky reader. Visit our Competitions page for details! 

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