Tune in to Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm, when I’ll be welcoming the brill Gordon Zola back to the studio. (You may remember that Gordon was one of the performers on my Live Poetry Special in March.
Over twenty years ago, Gordon emerged from the wreckage of a life that had run aground on the rocks of love’s clichés, to begin a meteoric rise from oblivion to obscurity as a comedian/performance poet. Armed with only a smile, a good cheese guide and an unlimited supply of puns, he took the comedy/poetry world by storm – well, a slight shower – and went on to inflict his debut CD No Strings, a beguiling mix of poetry, music and humour, on the long suffering British public. A track off the CD, ‘Sweet Rapper’, was played on Key 103 radio. Despite many requests, local (as in anaesthetic) legend Gordon continues to confuse audiences from Bordeaux to Bristol, and lots of other places beginning with ‘B’ with his rye (as in bread) sense of humour.
He’s currently on the verge of bringing out his first poetry collection The Wheelie Bin Years, performing with BARD Company – a socialist, satirical quartet – and the Wild Words Collective. He’s still struggling to play the keyboard, hosting Cuckoo Calling and is at home performing, hosting, and entertaining at venues all over England, lesser-known parts of Uzbekistan, and Stockport.
I’ll be talking to Gordon about poetry, comedy and probably cheese, and he’ll be sharing some more of his words with us. And, of course, he’ll be telling us his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.
Catch the show on Saturday at 2pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
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