Come and enjoy a unique evening of poetry & music with
Talking about his life in poetry and reading from his many works.
Plus songs and chat from Jeannie Clarke, Phil Curry and special guest Scott Pickard.
97 year-old Maurice Rutherford was born in Hull, East
Yorkshire in 1922 and now live in Westgate on sea.
After five years of military service during WW2, Maurice spent the rest of his working life as a technical writer in the ship-repairing industry on both sides of the river Humber. He began writing poetry rather late in life at the age of 55 and has since published a number of well-received poetry collections. His last anthology ‘And Saturday is Christmas’ was published in 2011. Impaired eyesight now puts lengthy writing beyond his reach but that does not deter him from exploring the Japanese haiku form of poetry which features on his Instagram site.
Now experiencing somewhat of a renaissance, in January 2019, he held a solo exhibition of haikus and accompanying photographs at Cliffs gallery in Margate. He has also appeared at Westgate Literary Festival and more recently began to hold readings at various venues in Kent and now at The Lighthouse. At these events, his daughter, Jeannie Clarke, also performs a set of songs accompanied by guitarists Phil Curry and Scott Pickard.
“A totally original voice, sure, wide-ranging, very
moving, as well as often being very funny.” – Charles Causley CBE, poet
“Maurice Rutherford is a master craftsman. His work is attractively down to earth in tone, soft-spoken in a dry, faintly melancholy English way.” – Carol Rumens, poet, in The Guardian ‘Poem of the week’
“It is so readable that it is easy to underestimate its skill, strength, sensibility and intelligence.” – Eddie Wainright, Envoi (poetry magazine)
Free Entry (though donations welcome)