Book launch at the Folkestone Book Festival
I’m delighted to announce that I will be officially launching my new book The Hospital at the Steep Street Coffee House in Folkestone.
I edited and wrote some of the book at this beautiful venue, so couldn’t think of a better place for my first reading and signing.
It’s being held as a ‘parallel’ event for the Folkestone Book Festival 2018.
Please join me for free prosecco and readings from other Folkestone poets, along with an open mic. The night will be hosted by the incomparable Gary Studley.
Sunday, November 18th, 2018. 6-8pm
Steep Street Coffee House, Old High Street, Folkestone
My new book is out now!
You can now order my latest poetry collection, published by Cultured Llama.
In The Hospital, Ben Barton offers slow observations of hospital life. A dead man’s phone rings; a slug encroaches through a gap in the window; a glimpse of the outside world is viewed through an X-ray held up to the light. In amongst the daily humiliations and the public spectacle of the sick and the dying, there are sparks of hope: a nip of whisky from another patient’s hip flask, the cries of a newborn from down the corridor, and one last meal, jab, swab before leaving.
“This collection brims with curiously sensitive glances at those who society would rather have us forget or ignore, shifting seamlessly between the bleak and restorative.”
Anthony Anaxagorou, poet and artistic director of Out-Spoken
ISBN 978-1-9164128-2-8. Cultured Llama.
Paperback. 64 pages. £10 plus postage.
Click here to purchase direct from the publisher, or use the details above to order from any bookshop.
From morning to night, I live and breathe cinema.
Working on vintage super-8 film cameras, I shoot, edit & screen 'little' movies, creating everything by hand. It’s the same way my Dad made films, and now my own son has appeared in mine.
I want these analogue works to transport you to a world of fairytales, old-school horror & music, from outer space to lost home movies filmed beside the British seaside.
Most of my films aren't online. Because I love the experience of cinema, I prefer to show them at film festivals, art galleries & movie nights, so you can watch them projected onto a screen; live and in person. My latest, a sci-fi short called Stella Erratica, premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
I also work in the creative industry as an advertising, travel, copy writer & poet, publishing my work in newspapers, anthologies, online & in small-press magazines. My new poetry book, The Hospital, will be released by Cultured Llama later this year.
I love travel, especially seeing the world by cruise ship, and I've published articles in the Telegraph, Cruise International, World of Crusing & many others under my married name, Ben Gibson. I'm the Senior staff writer for Saga Cruises, but am also available for freelance writing assignments...
I'm also a passionate film curator, and last year held another Kent Kino event for the Strangelove Festival 2017, screening the best short films from Kent-based directors. I have previously curated film events for the Canterbury Festival, Folkestone Triennial & Whitstable Biennale.