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Hidden in Green - Readings from Roger Hudson

Wednesday, 17th August 2022 - Wednesday, 17th August 2022

Date: Wednesday 17th August
Time: 11am
Booking required: Free, includes complimentary refreshments
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Drogheda-known writer and poet Roger Hudson gives his first reading from his latest collection of poems for this year's Heritage Week, and presented within our current collection exhibition, A Collection of Conversations.

Join us at 11am, Wednesday 17th August for the informal reading and enjoy listening with a complimentary Tea/Coffee and a bun.

This is a seated informal event and all are welcome.


I find a major subject for my poems is my own life, especially my childhood, family and parents – my own personal heritage. But how much of the person that is me has been shaped by my inheritance of characteristics and behaviour from my parents and how much by the circumstances of my childhood and early life? I grew up in a country village in Surrey, England, as an evacuee from blitz-battered London during World War II – an outsider in a boy’s wonderland of woods, fields and streams. Then I became a scholarship boy in a grammar school in the nearby town, National Service and university – all strange alien worlds. At university, my real learning was done outside the official course.

“My poems explore this and more and will maybe prompt listeners to think about their own personal heritage and how it has shaped them and their lives.

Roger Hudson, poet


Framed between two different tree-climbing adventures, Hudson’s new collection ranges from the traces of a pre-memory childhood scar to rotting apples in a covid-refuge garden, from the sex war to failed ambition, from the snakes and ladders lives of his family and himself to speculations on art and poetry and freewheeling improvisations about our world. He continues his explorations of fascinating life incidents, and experiments with fresh subjects and forms as he delves further and deeper into himself.


Evacuated from London as a child in World War II, Roger grew up as an outsider in a Surrey village and was educated at Royal Grammar School Guildford and University College London. He lived and worked as journalist, publicist, writer/researcher and filmmaker before moving with his wife Sheila to Dublin and then Drogheda, where he started writing poetry seriously. He now has four collections or poetry published and a CD with Breifne Holohan, an historical crime novel set in Ancient Athens and an artbook of his distinctive photomontages. He has read and performed his poems widely and exhibited his art works.. He has dual Irish/British nationality and two sons.

You can find more of his work on www.rogerhudson.me.uk


Roger’s poems capture treasured moments, and when he reads them aloud he gracefully unfolds them for us. This is a blessing!” Stephen James Smith, performance poet

There is humour and honesty here and the voice, though rueful or sad at times, never judges the younger self but instead filters the experience through the wisdom of hindsight and a life fully lived.”Anne Tannam, poet


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