A Kindness by Sylvia Perry – Bristol reading

There will be an opportunity to hear Sylvia Perry read from her beautiful collection A Kindness, in Bristol on Friday November 7th. Sylvia is to be guest poet at Can Openers (Foyles Bookshop, Quakers Friars). This is a regular monthly lunchtime event from 12 to 1.30 on the first Friday of every month and presented by Claire Williamson.

Do come along if you can to meet Sylvia and bring a poem yourself if you would like to read in the Open mic.



Sylvia Perry is a poet of the over-looked moment – of the delicacy and  nuance in the ordinary and everyday. She writes with clarity, her words chiming small events, understanding and marking beauty or emotional response. Her hospital sequence is unguarded and utterly plain – and should be on the syllabus of every medical student and NHS manager – offering a heartfelt and accurate account of life in a ward. This is a strong and very honest voice.

– Rose Flint

It’s great to finally see this accomplished selection of Sylvia Perry’s own poetry, the author being someone who has facilitated other people’s work for quite some time. These poems grow out of consideration for how things are; they share in our commonality of social concern; and, importantly, they listen to people.

– Graham Hartill