The death has been announced of the poet and playwright Adrian Mitchell. Adrian was Poet-in-Residence at this year’s StAnza Festival, visiting schools, giving readings, and taking part in discussions. One of the schools he visited was the one where his father had been a pupil. I had the great pleasure of discussing William Blake with him at a ‘Past and Present’ session. Those who were there will remember him playing the soaring music of the Mike Westbrook Orchestra at the end of the session.
His poetry was often politically engaged, with a wry humour and great humanity. On the personal level he was a warm, kind and compassionate man. My sympathies are with Celia, his family, and his many friends.
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