Margaret Thatcher enjoying an intimate relationship with a young IRA lothario at the time of the Brighton bombing. Does this idea offend you? If so then don’t buy poet George Jowett’s forthcoming pamphlet Thatcher’s Folly and stay well away from the book’s launch next month.

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However, if the idea of a long poem about the imagined sexual adventures of Britain’s first female Prime Minister appeals then do come along to Free as a Bard at The Jam Jar Cinema in Whitley Bay on Sunday 5th June.


I co-run Free as a Bard (or FaaB for short) with Peter Mortimer. FaaB takes place four times a year and next month’s event is a double book launch for IRON Press.

As well as George Jowett’s pamphlet we’ll be celebrating the launch of John Price’s new pamphlet of poems Bye Bye Blackboard, the main body of which focus on the bittersweet memories of his school experiences both as a pupil and a teacher. The work is vividly complemented by the line drawings of Susan M Coles.


George Jowett  brought the house down when he performed at FaaB last spring. He returns to the Jam Jar to launch Thatcher’s Folly. The booklet  contains the wicked illustrations of Jane Burn.


The musicial “turn” for the evening is the lovely Jenny Lascelles who makes a welcome return to Jam Jar after enchanting the Free as a Bard audience last year.  Jenny is a singer/songwriter, pianist and ukulele enthusiast from Newcastle.


Tickets are selling well. Grab yours in person from the Jam Jar or buy online