Snail poetry at library

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SNAIL POETRY will be read at Scarborough Library on Thursday July 28.

The Dead Snail Diaries is a poetry recital predicated entirely on the subject of snails.

It is the work of local writer Jamie McGarry, who accidentally stood on a snail in May 2009.

He says he “turned tragedy into literature by translating the unfortunate snail’s diary into a book of poems, which was released earlier this year”.

The live version is billed as the first, and possibly last, occasion on which all the poems will be read at once, in sequence, with Mr McGarry assisted by fellow poets Felix Hodcroft and Catherine Boddy. When Jamie read snail poems at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in October 2009, an Evening News headline declared that the snail’s “ode to slug” would “live long in the memory”.

The final sequence of poems has taken the poet two years to write, during which time he graduated from Hull University’s Scarborough campus with a degree in English literature, became chairman of Scarborough Poetry Workshop and established the thriving Scarborough-based publishing label Valley Press. The Dead Snail Diaries will run from 6pm until 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £3, on the door, and refreshments will be provided.