Controversial poem set for Free as a Bard

A controversial long poem which imagines Margaret Thatcher’s affair with an IRA man prior to the Brighton bombing, is part of the latest Free as a Bard poetry and music event this Sunday (March 22).

The poem, written in the style of Lord Byron’s famous Don Juan series of cantos – themselves highly controversial in their day – is written and performed by Yorkshire poet George Jowett.

Jowett has published two poetry books, Blow by Blow, (Mudfog) and The Old Campaigners, (Redbeck Press).

The second poet appearing at Sunday’s event is Tyneside performance artist Elaine Cusack.

She has been writing and performing poetry for 30 years.

Her work has appeared on local and national TV and in various pamphlets and anthologies including I Wouldn’t Thank You For a Valentine (Viking 1992) and Pieces from Eight (Iron, 2013).

Music comes from the Whitley Bay duo The Primates, who are Ema Lea and Simon Fitzpatrick.

The Primates’ style has been compared to the music of 1930s Berlin.

Free as a Bard, with free fresh fruit, takes place in the Jam Jar Cinema Cafe, Park Avenue, Whitley Bay.

Tickets for the event are priced £5, but only a handful remain and they can be bought via the website at