Keith Hutson's debut collection, Baldwin's Catholic Geese, looks at the delight and heartbreak of being human through the lens of beloved music hall and variety stars like Hylda Baker and Frankie Howerd, as well as less celebrated, now long-forgotten acts of the past: The Bryn Pugh Sponge Dancers, Macauley's Leaping Infants, Willy Netta's Singing Jockeys, and many more.
Hutson's vividly realised portraits bring back to life a whole cast of the extraordinary characters who have entertained us for over two centuries. Comedy is brought into sharp relief by hardship. His Baldwin's Catholic Geese is a social history chronicle in poems, focusing on what it means for all of us who have to make the most of our luck - the good, the bad, and the bizarre.
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd