Kicking The Bar

By Wynn Wheldon

A brand new biography of the legendary broadcaster, Huw Wheldon

Tuesday, 9 June 2015


It behoves me - or indeed behooves me - to keep y'all posted on developments.  At the moment the manuscript is with Unbound.  They are thumbing through, I daresay umming and ahhing, and making notes as to what is libelous, unjust, improbable or downright wrong.  I, in the meantime, have been in Heidelberg marrying off a son to a wonderful woman from Luxemburg, attending to another son's final schooldays (inc exams which include questions about the soundness of Herodotus's approach to history and whether Pausanius really was such a vain, overbearing chap as most think), and ferrying yet another son to music making sessions in Crouch End.  This is not to mention all the other STUFF that seems to fill up the days.  I have usefully written a review of a pamphlet of poetry by Wendy Pratt called 'Lapstrake'.  It is terrific (Lapstrake, not my review), so please, if you are at all interested in poetry go here: and order it.  

To poets - and even the best only sell in hundreds - every copy sold is important.  Oh yes, and speaking of which, I have been preparing a collection of my own poems, which I think will be available in September.  It is to be called 'Private Places' and will be pubished by Indigo Dreams. You may all look forward to being pressed to buy THAT too. Bet you can't wait. Kicking the Bar will be published in May next year on the centenary of Dad's birth. 


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Lisa Jones
 Lisa Jones says:

Hi, I have recently pledged to Letters of note vol ii.
I was wondering will you ever release a DVD of the Letters Live at The Freemason's hall? I would happily pledge/buy this as it was a wonderful show that my husband and saw in the middle of a pretty bad time. It was inspiring and comforting. I would love to relive it. Lisa Jones

posted 9th June 2015

Caitlin Harvey
 Caitlin Harvey says:

Hi Lisa,

You appear to have come through to the Kicking the Bar shed and not the Letters of Note shed to ask this question. Letters Live is a separate company to Unbound so I would suggest getting in touch with them via Twitter - they're @letterslive.

Best wishes,

Caitlin - Community Coordinator

posted 10th June 2015

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