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Local author Roger Hudson pictured with his latest book 'Hidden in Green'.

Local author Roger Hudson pictured with his latest book 'Hidden in Green'.

Local author Roger Hudson pictured with his latest book 'Hidden in Green'.

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“Revealing insights into my personal heritage.”

That is how well-known Drogheda-based poet Roger Hudson describes the poems from his latest collection ‘Hidden in Green’, which he will be sharing publicly at 11am on Wednesday August 17th  in the atmospheric surroundings of Highlanes Gallery in Laurence Street to mark Heritage Week. This is a rare opportunity to hear Roger’s expressive voice bring his creations and memories to life.

“I find a major subject for my poems is my own eventful life, especially my childhood, family and parents – my own personal heritage. But how much of the person that is me has been shaped by my inheritance of characteristics and behaviour from my parents and how much by the circumstances of my childhood and early life?.” asks Roger. 

“My poems explore this and more and will maybe prompt listeners to think about their own personal heritage and how it has shaped them and their lives.

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Roger grew up in a country village in Surrey, England, as an evacuee from blitz-battered London during World War II – an outsider in a boy’s wonderland of woods, fields and streams, balancing between fear and beauty.

"Then I became a scholarship boy in a grammar school in the nearby town, National Service and university – all strange alien worlds,” explains Roger, who lives in Drogheda with his wife Shela. “At university, my real learning was done outside the official course on college newspaper and drama society. And that’s just for starters.”

As well as four books of poems, Roger has read and performed in many venues and festivals in Ireland, on his own and with other poets and actors, with musicians and as drama including four experimental poetry events in this gallery

“With thanks to Aoife Ruane of Highlanes Gallery for inviting me to give this reading, to David Newton for selecting the poems in my book, to Garry Maguire for the cover design and Larry Staudt that of the text pages,” concludes Roger.

Roger’s latest collection Hidden in Green can be heard at 11am on Wednesday August 17th in the Highlanes Gallery in Laurence Street as part of Heritage Week. Admission free, booking required, refreshments provided.


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