Wednesday, 25 July 2018: Celebrate the launch of Jack Thacker’s collection ‘Handling’


Join us to celebrate the launch of a new collection by poet and farmer’s son, Jack Thacker. This exciting volume has been produced in partnership MERL, the Museum of English Rural Life. The words within are inspired directly by Jack’s personal experiences and by collections that he encountered during the course of his time as poet-in-residence here at The MERL.

The evening will feature readings by Jack and by other local poets. There will also be a chance to delve behind the scenes to encounter a pop-up display of objects that formed inspiration behind some of this poetry.

When: Weds 25th July, 5.30-7.30pm

Where:  Museum of English Rural Life in Reading

Cost:   Free but booking is essential. Please email Barbara at or phone her on 0118 987 1452.


Welcome – Kate Arnold Forster, Director of MERL
Readings from ‘Handling’ by Jack Thacker

Short interlude

An introduction to Two Rivers Press Poetry – Peter Robinson, TRP Poetry Editor
Readings from Kate Behrens, Claire Dyer, Adrian Blamires and Ian House

Refreshments will be served and the objects that inspired the poets will be on display with opportunities to talk to the Curator about them.

And of course, Jack’s book will be available for sale and signing, as will Kate’s, Claire’s and Ian’s.