Joel Lane is a Birmingham based poet and novelist whose work is always authentic, well-honed and powerfully read. It was great to hear him at Poetry Bites, a regular event in South Birmingham run by Jacqui Rowe, a true poetry activist in the area who took over P.B. a while ago from Sibyl Ruth, another noted local writer. It receives no outside funding.
Joel doesn't pull his punches politically or socially, some themes are dark: but this, as they say, is the "real deal", this is how to write and read out poetry, effectively, your own, and needing to be spoken and heard.
His latest collection is "Autumn myth", Arc Publications - out now.