'How to make love as an old man and other poems' - celebrating Brian Hughes
On Saturday 23 January 2010, Antoinette Maire Hughes, Brian's son Dan, his family and the Léman Poets came together with many of Brian's friends (the Lausanne Players were very well represented!) for a special evening of poetry reading and music to launch “How to Make Love as an Old Man and Other Poems” - some 340 pages of poems - by Brian Hughes.
Antoinette Maire Hughes shared memories with the 80-strong audience, of the multi-year publishing project which culminated in the anthology, a worthy tribute to the man and the poet. Antoinette also read The Third Way.
The evening was ably and elegantly MC'd by Dan - with readings of poems by members of the Léman Poetry Workshop and The Village Players theatre group. Dan also read Newstead Abbey, a poem Brian wrote specially for him. The poems read demonstrated the range, emotional power and intellectual depth of Brian's unforgettable poetic voice. Brian's grand-daughter, Eleanor read These Are the Times.
The Tchiki Duo (Jacques Hostettler and Nicolas Suter) played a stunning collection of pieces (many by Bach) as interludes to the reading.
The book, prepared for publication by Antoinette Maire Hughes, Adrienne Hahne, Beth Peoc’h, Lang-Hoan Pham and Keith Stimpson, is a collection of Brian’s finest and prize-winning work. It can be purchased from Antoinette: 021 647 31 19, firstname.lastname@example.org (CHF 31 incl. postage) and from the “Books, Books, Books” shop, rue Mercerie 12, Lausanne (CHF 28.90).