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From choir boy to poet

12 Aug 2013

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Choir of Hard Knocks singer Simon Mansell launched his second poetry book in Southbank last month, as the Boyd Community Centre utilised its library as a function area for the first time.

Mr Mansell said he was thrilled to be launching the book featuring his poem The Blood of the Rose as well as a collection of other short poems.

“I’m excited to be here,” Mr Mansell said. “It doesn’t get easier the second time, it’s just nice to know what to expect. Mind you, it’s still hard work to put it all together,” he added. “Luckily I really enjoy it.”

The Choir of Hard Knocks has developed a relationship with the Boyd since it opened, and regularly holds rehearsals in the venue. It became a natural choice of venue for Mr Mansell.

“The relationship that has been struck up between Boyd and the choir has been a really fulfilling one,” he said.

The poetry book was officially launched by Jeff O’Hare, a member of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

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