I was lucky enough to have a second book launch for Filling the Void: A Selection of Humanist and Atheist Poetry in Blackwell’s bookshop in Portsmouth, for which I must thank the excellent manager, Jo West, there.
It was a real pleasure reading some of the fantastic poetry there, and having Gareth Howells of the band Bemis both reading and performing songs alongside me. His 15 year-old son gave another rousing rendition of “Who Should Jesus Bomb?”
It was super to be able to have a Q and A session that Gareth and myself were happy enough to get involved in. You know I love that kind of stuff if you have ever come to one of my nights!#
It was wonderful to be told that one of the poems, one indeed that I wrote myself, brought a tear to someone’s eye with its emotional appeal and delivery.
As I mentioned there, it is a great thing for our country, as opposed to so many countries in the world, that we can hold such days celebrating humanism and atheism. Here are some photos taken by the excellent Paul S. Jenkins, of Portsmouth Skeptics in the Pub, and who hosts a podcast called Skepticule to which I contribute a 5-10 minute philosophy segment every episode: