Felix Dennis, one of Britain’s best-loved poets, will launch his fifth collection of original verse on 2 October, 2008. Homeless in My Heart (Ebury Press, £12.99) is the much-anticipated follow-up to his previous collections, A Glass Half Full, Lone Wolf, When Jack Sued Jill and Island of Dreams, all of which were sell-out books of original poetry. In just six years, Felix Dennis has established himself as one of the most popular and critically acclaimed poets of recent times.
Homeless in My Heart is the author’s most personal and revealing work to date, featuring 105 poems which fulfil the thrilling promise of Dennis’s earlier published work. The verse ranges from dark tales of modern savagery to hymns of praise glorifying nature; from moving love sonnets to expressions of child-like wonder. Dennis comments: “This is the story of a fool whose life was saved by poetry. The poems have poured out of me in a cataract, like a dam breaking. I cannot know what is left in the reservoir, but, for me at least, Homeless in My Heart is a coming of age, where form, muse and craft have finally ceased their adolescent warring.”
Illustrated throughout with a selection of stunning photographic images from the archives of the Science Photo Library and National Geographic Society, Homeless in My Heart will be produced in full colour by British book printer, Butler, Tanner & Dennis, a company Dennis rescued from receivership in July 2008. The collection contains a free 70-minute spoken-word CD and will be available at all good bookstores across the UK and from numerous online booksellers.
The launch of Homeless in My Heart heralds an 11-date poetry reading tour: Did I Mention the Free Wine? 2008. These events have become an international phenomenon since the original tour in 2002 and have more than once featured actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company, including the likes of Anton Lessor, Sean Bean, Cherry Morris, Samantha Bond and Stephen Campbell Moore appearing live on stage with Dennis. Felix Dennis has entertained over ten thousand poetry lovers on Did I Mention the Free Wine? tours in 50 cities around the globe.
Venues for Did I Mention the Free Wine? 2008 tour will be larger than on previous tours and wines will be supplied by official tour partner, The Week Wine Club. The events will be free of charge to the public, but attendees will be asked to make a voluntary donation to the registered charity, The Forest of Dennis, a charity established to create for the public the UK’s largest native broadleaf forest.