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Books at Brunch: Richard Scott and Matthew Hollis: Saturday 6 April 2019, 10.30am at Linbury Foyer

Books at Brunch

Explore the worlds of opera and ballet through books, with talks from authors, broadcasters, publishers and artists.


Linbury Foyer

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD


Richard Scott, poet and countertenor, will be joined by Matthew Hollis, poet and guitarist, to celebrate his debut poetry collection, Soho.

Scott will be performing music by John Dowland, Jolie Holland and Luke Kelly. As well as presenting work with text by W. B. Yeats and Patrick Kavanagh, he will also be reading from Soho, and with Hollis, will discuss how poetry and music are intertwined.

Scott was born in London in 1981 and studied at the Royal College of Music and Goldsmiths, University of London. His pamphlet, Wound, won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem, Crocodile, won the 2017 Poetry London Competition. Soho (Faber & Faber) is his first book. It has been shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot Prize. He teaches poetry at the Faber Academy.

Hollis is the author of Ground Water, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry. Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas won the Costa Biography Award and was Sunday Times Biography of the Year.


The ticket price includes one pastry and unlimited tea or coffee per ticket


Suitable for ages 16+

Unreserved seating

Running time

The event lasts about one hour; there is no break

Ticket holders are strongly advised to arrive before the start, as latecomers cannot be admitted