Poet Stephen “Manifold” Anderson appears at the Bookcase, Market Street, Hebden Bridge, tonight (Thursday, April 30, 7pm) - and it is a reading with a difference.
In 2012 Steve diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer, and subsequent to this news decided to self publish a collection of his poetry.
It the occurred to Steve that not only could his poetry be a fundraiser for cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support, whose help he has very much appreciated, but he could also help spread awareness about the disease at his readings.
“This in turn has inspired me to promote myself around Yorkshire, performing and selling copies of my first collection - ‘The Loneliness of the Unrequited Lover’. A year has now passed and almost one hundred copies have been sold,” he explained.
The Bookcase holds poetry events monthly and has stocked Steve’s book free of commission. As well as readings there will be music, and medical information about spotting the early signs of prostate cancer from a hospice expert, and a question and answer session will be held.
“I have been invited to host several poetry evenings during this year so it seemed natural to hold an event there to make a first donation to Macmillan using the evening to also promote prostate cancer awareness,” said Steve.
“A urologist from Kirkwood Hospice will give a talk about early signs of prostate cancer, and then take questions.
Hebden’s own Winston Plowes is guest poet, and three musicians including Steve shall play.
A representative from Macmillan will receive Steve’s donation, after an interval for refreshments supplied by local caterers I Spice.
Steve says there is an important point to make.
“I had no understanding that I might be at risk. My cancer has advanced beyond the point of any potential for cure. Caught early the story is very different,” he said.
Copies of the book continue to be sold at the Bookcase, and they are £7, all of which is going to Macmillan Cancer Support. At the performance tonight, it will be on sale at the special price of £5.
You can also see Steve reading from his work on You Tube.