Is Bradford’s Pie Big Enough for Edinburgh?

20 Sep

Following the success of J.B.Priestley, PIE and Proud of Bradford Show, Bradford based poet, writer and showman Glyn Watkins’ presents:

  Bradford Hat Throwing Contest. Noon to 2.00 pm. Sat 28th Sept. City Park, Bradford. A fun contest throwing a hat at targets. Entry by donation. Certificates for best throws.  Extra points for bringing a hat (hats to be safe to throw). Hat fighting strictly forbidden  Positive

Bradford City Show. 5:30 pm. Sat 28th Sept. The 2013 Suite, Valley Parade, after the game. A collection will be taken. Multi-media show by Glyn Watkins & Dave Pendleton celebrating the best season and telling some of the best stories.

Glyn has also declared that the last show at the Gumption Centre so good, with the best meat & potato pies he’s tasted, that he has already booked the Centre for another pie show, and is thinking about taking his pie to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next year.

Glyn Watkins, Bradford based poet, writer and showman, created the Pie and Priestley event over 15 years ago. The idea came from a wartime BBC broadcast about a Bradford meat and potato pie shop called Roberts which had a giant pie in the window that steamed like a volcano. The shop had been damaged in an air raid but the pie had survived to steam again.

Glyn was so happy with the venue, and the wonderfully positive response from the audience, that he already has a show there for National Poetry Day on Thursday 3rd October.

Glyn said:

“The Gumption Centre were so professional, and the meat and potato pies were so good, I decide to invest the small profit I made on creating a new show with pies and the poetry of favourite old poets – poets who died long enough ago to be out of copyright!”

“If that show works I have already talked to the Centre about booking a residency there, and hope to develop a show to take Edinburgh, and raise the money to take it. The key thing is being able to walk around the city with my massive pie. I find a big pie gets people talking to me like nothing else I have found.”

The show is called: They’ve Been Dead A Long Time. They Wrote Poems That Rhyme (A show with pleasant poetry and pies)
7.30 pm. Thursday 3rd Oct. Gumption Centre, Glyde House,
Little Horton Lane, Bradford BD5 0BQ – 01274 241111.

Tickets £4 in advance, £5 on door. Pie & peas extra. Tickets from venue, or contact me for details




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