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Gyles Brandreth and the joy of learning poetry by heart

By: stagedoorscribbler - November 11, 2019

Gyles Brandreth. Photograph by Hattie Milkes

Our good friend Gyles Brandreth hits the road this week on a mission to inform, entertain and promote his new book Dancing by the Light of the Moon.
Gyles is a man of many talents - former MP, One Show reporter, star of BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute, wearer of colourful jumpers, collector of Teddy Bears, actor, presenter, wit, raconteur and author of multiple books. The list goes on. He is also, perhaps not surprisingly, a great lover of poetry and this is where Dancing by the Light of the Moon come in.
For it is both a celebration of some of the best-loved poems in the English language and a unique guide to the value and power of learning poetry by heart. It offers 250 plus examples of sad, funny and moving poetry from Benjamin Zephaniah to William Shakespeare, from Kate Tempest to Robert Browning, from John Cooper Clark to John Keats and many more.
It also offers tips on how to improve your memory  - a book designed to lift your spirits and change your life.
*Gyles Brandreth presents Dancing by the Light of the Moon at Lichfield Garrick Theatre Saturday 16th November. Further info at