THE Victoria Rooms in Milverton will host a benefit event for the Friends of Somerset Libraries campaign with a poet whose work is for ‘people who didn’t think they liked poetry’ on Saturday, November 26.

Matt Harvey is host of BBC Radio 4’s Wondermentalist, a show which bills itself as a comedy-infused, musically-enhanced interactive poetry cabaret.

His unique work has propelled him to fill the role of resident poet at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships via BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, perform at the Edinburgh Festival and contribute to the Desktop Poetry slot in the Guardian.

Matt’s poems cover subjects as varied as lonely hearts, tea bags, gradients and gigabytes, making them accessible to people of all ages of backgrounds.

He has self-published four books, and his latest offerings are The Hole in the Sum of my Parts and Where Earwigs Dare.

This larger than life entertainer’s poems are playful, perceptive, affectionate and funny and the performance which accompanies them are just the same.

The campaign to save Somerset’s libraries is part of a national movement which aims to garner support from communities in the form of petitions and greater involvement to save these vital amenities.

Tickets for this one-off show are £7 and £3.50 for under 18s. They are on sale at Taunton Tourist Information Centre (01823-336344), Wiveliscombe Post Office (01984-623308) and shortly at Doors and the bar open at 7pm. Further information is available from the organisers Under One Sun (01984-656727) and at or at Matt’s own website: