Reviews
Praise, criticism - and I can dish it out too.

Reviews of my work

“Modern life is not so much mysterious and metaphysical in the poems of Richie Brown but is more of a maze or minefield of tragi-comedy, booze – a place where the air is humming with wee jokes waiting to be plucked and presented. …. The overall sense of Travels with my Rants by Richie Brown is that of an evening in the pub, listening to a poet who is only going to brighten your senses. ….
Indeed, it stings a little of the domestic tragedies so enjoyed by some of the Liverpool poets, and Dad’s Last Dance is hilarious and moving, and perfectly worthy of that generation. ….
The collection then is playful and its author enjoys the ridiculous, not so much that he never makes his point clearly.”

Scottish Books review of ‘Travel with my Rants’ : Link

“Richie Brown tends to class himself as a performance poet. I would suggest he’s got a lot more to offer than mere performance. Whilst he can strut and trade his charms on the ivory stages with the best of them, he is also a very good page poet (i.e. someone who writes well, as well). He has an eye for a title, a pun and a clever turn of phrase, whilst his other eye is winking knowingly at you. Equally adept at formal poems and free verse, he has a Cutleresque skew on life that surprises and amuses by turns. He’s got a lot of poetic potential in his locker. All he’s lacking is a harmonium.”

Eddie Gibbons blurb for ‘Travel with my Rants’

“Travel with my Rants is a confident and impressive first collection, and Richie does it full justice in his characterful performance, making for a highly entertaining and enjoyable evening out. Do seek out the book! You won’t be disappointed!”

Haworth Hodgkinson on the launch of ‘Travel with my Rants’ : Link

“Richie’s well-known in Aberdeen for his tiny A6 Whiffy Tidings pamphlets incorporating sometimes insouciantly filthy short stories and irreverent formal poetry but here, Dad’s Last Dance is more compassionate …. a scene redolent of Dennis Potter.”

Richard Tyrone Jones on ‘Warm Shadows’ : Link

“A tranche of the daft neo-Dickensian, with lots of vivid imagination at work.”

Jonathan Falla on ‘Warm Shadows’ : Link

“Perhaps the climax of the humour (excuse the pun) or the pooh on the shoe (for you doggy fetishists) was Richie Brown’s A Shaggy Dog story. More than a slight detour from the Ronnie Corbett school of shaggy dogs, but a flawless gem of comic timing.”

Catriona Yule on ‘A Shaggy Dog’ at ‘Blaze o’ Glory’

My reviews of the work of others

“Intuitive scores have no set time signature, scales or notes …. it is the measure of a great ensemble to take these instructions to new and interesting places while remaining a cohesive unit throughout.”

Mars in Aquarius live at the St Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral, Aberdeen, Saturday 20th June 2015 : Link

“One of the sure highlights of this year’s New Words festival sees curator Haworth Hodgkinson in a packed Glenbuchat Hall doing what he does best – apparently making it up as he goes along.”

Haworth Hodgkinson live at Glenbuchat Hall, New Words 2014 : Link

“Haworth’s poetry is melancholy, macabre and mirthful by turns – sometimes, like in In The Night, within the same poem. Elsewhere he plays the part of the chronicler – sketching notes on everyday life in ordinary, rural areas with names that ring exotic when coupled with his natural, surreal viewpoint.”

Haworth Hodgkinson – ‘Tractor Bastard’ : Link

“Heart failure has never been this much fun!”

Richard Tyrone Jones Has a Big Heart (Live at Cellar 35, Aberdeen, 1st August 2012): Link

“A very personal, autobiographic look back through the past ten years of his life: one enhanced, possibly hindered by a thirst for loud music, and reading, and writing.”

John Osborne – ‘John Peel’s Shed’ (Live at the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, 24th May 2012) : Link