Death of a poetry campaigner

Very sad to hear that Josephine Hart died today of cancer.

She was best known as the author of Damage, which was filmed with Jeremy Irons, and as the wife of advertising baron Maurice Saatchi.

But she will be most fondly remembered for the evenings at the British Library where she got major actors to read poetry, much of it new, for an invited audience, most of which would never spae the time for poetry.

I met her first the night she had Harold Pinter reading from his uncollected verses. She was a passionate missionary of poetry in all its forms. She will be very widely missed.

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