Charles Quarterman Heroes @ The SpiegelYurt, Edinburgh * * *
“I shall simply start from the beginning again,” he announces. And does. It is ridiculously funny.
He is a man of words, but he uses them in very much his own way. The ‘a’ in the name Gerald is silent, he takes issue with roads being said to ‘stretch’ and his poetry anthologies have titles like Sandwiches of Sorrow. He is scrupulously honest and will always tell you, to the word, if something he has said is untrue. The section he intones from his incomplete autobiographical novel will stay with me always, although bee lovers should really get a trigger warning.