Poet David Subacchi was clearly a hit with the City Voices audience , reading from his collections 'First Cut’ (2012) ‘Hiding in Shadows’ (2014) and 'Not Really a Stranger' (2016) This was in evidence from the number of books he sold, which he says was a lovely surprise. David also read from a short pamphlet containing poems about the Easter Rising in Ireland in 1916. Many thanks to David travelling all the way from Wrexham, North Wales.
As David's surname suggests, his parents were Italian immigrants to Wales. In addition to English and Welsh, David is also fluent in the Italian language and instantly bonded with our own resident Italian novelist Steve Emanuel, who was born in Sicily. David and Steve are pictured here with CV member Lily Meigh. It was a shame our fellow-member Josie Kinnersley could not be there as she also has Italian roots.
Yours truly with David, who was studying at Liverpool University when I was at night school in my home city, in addition to the day job with the City Council. We were both frequenters of Liverpool's first pizza restaurant in the very early 70's, the original Pizzaland. Their standard plate was a slice of pizza with baked potato and coleslaw. They took "luncheon vouchers" (who remembers them?!) and you could even use your vouchers to purchase a carafe of wine! Maybe we saw each other in Pizzaland, who knows? It was very popular with students and I was often there with my then-best friend and others from the college. We all thought it was the height of sophistication!