Invited by Stephen Linstead from York University, who has overseen the compiling of the modern poetry anthology entitled Viral Verses, Heath Common has set to music and recorded two of his poems/lyrics which feature in the anthology, which was released in a bid to raise funds for the NHS and maintain positivity in these unprecedented and troubled times. Heath spoke with The Fountain about the single as well as his plans for the forthcoming future.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to 2 Covid Verses

The reception to 2 Covid Verses has been tremendous in terms of the amount of downloads which have taken place and in terms of the reception which the digital single has generated in the press, on the radio and TV and in the media generally.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?

I’ve been invited to undertake a number of poetry readings on Zoom at a wide variety of Poetry Festivals being staged virtually around the world so that should keep me busy for a while.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging? 

My favourite venue for playing live is Ronnie Scott’s Club in London where everything is so well organised and professional in terms of how the performer is treated. In terms of gigging in the future, I look forward to appearing at next year’s excellent 2021 Louder Than Words Festival in Manchester where – to my enormous good fortune – I am invited back to perform every year.