Keith Hutson

Keith Hutson

Keith Hutson has written for Coronation Street and many well-known comedians. His poetry has been widely-published in journals including The North, The Rialto, Stand, Magma, Agenda and Poetry Salzburg Review (where he is now on the editorial board), and he has had several competition successes. His debut pamphlet, Routines, was published in 2016 by Poetry Salzburg, and in 2018 his smith|doorstop pamphlet Troupers was a Laureate's Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. He has toured extensively with Carol Ann, most recently at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and at South Bank. Keith has an MA (Poetry) from Manchester Metropolitan University. He delivers poetry and performance workshops for the Square Chapel Theatre and Children And The Arts. His debut full collection, Baldwin's Catholic Geese, is to be published by Bloodaxe in 2019, and he is currently working on a second smith|doorstop pamphlet.

In Hutson’s poetry, humour lifts the veil on our prejudices and hypocrisies. He brings glorious, subversive entertainment back to life in these wonderful poems. – William Bedford

Glasgow Empire

by Keith Hutson


Yes, it was here the gang show audience

slow-handclapped that girl guide

with laryngitis;


the Beverley Sisters flitted on

then promptly darted off again

to cries of Christ, there’s three of ‘em!


Where else would Eartha Kitt

be forced back out, Ken Dodd

having cut his act in half?


After Des O’Connor fainted

from derision, dragged to safety,

seventy ice creams were counted on his suit.


Even when empty, anger

occupied this auditorium. It bloomed,

silent and black: a storm building to break


above row upon row of folded seats,

all rigid as a nervous herd

before it bolts.

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