Theatre of Dreams
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Theatre of Dreams

32pp  |  9781906613105

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An ex-professional footballer, Mike Di Placido’s debut pamphlet takes its title from his magical trial with Manchester United in the early seventies. His time there is warmly recorded in snapshots of Messrs. Busby, Stiles, Law and, not least, his fourth person of The Trinity, George Best.

After peddling his soccer wares from York City to Australia and New Zealand, Mike returned to study, eventually taking an MA in Poetry while working as a house husband. Mike lives in Seamer, North Yorkshire, with his wife and two daughters.


'Though Nobby, Denis and Sir Matt make a late appearance, footballing prowess is entirely incidental to the book’s achievement. Theatre of Dreams instead turns on the half-expressed yearnings we all feel (for more contact with nature, for genuine unsullied entertainment and greater meaning in our lives) but struggle to articulate with any vigour.' — James Roderick Burns, Sphinx

'I have re-discovered Mike Di Placido’s Theatre of Dreams, his lovely 2009 pamphlet from Smith/Doorstop Books. Mike covers a range of subjects from George Mallory to Amy Winehouse with great ecomony of style, humour and beauty. I urge you to vist Smith/Doorstop and order a copy.' — Roy Marshall [selected 'A Yorkshire Parable' as his Poem of the Week on 19 June]


'I can't remember when I enjoyed a book of poems so much — possibly [Ted Hughes'] Season Songs.' — Keith Sagar


'A really gorgeous and rewarding collection. I loved it.' — David Morley


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