Though best known for his novels, Louis de Bernières thinks of poetry as his original vocation. In Imagining Alexandria, his début poetry collection, he returns to his first literary love – the Greek poet C. P. Cavafy. Transporting us back to the vivid Mediterranean landscape of his novels, the poems survey matters historic, erotic and philosophical with a quintessentially British gaze. The collection is a delicate blend of melancholy, irony and desire, beautifully illustrated throughout with exquisite line drawings – the perfect homage to Cavafy, whose Collected Poems has stayed in de Bernières’ pocket ever since he was introduced to the work on a visit to Corfu in 1983. This will be a wonderful evening of readings and discussion about Greece, and will appeal just as much to admirers of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin as it will to poetry aficionados. Imagining Alexandria is a small jewel of a book, exposing a little-known string to de Bernières’ bow and shining a light on the great Alexandrian poet.