Patron saints have been updated for the modern age - to include the Patron Saints of sat-navs, looters and the un-cool - in a new poetry book and free art exhibition.
The alternative imaginary saints were created by poet Maggie Butt after she learned about the existence of official Patron Saints for Florentine Cheese merchants, lumberjacks and wax-melters.
In order bring the saints into the 21st century Maggie has created the Patron Saint of eco-warriors, liars, hoods, naps, and ugly towns in her book ‘Sancti Clandestini – Undercover Saints’.
Illustrations of the new saints will feature in a new quirky exhibition at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, London from 29 October until 16 November 2012. Created by staff and students at Middlesex University, the illustrations will be on sale throughout the exhibition.
Maggie will launch the book in the cafe on the 7 November from 6-11pm, with poetry readings at 7, 8 and 9pm. Artists who contributed will also be on hand to discuss their work.
Maggie Butt, who is Deputy Dean of Art and Design at Middlesex University, said: "I am delighted by the sumptuous illustrations produced by the staff and students. They are inventive, surprising and full of variety. It is a great pleasure to be able to show them at the Poetry Cafe.”
The free exhibition will be open on Monday to Friday from 11am to 11pm and on Saturdays from 7pm until 11pm. The Poetry Cafe is closed on Sundays.
Date: 29 October – 16 November. There will also be a book launch on 7 November 6-11pm where readings will take place at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.
Times: Monday – Friday 11am-11pm, Saturday 7pm-11pm, closed Sunday
Address: The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX
Tube: Covent Garden/Holborn
Price: Free entry
Age group: open to all
Photo: Illustration by Fredrik Eden of the Patron Saint of Old Dogs that will be featured in the exhibition