On Tuesday evening Martin Anderson and Damian Furniss read new work. Anderson was launching the second and middle volume (XXX-LIX) of his prose sequence The Hoplite Journals. These dense and intricate passages focus largely on South East and South Asia and well repay careful reading. The Crossing The Line reading the following night featured American visitors Mark Weiss (editor of a new and acclaimed anthology of Cuban poetry in translation) and Stephen Vincent whose haptics will be familiar to readers of the UK Poetry website (photos of these two above). At the second of these readings I faced a problem that must be common to photographers working from the back of an English audience: reflected light from the shaven heads of many of the punters.