Liam Fray and Paul Heaton read from Nick Power of The Coral’s poetry book – listen

Maxine Peake and John Simm also read from 'Small Town Chase'

Musicians including Paul Heaton of The Beautiful South and Liam Fray of The Courteeners have recorded readings from ‘Small Town Chase’, the first book of poetry from The Coral‘s Nick Power.

Power, who plays keyboard for the Liverpool band, has written the 96-page book and recruited a number of famous faces to help promote the release. Joining Fray and Heaton on the list are Cian Ciaran of Super Furry Animals plus Arctic Monkeys collaborator and former Coral bandmate Bill Ryder-Jones as well as actors Maxine Peake and John Simm. Scroll down to hear the readings now.

Power says: “The themes in Small Town Chase ties in lyrically with a lot of the themes in The Coral’s songs, especially the last album – small town alienation, forgotten piers, love, loss and boredom. It’s almost a companion piece, in that sense.”

“I wouldn’t call it poetry as such, or even lyrics,” he continued. “It’s just a world created through words and I think you’ve got to create that sort of world in whatever you’re doing, whether it is music, film, literature or art. If it’s real or unreal enough for people to lose themselves in then you’ve succeeded. That’s all I have ever been looking for, whether that was with The Coral or in ‘Small Town Chase.'”

‘Small Town Chase’ is out now, published by Erbacce Press. Scroll down to hear a selection of readings from the book now. The Coral released their latest album ‘Butterfly House’ in 2010 and are currently on an indefinite break.