[...] Some who were there dispute MacSweeney's version of events. On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Festival of Sparty Lea, it remains a hot topic on message boards and poetry websites. One thing at least is beyond dispute: after the Cambridge Marxist-obscurantist poet Jeremy Prynne told the Newcastle poet Tom Pickard to keep his young son quiet during a reading, Pickard went outside and smashed his Land Rover into Prynne's half- timbered Morris Oxford saloon. [...]
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