Voices from Stone and Bronze

I’m launching my second poetry collection, Voices from Stone and Bronze today, and I will be  reading in Milton Keynes, London and North Wales.  You can order your copy from Cinnamon Press.   With thanks to Jan Fortune, Vanessa Gebbie, and Jeremy Banning and also all the members of the Thursday advanced poetry group who…

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Ways into Poetry – A Year with Rilke

Often when I suggest to people that it would be good for them to read more poetry they sigh and reply ‘I wish I could but I just don’t have the time’. But we all make the time to eat every day don’t we and spending time on poems is another form of nourishment. Part…

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Ready for lift-off and a poetry launch

“There are some moments in life that are like pivots around which your existence turns – small intuitive flashes, when you know you have done something right for a change..”                                                                                 Robyn Davidson, Tracks I have had a couple of these pivotal moments in the last year including making the decision to leave the day…

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Pigeon Ravine on the Somme

As I have been writing this blog post I came across my hand-written notes from October 2013 when Jeremy Banning first took me and other writers to Pigeon Ravine and I found Louis Doffman amongst the graves. I can’t remember now whether it was Jeremy who pointed out his headstone (as is his habit of…

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More reviews please – OPOI

OPOI are a brilliant idea, designed by address the lack of reviews of poetry books and pamphlets and dreamed up by Helena Nelson. They are a short reponse and the idea is that they present one point of view. So you can do as Josephine Corcoran does in her review of The Great Vowel Shift…

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Three most popular posts

Now that I am writing blog posts more regularly I have been taking an interest in the statistics for the blog. I’ve been pleased to discover that the most popular posts have focussed on the work of two poets; The first is John Pudney whose work I was reading back in 2012.   The second…

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Ways into Poetry – Write a poem a day (PAD)

During April there are various places and groups around the internet that you can join to write a poem a day during the month. It is not too late to join in.Foremost of these is the challenge set by Robert Lee Brewer, Poet and Senior Content Editor at the Writer’s Digest community and today the…

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