Life Inside The Poetry Fridge

On the train to Carlisle at silly o’clock in the morning, I began having examination flashbacks; you know the sort of thing … nightmares involving turning up for O Levels or A Levels, university end of year progress exams, SATs or whatever in just your vest. Don’t be daft, I told myself, you’re properly prepared…

Verbalise

Looking forward to the Verbalise gig next Saturday. The Zoom room opens at 7.30 pm and the running order is open mic first, then me for 15-20 minutes and then Louise Fazackerley to close the evening. I’ll be reading mainly from Fledge and the link to find out more is below: CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contains Strong Language 2020

So onto the next thing … At the end of September, the BBC are descending on Carlisle to run a three day festival of poetry and spoken word. This will be the festival’s fourth year since 2017 when Hull in its capacity as City of Culture kicked the whole thing off. This year, the events…

I have become Patience Strong …

Why bind the days inside that self-embrace? Alight, a life should shame the brightest star; refuse the mask that hides a truthful face. Imperfect lines in faith do not disgrace when claimed as fact and owned for what they are. Why bind the days inside that self-embrace? Deny all ignorance a growing space. Offended eyes…

In Boots Like These

My poem in the Through The Locking Glass anthology published by Inspired By Lakeland in response to the current coronavirus crisis.

Interview with BBC Radio Cumbria Summer 2020

This recording will only be available for 30 days on the BBC website and will be archived at the end of that period. Below the link, I have uploaded an edited version which will not disappear, should you wish to listen. The interview took place in Lady Wood, Grasmere, about 200 metres along the old…

FilmPoem

The opening poem in the collection ‘Fledge‘ has been made into a film by Em Humble. ‘Dandelion Sun‘ looks at how children’s dreams and ambitions can sometimes get trampled in the process of growing up. A child holding onto their dream, who refuses to submit to the many pressures of childhood and adolescence, where conformity…

Fledge – two poems

Originally posted on The Poetry Village:
Today we celebrate the recent Maytree release, Fledge by Jonathan Humble. The collection of poems under the title ‘Fledge’ begins with a reflection on how a wild urban childhood and encounters with nature in adolescence have resonated in adult life. There is a strong nature theme running through the…

Forty Useful Fledgey Facts …

Number 1: The Avocet Did you know that there are four species of avocet? They are the American, Andean, red-necked and pied. It is the pied avocet with its long legs for wading and fine upward curved bill which is the symbol of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and a fitting bird…

Fledge Live Launch

Film from earlier in the evening at Northern Towers with a laptop and a webcam instead of the preferred occasion (sadly cancelled/postponed, who knows?) with wine, beer, music and little bits of cheese on sticks … Video ends abruptly (one poem from the end) when the 50p runs out in the meter and the internet…

Fledge Reviewed #4

Soooo happy with this lovely review from Write Out Loud on the publication of Fledge. Thank you Greg Freeman. 🙂 Link to the review on the Write Out Loud site >>> CLICK   Greg Freeman’s review …   Fledge: Jonathan Humble, Maytree Press by Greg Freeman Friday 31st July 2020 12:00 am Jonathan Humble lives in…