Wok Juggling With Dave And Enoch

By Jonathan Humble In a little house down a quiet lane by the side of a disused welly factory lived Enoch and Dave. Enoch sat at the table in their kitchen while Dave prepared the evening meal. “Here Enoch,” said Dave, placing a sandwich before him. “I expect you’re hungry after a hard day at…

Saboteur Awards 2021

For anyone unfamiliar with Fledge, I have posted the web launch from last year which gives background to the pamphlet poems (should you wish to nip over and send a vote my way in the poetry pamphlet category) >>> Link to twitter post for voting

Saboteur Awards 2021

#SabAwards21 #Poetry Hello Poetry World. The Saboteur Awards are underway and if you liked my poetry pamphlet ‘Fledge’, would you consider voting for me in the ‘best pamphlet’ category? Cheers, Jonathan x

Beltane Song

I have written a song for children which I thought I’d share with you here …

Will Purdom … agitator, plant-hunter, forester

Will Purdom … agitator, plant-hunter, foresterA review of Francois Gordon’s book by Jonathan Humble It was a hefty thud at the front door that alerted me to the arrival of the post and Francois Gordon’s impressive biography of Edwardian plantsman and social activist Will Purdom.It is a lovely and substantial book to hold. I had…

Drifting

Light seeps through cracked lashes.The new day’s tide sweeps a winter beach,debris left on rippled sandforms a room of furniturein a head weighed with questions. Out of frozen vaults of memory,a canvas dragged into the morning sunthaws slowly, mixed colour through frostleaching out in blurred patcheson old bones in a strange bed. Who owns these…

Why Bind The Days?

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 disgracewhen 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 see nothing but the scar.Refuse…

The Pie Tester

Very pleased to say that my poem The Pie Tester was highly commended by Carole Bromley in the YorkMix Children’s Poetry Competition. Congratulations to joint winners Elizabeth Sanders and Sarah Ziman who share the honour of first prize. Here for your perusal is my poem … hope you like it 🙂 I am the man…

To Infinity … KPF 2021 Zooms into the Future

Kendal Poetry Festival 2021 … Poetry For Everyone: a review So I was organising my hot chocolate, arranging with the family my sole and undisputed access to our comfiest armchair, practising my skills on Zoom and looking through the programme on the Kendal Poetry Festival website, when an e-mail pinged into the virtual letterbox from…

Poems from the Fridge …

Here are some of the fun poems ordered, written and performed during the Contains Strong Language Festival at Tullie House in Carlisle last year (Poet in a Fridge 2020) …

Countdown To The Kendal Poetry Festival …

I miss going to live poetry events: meeting friends, visiting the bookstalls, the bustle for perfect seats, listening to poets you admire while nursing a glass of wine (beer, coffee, hot chocolate etc.) and being inspired to try and improve your own stuff at the end of it all … So, in these times of…