What’s Kooking in the Kittchen?

On May 1st, my friends Luke and Em will be opening their new arts centre & licenced cafe in Hawkshead which is in the heart of the Lake District. Their idea is to specialise in the very best Cumbria has to offer, from home-grown entertainment to locally produced food (website under development). They’ve put a lot of…

Eye Flash Poetry Journal (Spring 2018)

The long awaited copies of Eye Flash arrived today. It is a lovely poetry journal produced by Charlotte Begg with guest editor Anna Saunders. The cover art (Guardians by Carrie Schmitt) is wonderful and I feel honoured to have a poem among such esteemed company. It’s a brilliant feeling to see something you’ve written in…

Curlew Calling #WorldCurlewDay

  On Saturday 21st April it is World Curlew Day, promoting and celebrating curlews worldwide. This is an important event due to the worrying decline in numbers of this lovely bird over recent times. Mary Colwell, Karen Lloyd and others have been working hard to raise awareness about the plight of curlew and Mary is…

Bonnie’s Crew

Such an excellent endeavour, raising a bit of cash for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund / Leeds Congenital Hearts, with money generated from Bonnie’s Crew (Kate Garrett’s poetry site) being used by Leeds General Infirmary Congenital Hearts Unit. I am very happy if any poem of mine can be helpful in such a wonderful cause … good…

Spoken Word #News

I love doing spoken word and open-mic readings. As far as poetry is concerned, I am a show-off and if there’s an audience, it doesn’t take much to persuade me to get up and declaim the tale of the Reckless Rhubarb, Fred the Fringe or push the cause of curlew in poetic form. In Kendal,…