Jonathan Who?

I am a deputy head teacher in Cumbria and have taught in primary schools for over thirty years. Before that, I worked in the power industry as a student engineer, a lettuce picker for East Coast Salads and a painter in a corrugated card factory. About seven years ago, I started writing poetry again after a long break; focusing mainly on light iambic stuff to entertain myself.

Eventually, some of this work ended up in magazines and anthologies (listed below) and in 2014 I was appointed as Poet Laureate for the Tripe Marketing Board, who very kindly offered to publish a collection of poems early in 2015 through TMB Books (My Camel’s Name Is Brian). In 2016, the Sunday Clog Market in Rossendale also appointed me as their poet. My poems and stories for children pop up occasionally in various places (Bill the Bad was commended in the Caterpillar Poetry Competition; Karmasaurus was shortlisted for the York Children’s Poetry Prize) and other stuff has appeared from time to time on BBC Radio 4 and on Gordon Swindlehurst’s show on Radio Cumbria. I read at spoken word events such as Verbalise in the Kendal Brewery Arts Centre, Big Charlie’s Working Title and Spotlight in Lancaster.

In 2017 I began to send out a wider range of writing to publications with mixed success. This blog is an outlet for some of this work in progress.

Publications, Websites and Magazines

Big Issue In The North (2011) … Postcard From Beyond The Looking Glass, Butterfly’s Wing, Traveller’s Tale

Poems For Freedom (2013) … There Was A Merchant Banker

Lighten Up Online (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018) … Glad To Be A Dalek, Toast, Doris Loves Sidney, Confiteor Quia Peccavi, Question From A Supernumerary, Clog, Postprandial Ponder, A Watershed Moment in Leamington For Henry Rupert Milestone

Dragon Poet Review (2014) … Beware Of Spoons

Paragram (2014) … At The End, In Retrospect

The Looking Glass Magazine (2014) … The Gurgle

The Caterpillar Magazine (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018) … The Gurgle, The Enchanted Sandwich, Silly Folk, Bill The Bad

My Camel’s Name Is Brian (2015) … Collection of 100 poems

The Stew Magazine (2015, 2016) … Join In, Fred The Toad, Hattie’s Hobby, The Sad Tale Of Fred The Fringe, Don’t Pick It, Fruit Appeal, Fruit Fool, Glum Plum

Amazing Magazine (2016) … The Sad Tale Of Fred The Fringe

Ink Sweat & Tears (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) … A Happy Ending For Petrologists, Glad To Be A Dalek, Blanket, On The Road To Samaria

Write Out Loud (2016, 2017, 2019) … Poem of the Week Spoon With A View   Incoming Book End

Kim Moore Poetry Blog (2016) … A Happy Ending For Petrologists

The Teacher (2016) … Meeting Expectations

Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis (2016, 2017) … Fruit Fool, Cosy, Clog!

Watershed (Anthology) (2016) … Leaky Welly Blues

Obsessed With Pipework (2017, 2019) … (Issue#77) You And I, If I Wanted To, (Issue#79) Look, Multiple Choice, (Issue#87) Still Life, Slow Move To Fall

Clear Poetry (2017) … Man Without A Pullover, Then It Rains, How Bad It Is

Curlew Calling (Anthology published by Numenious Press) edited by Karen Lloyd (2017) … Incoming

Atrium Poetry (2017, 2018, 2019) … Old Dog, Return To Mardale, On Good Days, Red Pencil

Liz Brownlee’s Poetry Roundabout (2017, 2018) … Freedom Poem for Kids (National Poetry Day 2017), My Aunties Come From Yorkshire (International Women’s Day)

Riggwelter Press (issue 2 October 1st 2017) … Fireweed; (issue 3 November 1st 2017) … One Called Paul; (issue 14 October 1st 2018) … Yew

Three Drops Press Three Drops from a Cauldron (Samhain 2017 special edition October 13th 2017) … Pontefract Postponed … Three Drops Web Journal (May 2018) … Toast

Milestone Anthology (October 17th 2017) … Raven’s Last Journey

Zoomorphic (issue 9 October 20th 2017) … Death On A Pavement

Amaryllis  (January 29th 2018) … Schrödinger’s Mouse 

Diversifly (Anthology of Urban Bird Poetry) Fair Acre Press (February 2018) … One Called Paul

Isabelle Kenyon’s MIND poetry project  (‘Please Hear What I’m Not Saying’ February 2018) … Somewhere Else

Black Country Arts Foundry (February 20th 2018) … Rainbow Friday

Burning House Press (March 2018) … Invitation To Move On

Eye Flash Poetry Journal (Issue #2 April 2018) … Then It Rains

Curlew Moon by Mary Colwell published by HarperCollins (April 2018) … extracts from Incoming

Picaroon Poetry (Issue #12 May 10th 2018) … Aberration, (Issue #18 September 15th 2019) … Ode To A Lovely Thing

Bonnie’s Crew Man Without A Pullover (April 2018), And Yet (February 2019), Little Rowan (October 2019)

Blue Nib (Issue #29 May 13th 2018) … Copenhagen Interpretation, (Issue #37 March 15th 2019) … Fireweed

Morality Park (June 8th 2018) … On The Road To Samaria; (October 17th 2018) … This Work Is Done

Handstand Press (October 2018) This Place I Know (Anthology of Cumbrian Poetry) … Coming Home

Barren Magazine (Issue #2 October 2018) … Forty Years On

Helen Cox’s Homeless poetry project (‘Light Through The Mist’ December 2018) … Book End

Hypnopomp Literary Magazine (Issue #7 January 31st 2019) … Hawkbit … Jigsaw

Yorkshire Times (May 27th 2019) Poem of the Week … Incoming

Ayaskala (Issue #1 July 2nd 2019) … Elsewhere

The Poetry Village (November 11th 2019) … Schrödinger’s Mouse

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