World Premiere … In Boots Like These

We’re all very excited here because in about 30 minutes, Knock and Nash Productions will air Ethan Chapples’ performance of my poem on their YouTube channel (click the picture below …). This will be at 2:00 pm (1:00 pm GMT) and I would be massively grateful if some of you would give it a like,…

NorthernJim Poetry

Over on that YouTube, I’ve re-opened my poetry channel and uploaded half a dozen poems. Please go and have a look (link below), subscribe and/or leave a comment if you wish. The recordings were done either side of a severe shaving but I’m pleased to say the beard is returning now that I’ve given the…

Sitting In A Semi (after David Bowie)

Remote in a Cumbrian village, removed and adrift as instructed, I have become a modern Major Tom, floating with the tins and toilet rolls, bouncing off the ceiling, walls and floor. Behind glass, I message Planet Earth, well placed for views in virtual space, sitting in a semi, playing spot the Herdwick, clapping frontline health…

Poetry Workshops

Last year, after taking the decision to reduce my teaching hours in order to concentrate on poetry, I set a few aims on what I’d like to try and achieve in 2020. The proposed publication of a pamphlet has so far been the most exciting development, with Maytree Press confirming an August launch of Fledge…

Cumbrian Story Project #NotPoetry

Popped over to the Brewery Arts Centre today to record a true story for a local project … ‘Street’ About thirty years ago, as a young teacher, I took my class of 10 year olds on an outdoor education residential week in the Lake District. The school did this every summer term and it gave…

Maytree, Marsden and All That Poetry Jazz

Last week in the run-up to National Poetry Day, I went to Carlisle to appear on Radio Cumbria’s Arty Show and discuss matters poetic with Darren Milby and Polly Atkin. I did the usual thing and took a wrong turn while driving, sailing past the junction I was meant to go down and ending up…

September Update #Poetry

I was thinking about the range of writing I’ve done over the last ten years and felt a bit sad that I’ll probably never write another school musical like the series I worked on with Anne Pater from 1996 to 2012. Every couple of years, we’d perform them with a thousand kids over a week…

Coming Home

My poem from the Handstand Press Anthology of Cumbrian Poetry which, along with Incoming, I’ll be reading at the Norman Nicholson Festival at the end of this month in Millom. Coming Home I wonder if, like me, the winter skies at Cunswick, swathed in low cloud, above old scars of crag and frozen garlands of…

Norman Nicholson Festival

The Norman Nicholson Festival is taking place in Millom (of course) over the weekend of June 29th – 30th. The events have been organised by the Norman Nicholson Society. Among other attractions, the key note speaker will be Sean O’Brien; multiple award-winning poet whose laurels include the TS Eliot Prize, Northern Writer of the Year…

Yew

In search of yew in Borrowdale that shared the sun with Judas, I walk a rutted path, aware of twinges, snares, rocks, carrying your paints and easel along with this bowl of words, no longer fit for consumption, mold festering in knots from sour touching fruit within. And if these words were berries, gardeners would…