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,…

The Poetry Archive

Sitting in a Semi (after David Bowie) is now up on The Poetry Archive … if you have the time, why not pop over and have a listen, maybe leave a comment and have a look at the other wonderful stuff that’s available? The Poetry Archive “is a not-for-profit organisation that produces, acquires and preserves…

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…

Mouse

Schrödinger’s Mouse Your love of my raspberries has resulted in this late evening walk in headtorch, to hedges of hazel and blackthorn, far enough from home to foil ideas of return. Aware of owls ripping through moonlight, I kneel in damp fescue and sedge, clutching this tilt trap of quantum uncertainty; mouse or no mouse?…

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…

Poem of the Week

So very pleased and excited that ‘Incoming’ was published as ‘Poem of the Week’ on the Yorkshire Times website, especially as it nestles among some work by folk I consider to be poetry gods (have a look to see what I mean … 🙂 ) Incoming I am not your enemy dear messenger, but still…

Is that the time already?

Good grief, we’re half-way through September; this soapbox go cart careers uncontrollably toward the cliff edge of oblivion, while the steering wheel comes off in my hands and I begin to regret that I didn’t incorporate a brake as a design feature. Ah well … At least Kendal Poetry Festival was good. I enjoyed listening…

Poetry As Therapy

Primary school league tables, standard assessment testing of young children, enforced moderation sessions and the inequities of OfStEd inspections seem to be causing me much aggravation of late (as I sit with thirty reports to write on this fine and sunny Saturday evening). And so, by means of a therapeutic poetry pressure relieving valve, here…

On Good Days …

It has been a very good day today: a poem for #InternationalWomensDay appearing on Liz Brownlee’s lovely Poetry Roundabout site, an excellent day at school with the wonderful Class 4 making Mothers’ Day cards and lots of love being shown towards On Good Days on Atrium Poetry (a poem which, if I’m honest, I didn’t have…

Port by Simon Stephens

Sometimes, you come across words and music which hit a chord … This trailer for Leeds University Union Theatre Group’s excellent production of Simon Stephens’ play Port and the performance by the cast and crew at the University’s Stage Theatre last night has managed to do that very thing. Off to do a bit of…