One Called Paul (revisited)

A few years ago, while cycling back home along a country lane from Kendal’s Saturday market, I was attacked. The assailant came out of nowhere, making an unearthly noise, causing me to fall onto the grass verge before she escaped over the fields. On reaching my destination, slightly bruised, I persuaded my wife to come…

Goodwill to all Men and Mice

I am a soft clart. Situations requiring cold, reasoned logic and swift decisive action are often dealt with ineptly when they involve wildlife infestations. Let me paint a picture … In Cumbria where I live, my house is situated next to a field. Along with the help of neighbours, the field is run as a…

Fledge Reviewed #5

Hot off the press … news of the latest review of Fledge from those lovely chaps at Happenstance Press who focus on one point of interest in their Sphinx Review page. Thank you to Anne Bailey for her kind words. Fledge, Jonathan Humble Maytree Press, 2020    £7.00 Winged witness There is so much to enjoy here!…

Yorkshire Times Article: Goole Revisited

As a child in the sixties, I lived and played down Jefferson Street in the Port of Goole. Home was handily placed for an unpaid job as ball boy with the town’s football team at The Pleasure Grounds. We could hear the busy railway lines that ran from Kingston Upon Hull to Doncaster (the same…

November 1st 2020 … déjà vu, all over again

Borrowing the above phrase made famous by professional baseball player and undoubted sage Lawrence Peter ‘Yogi’ Berra, we do seem to have been here before. Back in March 2020, when news of the first coronavirus lockdown was sinking in and the UK came to a shuddering halt, I had been deep in preparations for an…

Quick October Update

An opportunity has arisen to write for The Yorkshire and Lancashire Times on the internet. The poetry blog entries I upload here on WordPress have attracted the attention of a group that publishes news, arts and literature features on the web and I have been asked to supply the occasional piece for circulation under their…

Verbalise

Looking forward to the Verbalise gig next Saturday. The Zoom room opens at 7.30 pm and the running order is open mic first, then me for 15-20 minutes and then Louise Fazackerley to close the evening. I’ll be reading mainly from Fledge and the link to find out more is below: CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contains Strong Language 2020

So onto the next thing … At the end of September, the BBC are descending on Carlisle to run a three day festival of poetry and spoken word. This will be the festival’s fourth year since 2017 when Hull in its capacity as City of Culture kicked the whole thing off. This year, the events…

Interview with BBC Radio Cumbria Summer 2020

I have uploaded an edited version of Helen Millican’s radio programme. In the show, we discuss Fledge and the inspiration behind the poems. The interview took place in Lady Wood, Grasmere, about 200 metres along the old coffin route from Dove Cottage in a typical Cumbria downpour under a magnificent beech tree with a torrent…

FilmPoem

The opening poem in the collection ‘Fledge‘ has been made into a film by Em Humble. ‘Dandelion Sun‘ looks at how children’s dreams and ambitions can sometimes get trampled in the process of growing up. A child holding onto their dream, who refuses to submit to the many pressures of childhood and adolescence, where conformity…

Fledge – two poems

Originally posted on The Poetry Village:
Today we celebrate the recent Maytree release, Fledge by Jonathan Humble. The collection of poems under the title ‘Fledge’ begins with a reflection on how a wild urban childhood and encounters with nature in adolescence have resonated in adult life. There is a strong nature theme running through the…

Forty Useful Fledgey Facts …

Number 1: The Avocet Did you know that there are four species of avocet? They are the American, Andean, red-necked and pied. It is the pied avocet with its long legs for wading and fine upward curved bill which is the symbol of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and a fitting bird…