Doggerel for the Discerning

Over at that wonderful organ, The Yorkshire Times, another poem in the ‘Doggerel’ series has surfaced. Last week, the title poem from ‘My Camel’s Name Is Brian’ was front and centre (copy and link below with a favourite photo of Ian McMillan at Tullie House last year), but today we’ve gone for ‘The Thoughtful Little…

Look out for Lonely Pebbles

Another poem in the Doggerel for the Discerning series at The Yorkshire Times … A Happy Ending For Petrologists A pebble sat upon a beach and thought, as would a stone,of whether in the Universe it was a soul alone.For it could see no evidence to otherwise disprovethat rocks had not the wherewithal to think…

The Sad Tale Of The Reckless Rhubarb

This is the second in the series Doggerel for the Discerning currently appearing over on The Yorkshire Times website … The Sad Tale of the Reckless Rhubarb ‘Twas on a clear and moonlit nightin Castleford’s green fields,the stick of rhubarb’s mind to thoughtsadventurous did yield. And turning to his nearby love,he made a solemn pledgeto…

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…

Life Inside The Poetry Fridge

On the train to Carlisle at silly o’clock in the morning, I began having examination flashbacks; you know the sort of thing … nightmares involving turning up for O Levels or A Levels, university end of year progress exams, SATs or whatever in just your vest. Don’t be daft, I told myself, you’re properly prepared…

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…

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…