Keepsake by Kayleigh Campbell

The gentle thud of post at the front door signals the coming of Kayleigh Campbell’s Keepsake, number 7 in the impressive list of work published in 2019 by  Maytree Press. As is my wont, I read the title poem first. I know … I am a heathen, literally and figuratively; often skipping to the middle…

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? that is…

Fledge

I look at the array of talent that Maytree Press have in their 2019 list, at the hint of things to come in 2020 and I feel incredibly proud (as well as a little nervous) that my stuff will feature alongside poets like Maria Isakova Bennett, Hannah Stone, Tim Taylor, Katerina Neocleous, Kayleigh Campbell, Nick…

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…

Fledge #Poetry

It’s Sunday morning. I’m nursing a cup of coffee after last night’s excellent Verbalise featuring Big Charlie Poet and many other local poets who made Saturday evening in the Warehouse at The Brewery a really memorable occasion. We don’t often manage a photo, but there were so many folk reading who I admire that it…

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…

A coffee between two rivers

Still adjusting to part-time teaching, I thought I’d indulge myself with a poetry purchase from those lovely folk at Maytree Press and use my newly acquired freedom to read it at what has become a favourite coffee haunt in Kendal, About Time Espresso Bar down the New Shambles. The book in question is between two…

Pamphlet … looking for Plan B

I have been considering the idea of a pamphlet of poetry. Over this last year, having immersed myself in the published works of a number of admirable and impressive poets (an attempt to improve my own stuff and understand what’s required for a reasonable collection of serious poetry), concentrating on the less frivolous and avoiding…