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,…

Masterclass

The shed was an apex all-woodhome-built construction,erected that furnace of a summerwhen we burnt in the shadeand our feet turned to leather,a backdrop of screaming swiftsswooping like mad dot bansheesin the forget-me-not blue. We stood back and admiredthe woody quality of its sturdiness,overlooked the imperfections;worth the blisters and swearing,seed drawers alphabetically labelled,garden tools hanging in…

The Blue Nib

Three poems for your consideration over at The Blue Nib today … Caught In Concrete, Masterclass and One Step Beyond. I hope you like them 🙂

May Update …

So, time ticks on and I’m about six months away from leaving my teaching career as a deputy head. By the end of 2020 I will have completed 32 years employed in primary schools by Cumbria County Council, having also spent 1984 until 1988 at Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside on the recommendation of a…

Inspiration

This time of year, when the field out the back of our house is teeming with wildlife, inspiration to write poetry manifests itself in many forms. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of watching a queen wasp construct a nest from wood pulp chewed off the outside of Fiona’s shed; blackbirds, sparrows, bluetits and (gasp) bullfinches…

Simon Armitage … Magnetic Field Recordings #3

Hello World! Poet Laureate Simon Armitage gets out of his shed and reads Kitchen Window from his latest poetry collection Magnetic Field, in his weekly broadcasts from Marsden village … … when does a village become a town? #AskingForAFriend P.S. I miss the shed …

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…