Review … Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds by Charlie Bown Published in Chasing Clouds … Adventures in a Poetry Balloon (The Dirigible Balloon and Yorkshire Times Publishing 2022) Illustration by Em Humble Teacher says,Get your head out,Right out,Out of the clouds. Nothing good can comeFrom having a headStuck in the clouds,He says. Before I take my headOut of…

Book Review … Steve Whitaker takes a look at Chasing Clouds

Chasing Clouds … Adventures in a Poetry Balloon, published late in November, has just received its first review from that knowledgeable chap and all-round lovely human, Steve Whitaker of the Yorkshire Times. The link to the full review is here and, needless to say, I am incredibly pleased with Mr Whitaker’s perceptive and lyrical take…

Yorkshire Times Review: What is a Bong Tree? by Michael Rosen

Book Review by Jonathan Humble‘What is a Bong Tree?’ by Michael Rosen (edited by John Richmond)Published by Michael Rosen (February 2022)ISBN 978-1-9999238-6-0 Sometimes, post arrives that lightens the day and puts a spring in your step. ‘What is a Bong Tree?’ a selection of articles and talks by Michael Rosen over several decades, had that…

March Update … the musings of an ex-deputy head teacher

As a teacher who graduated in the 80s, having studied at Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside where a child-centred pedagogy was developed and practised, I spent the early part of my career coping with the imposition of Kenneth Baker’s ‘National Curriculum’. At a meeting with student teachers in late 1987, a junior minister from Margaret…

Artist as Poet …

A book review: Quest for Ions by BrowzanPublished by Poiesis Publishers July 2021ISBN 978-1-5272-9638-1 RRP £15.00 Christopher Brown (aka Browzan), visual artist, filmmaker and poet, has published his first collection of poems Quest for Ions (artwork designed by Russian born, Berlin-based visual artist Olya Dyer). Auto-biographical in nature and written over a decade, the collection…

Will Purdom … agitator, plant-hunter, forester

Will Purdom … agitator, plant-hunter, foresterA review of Francois Gordon’s book by Jonathan Humble It was a hefty thud at the front door that alerted me to the arrival of the post and Francois Gordon’s impressive biography of Edwardian plantsman and social activist Will Purdom.It is a lovely and substantial book to hold. I had…

To Infinity … KPF 2021 Zooms into the Future

Kendal Poetry Festival 2021 … Poetry For Everyone: a review So I was organising my hot chocolate, arranging with the family my sole and undisputed access to our comfiest armchair, practising my skills on Zoom and looking through the programme on the Kendal Poetry Festival website, when an e-mail pinged into the virtual letterbox from…

December Update

I have recently written two poems. I am very pleased with both. One is a poem for children and the other is not. Both have been entered in competitions (see an earlier blog entry about competitive poetry). To me this feels significant because they are my first creative efforts since leaving school and retiring from…

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!…

Book Review: Impermanence by Colin Bancroft

In the doctrines of Buddhism we are told that existence is transient and unpredictable. In the cycle of life nothing lasts, everything decays and because of this impermanence, attachments to things can cause suffering; which is a bit of a shame really, because Colin Bancroft’s collection of poems is a thing of loveliness and I’d…

Fledge Reviewed #4

Soooo happy with this lovely review from Write Out Loud on the publication of Fledge. Thank you Greg Freeman. 🙂 Link to the review on the Write Out Loud site >>> CLICK   Greg Freeman’s review …   Fledge: Jonathan Humble, Maytree Press by Greg Freeman Friday 31st July 2020 12:00 am Jonathan Humble lives in…

Fledge Reviewed #3

I am very grateful to Ali Thurm for taking the time to review Fledge. I couldn’t have asked for a more incisive and empathetic response to the poems. Visit Ali’s review here on her site where she writes updates on her novels (One Scheme Of Happiness, published Feb 2020 by Retreat West Books and The…