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…

#WorldCurlewDay #NotACurlew

Waking early yesterday morning (6 a.m.), I opened the window to hear a curlew (honestly, no word of a lie). Then I went to the RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss with Mrs H. where Jim the robin (see below) said hello. ‘Twas a wonderful way to start World Curlew Day, which ended at The Waterside…

Quick August Update

Over half way through the summer break and not nearly enough poetry stuff attempted. The new work includes the short story mentioned earlier and an entry into the BBC Proms Poetry Competition run in association with The Poetry Society (for which I have renewed my membership and gained a shiny Poetry Society card which is…

On The Road To Samaria

Published in Ink Sweat & Tears (June 2018) On The Road To Samaria In these shoes, I negotiate life in the third person; toes swathed in top quality calfskin, safe from random shit and shards, where neither grass nor paved path can sully these soft arches and soles. I wear these suits; an actor avoiding…

Poetry As Therapy

Primary school league tables, standard assessment testing of young children, enforced moderation sessions and the inequities of OfStEd inspections seem to be causing me much aggravation of late (as I sit with thirty reports to write on this fine and sunny Saturday evening). And so, by means of a therapeutic poetry pressure relieving valve, here…

Curlew 2 (son of curlew) …

I am involved in this RSPB event today (May 19th). I have the honour of reading Karen Izod’s poem Saltmarsh, Blakeney, which describes quite beautifully part of Blakeney National Nature Reserve in Norfolk where the coast is managed for breeding waders and over-wintering wildfowl. Karen’s poem contrasts nicely with my own frenetic first encounter with…

KabAreT@Kittchen

Next Saturday, at Luke and Em’s excellent establishment in Hawkshead (near Ambleside in the Lake District), Speak!Easy kicks off with yours truly. Today, Fiona and I thought we’d do a recce and try out the Kittchen fare along with Bruce&Luke’s coffee. We decided to go early by ferry (as it was a bank holiday weekend)…

What’s Kooking in the Kittchen?

On May 1st, my friends Luke and Em will be opening their new arts centre & licenced cafe in Hawkshead which is in the heart of the Lake District. Their idea is to specialise in the very best Cumbria has to offer, from home-grown entertainment to locally produced food (website under development). They’ve put a lot of…

Spoken Word #News

I love doing spoken word and open-mic readings. As far as poetry is concerned, I am a show-off and if there’s an audience, it doesn’t take much to persuade me to get up and declaim the tale of the Reckless Rhubarb, Fred the Fringe or push the cause of curlew in poetic form. In Kendal,…