Two weeks to lift-off

It is now two weeks until the official launch of The Dirigible Balloon. The idea of an online publication featuring the best poetry for children from both established and new poets has moved on and is becoming a reality. We have twelve poets contributing over thirty poems altogether for the inaugural issue … but perhaps…

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…

Wings On Windermere

In the year since the pandemic hit the headlines and the world altered forever, we have all had to adapt. Face masks, social distancing, frequent basic hand sanitation routines, lockdowns, furloughs, Zoom meetings, government road maps, mass vaccinations etc. have become familiar on the landscape of daily life. One aspect which affected my teaching more…

The Tripe Hound Of Little Ormstonmere

So pleased that the Yorkshire Times are going to give some of my dafter poems a regular weekly airing as Doggerel for the Discerning starting with the classic Tripe Hound of Little Ormstonmere … #TripePoetry The Tripe Hound Of Little Ormstonmere Amongst the dark foreboding hills of ancient Lancashire,the eerie howls rolled down the moors…

Countdown To The Kendal Poetry Festival …

I miss going to live poetry events: meeting friends, visiting the bookstalls, the bustle for perfect seats, listening to poets you admire while nursing a glass of wine (beer, coffee, hot chocolate etc.) and being inspired to try and improve your own stuff at the end of it all … So, in these times of…

Yorkshire Times Article: Goole Revisited

As a child in the sixties, I lived and played down Jefferson Street in the Port of Goole. Home was handily placed for an unpaid job as ball boy with the town’s football team at The Pleasure Grounds. We could hear the busy railway lines that ran from Kingston Upon Hull to Doncaster (the same…

November 1st 2020 … déjà vu, all over again

Borrowing the above phrase made famous by professional baseball player and undoubted sage Lawrence Peter ‘Yogi’ Berra, we do seem to have been here before. Back in March 2020, when news of the first coronavirus lockdown was sinking in and the UK came to a shuddering halt, I had been deep in preparations for an…

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…