First Thoughts Returning We Hear the Larks

with SARA-JANE ARBURY, STEPHANIE BOXALL, ANN CULLIS, BELLA ELIOT, MARK ELIOT, BRIAN GOODSELL, DAWN GORMAN, CAROLINE HEATON, ANDREW LAWRENCE, MICHAEL LOVEDAY,  SUE SIMS, BETTY SUCHAR, HARRY THURSTON, SHIRLEY WRIGHT Ann Cullis printed 100 programme sheets for our Remembrance event on Monday night. There were only 12 left at the end.  And I’m not even certain […]

Building Kelston Barn

A chorus for eight voices Many thanks again to the 26 wonderful writers and visitors who created the magical afternoon at William Heath‘s Kelston Barn on Sunday 17th September. Their names appear below this performance poem which I compiled from their collaborative work. We are hoping to have news of the date for the performance […]

Saturday October 7th 2017

WALKING INTO WORDS A workshop for the Bathscape Project given on 17th September 2017 Have just finished and mailed out the group poem which grew from the marvellous writings done in Kelston Barn.  William Heath’s barn is the perfect writing space and had attracted such sensitive, receptive and adventurous writers that the afternoon could hardly […]

A Reading Party at the Troubadour

So when you have thanked Anne-Marie, how do you say ‘thank you’  and who else do you thank for such an amazing night of poetry, music and good company? Magical from the start because wonderful CLAIRE DYER ( new collection Interference Effects from Two Rivers launched five days ago ) came early, and brought me […]

Lucky Again at the Wonderful Troubadour

On Monday 17th October I have the good fortune to be reading again at the amazing Anne-Marie Fyfe’s evening of poetry at London’s iconic Troubadour. This will be my FOURTH (!!!) opportunity to share poems with the Troubadour’s fantastic audience.  My life as a poet has been milestoned by those appearances.  I have been remembering them […]

1916: A Requiem for the World

PLEASE JOIN US ON THURSDAY 10TH NOVEMBER Exactly a month now to the powerful and moving evening of songs, readings and archival photographs compiled over the past year by members of the Bath Poetry Cafe and the Walcot State Choir to commemorate the third year of the First World War – the war to end all […]

Day Fourteen: Judging Torbay

One of the great and abiding delights of ‘small’ poems is the discovery that we and a poet are making similar stumbling pathways through similarly problematic little worlds.  I am using the idea of a ‘small’ poem in the sense of unambitious in the scope of its chosen subject. Small is absolutely not pejorative, nor […]

Day Nine: Judging Torbay

I have spent the past three days on my second trawl through the Torbay submissions pile.  Three hundred and fifty poems survived the first read-through and found themselves in the generous fat folder  called ‘the possibles’.  Meaning that it was possible they would find themselves on the shortlist – if they were among the twenty […]