Poetry

Tales of Woe and Wonder

A quick post to mention another T’Articulation event which I will be reading at. I have a four minute slot at their Tales of Woe and Wonder this evening, which is being held at the excellent Hunter Gatherer coffee in Southsea. As it starts in about 6 hours, I had better work out what I am going to perform! I’ve been reviewing the new work I was going to use, but have identified numerous tweaks…

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Photography Poetry

This City By the Sea and All That You Need

On Monday 18th February I interviewed Margaret Jennings at an event hosted by T’Articulation as part of this year’s Portsmouth Bookfest. The interview seemed to go down well (it was my first attempt at interviewing someone!), and I have subsequently found out that it was recorded and will be played on Portsmouth’s QA Hospital Radio sometime soon. I’ll post the link when it is available. The event, which happened at 113 Art House Coffee (which…

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Poetry

Snow Q – Reimagining the Snow Queen

Last week I was at a world premiere (not something I get to say very often!), held at the Square Tower in Portsmouth . Three Polish-connected artists, namely poet Maria Jastrzębska, fine artist Dagmara Rudkin and composer Peter Copley came together to collaborate on a project inspired by The Snow Queen story by Hans Christian Andersen. Held at the Square Tower, in conjunction with Tongues and Grooves, I thought it was excellent. I didn’t understand…

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Poetry

The Domestication of Ghosts

After yesterday’s rant about HS2 I thought it about time I added a new poem. This fits in quite nicely as a follow-on post, as it has an environmental theme to it. It also ties in with #FolkloreThursday , as was the case with my post last Thursday about Stinking Cleg, a Portsmouth ghost. This poem references many of the Black Dog myths of Britain, and one that is green ( the Cu-Sith or fairy…

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Random Ramblings

Back Then, All This Was Forest

So HS2 goes ahead. I can only weep in despair at the absurdity of it. When improvements to local services are desperately needed we end up spending £100bn + on a white elephant in order to shave 20 minutes off the train times from Birmingham to London. It’s much trumpeted environmental benefits will be cancelled out by the associated CO2 costs in construction. In addition any anticipated CO2 benefits will be further reduced due to…

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Poetry

Stinking Cleg

This post has been prompted by #FolkloreThursday on Twitter. I’ve long been fascinated by folklore, myth and local legend – growing up in the heart of Wessex and living in a city such as Portsmouth, these are topics that resonate and they are obviously great starting points for poetry. There are lots of urban legends, myths and ghost stories centred on this small island on the south coast of England, some of which I have…

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Poetry

On Inspiration; Philip Henry, Steve Knightley and the Meaning of Gobstoppers

Apart from Brexit and being off work for the tail end of the week – and missing today’s Pompey home game due to having a heavy cold, it’s been a good few days. On Wednesday I headlined at Chichester Poetry, which was great – a nice appreciative audience, and some excellent open mike poems from poets I was unaware of beforehand. I also had a poem accepted for the next edition of South Magazine the…

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