After Bird in Hand was published on the Football Poets website, it got a mention on an article on the Write Out Loud website. Which was nice. The article is primarily about Torquay United’s poet in resident. I wonder if Pompey have one? Perhaps I should offer my services…you can read all about the Bard of Plainmoor here
There’s a link in the article to a recording of me reading Followers, plus three other poems at the Write Out Loud Woking’s monthly zoom open mic – I wasn’t aware it was going to be shown on Youtube – I might have had a shave beforehand otherwise! Not the best readings I’ve ever given, still struggling a bit with technology, but anyway, they are available to view if you have a spare 5 minutes and nothing better to do…I know we’re in lockdown, but still…
Six viewings so far – including one by me, so whoever you are, thank you!
There’s a second Write Out Loud Woking article specifically about the Football Poets website which is definitely worth a read – it’s an interview with one of the founders and covers a brief history of a website that is now archived by the British Library as a site of excellence in 2008. It’s the largest football poetry website in the world. You can read the article here.
The football poets website is at
New poems there every day – so it’s always worth a look if football and poetry are of interest – I notice that the most recent poem is by Greg Freeman (of Write out Loud Woking, and the author of both the articles referenced in this post) – The Battle of Hastings, as Summarised by Roy Keane – I shall enjoy reading that one later!
Right, back to the day job!
…a quick further update – I have just heard that Bird in Hand has been accepted for the next edition of West Wilts Radio’s poetry programme. It will be going out at 4 PM on Sunday, 28th February. Link to the programme and previous episodes here;