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Pompey Programme

I’ve been neglecting this blog again haven’t I. Will try and post something more substantial soon, but in the meantime, here is my latest contribution to the Pompey match day programme, from the game against Exteer in midweek. We have a guest appearing in today’s programme, and Chris (the other writer involved in this project will have a poem in the following home league programme, with my next copy being in the match following –…

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3 Days To Go…

Looking forward to Saturday, and the first game of the season at Pompey.  One of my poems, heavily edited, has been turned into a film which will be shown at the start of the first game of the season at Fratton Park. Which is nice. It won’t be in that particular match day programme, but I’m planning on having the original version in the next one (and no doubt I’ll share it here anyway, whether…

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Writer in Residence – Portsmouth FC

Well It’s official now. I’m one of two writers in residence for Pompey’s 125 anniversary celebrations. You can read more via the link – it’s the same article that is appearing in the programme tomorrow. Lots more to follow, but having been at a work conference last week I have some day job recruitment planning to do this Saturday. I’m not making a living from poetry unfortunately!https://twitter.com/Pompey/status/1654561609304375298

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A World Still Ours

From the Guardian this morning… Australia‚Äôs former finance minister Mathias Cormann has won a hard-fought election to become the new chief of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), despite grave concerns voiced by environmental groups over his record on climate change. Outside the wind is howling. The washing line would sing if it were taut enough to vibrate a note. This is just weather, of course, not climate. But is anyone listening anyway? Should…

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The Poetry Place

A brief post to share the link to the February edition of the Poetry Place on West Wilts Radio, on which I read Bird in Hand, amongst 10 other poets. https://westwiltsradio.com/shows/the-poetry-place-14-28-02-21/ It’s worth a listen – not so much for my poem, as for the other poets. There’s a really nice range of voices this month.

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Football Poets

Just a quick post to mention that my poem Bird in Hand is the featured poem on the Football Poets website today. I’ve posted a couple of other football related poems there as well. If you pop over to the site you’ll see loads of other football poetry alongside my three efforts. There are new poems being posted on a daily basis. This is one of the great things about poetry – there are poems…

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A Sea of Blue

In other circumstances I would be at Wembley today, along with another 50,000+ Portsmouth FC fans, for the final of the Leasing.com Trophy. Blue skies, a beautiful spring day, the stuff of memories (or nightmares depending on the result!). A real shame – though the stadium’s empty silence today is of course of minor consequence compared to what else is happening in the UK and around the world right now. I’ve been lucky though. If…

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The Light of This Place

I’ve had a few computer issues hence no post here for a while. This particular post, and poem, is prompted by a tweet today by Portsmouth FC, with the title my first Pompey memory is….. It reminded me of a poem I posted on the Places of Poetry website, entitled Followers. The poem uses Anadisplosis, a poetic and rhetorical form where the end of the last line is repeated as the start of the next.…

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