Zooming to Woking

A quick post this morning with a link to a recording of a poetry open mic that I read at last week – this was at the always excellent Write Out Loud Woking, which happens on the last Thursday of each month. I read four poems in total – it was supposed to be 5 minutes maximum, and with my waffle between poems I went over – having run open-mic events in the days before zoom I know how annoying this can be from the hosts’ perspective!

First up – The King of Stationery, Stage Diving at the Cathedral of Song and At Full Time

And separately, as I think it might get a bit more traction with the government’s oh-so generous NHS pay rise yesterday, is my poem Pieces, which I shared last week.

I only have one other Pompey shirt left to wear at a Woking reading…guess it will be Bird in Hand with my 1939 FA Cup final replica shirt, assuming I’m invited back!

Anyway, if you are looking for a friendly open-mic event to go to, you could do a lot worse than Write Out Loud, Woking. Make contact, book yourself a slot.

Football Poets Part 2

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;


Write Out Loud Beyond the Storm Competition

Second post today – this time to flag the deadline for Write Out Loud’s current poetry competition (which is today). The competition, which is free to enter , is looking for entries on the theme of the Covid-19 crisis. Donations are requested for the NHS Charities appeal should you decide to enter.

The competition can be found at www.writeoutloud.net/beyondthestorm

Landings – Fourth Review

The fourth, and as I write, last but one, review of Landings, was by Greg Freeman for the Write Out Loud website. Greg finished the review with the following summary;  yes, this is a collection about trains, and boats, and stadiums, and even stationery. But Richard Williams is capable of looking much further and often does; he has his eye beyond the shore of his “city by the sea”, gazing out to the horizon.

You can read the review here: https://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=91579

Write Out Loud is an excellent resource for articles, competition listings and plenty of poetry collection reviews – have a trawl here: https://www.writeoutloud.net/