I have been writing poetry for nearly half a century and it still strikes me as an odd business. A poem may take just minutes or several years to complete and there's no knowing until it's done. Some poems are born of happiness or beauty, others from moments of introspection or grief. They may arrive fully formed with time to write them or, something unexpected happens and I scramble to record it. For this reason, I always carry a notebook and pencil to jot down ideas. In time the jottings may become poems revealing something to or about me. I think of them as seeds, messages to the future made in the moment


Many of my poems deal with issues of nature and the environment. They have been likened to John Clare's work which I take as a huge compliment. In recent years I have writen more in the form of haiku, tanka and similar short-form poetry to capture the moment and provide food for thought,


Latterly I have been involved in performing/reciting poems with music at small festivals, open-mic evenings and at public events including Remembrance Sunday. This has spurred me on to consider publishing my work to date and in the future. I am delighted to say that I have now release a first collection of haiku and short poems. 365 - a book of days covers the highs and lows of an entire year providing the reader with an opportunity to pause, reflect and relax for a few moments.


Following the success of 365 - a book of days I am pleased to say that Small Poems is now complete and available as lovely little print book direct from me (please use the contact form in this website to order one or DM me on Twitter). Alternatively it is available as a Kindle print replica on Amazon. As the title suggests it is a collection of small poems, thoughts and haiku about town, country and things in between.


This is a link to my Author Page on Amazon (UK)  where you can preview and purchase my books

 

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Haiku and short poems written each day 'in the moment' to capture the year. They are a daily response to nature, landscapes, people and events in 2019. It was aneventful year featuring 10ins of snow on the night we were supposed to be hosting a music event for 100 people, a heart-attack whilst on summer-holiday and the subsequent fall-out from months or recouperation. On the bright side, I had more time to walk and watch the natural world around me!

Dust and Dreams

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This follows the same format of haiku and short poems and longer poems.The poems generally cover the years 2015 - 2019.

To be published mid-2020 


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GIven the speed at which we live our lives it is easy to miss the little things that matter. Here is a  book of short poems and haiku about the world we sometimes miss or ignore. Poems about town and country, commute and country walks providing a moment to pause for breath.


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I co-edited (and contributed to) this excellent collection of poems about the destructive impact of the C19 Virus on the hard-pressed world of legal-aid lawyers. Many are on the brink of bankruptcy and/or breakdown due to decades of cutbacks. Despite this they still find time to smile and make others smile. All proceeds will go to the Law Centres Network, a charity that provides advice to people who cannot afford to pay for a lawyer. This is an area decimated by cuts so every sale is a bonus to the charity and its clients.

Published on 2 June 2020 by Legal Action Group but is available to Order HERE

It is also availabe on on Amazon HERE

Work in Progress

 

Conversations with a Blackbird

Small Poems 2 - fables and poems about birds in the garden and elsewhere to help reconnect with nature and one who sings for the joy of it


By the Sea

This will be Small Poems No.3


Christmas

Small Poems No.4 - the Christmas story and beyond in haiku and small poems


Natural Music

Continuing the theme of haiku and longer poems.


Mind the Gap

A collection of short humourous comments on commuting and the antics of commuters (including me).


Cathedrals

A long-term project with poems and haiku inspired by visits to cathderals and abbeys in the UK.






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This collection of poems spans many years or writing from around 1975 to 2015. It is divided into three parts: The Mayfly consists of short poems and haiku reflecting places, people and events. The Hare and The Fox contain longer poems with lighter and darker themes respectively. Many of the poems are inspired by nature, the natural world and our place in it.

To be published shortly in Spring 2020.


Music & Poetry

Over the years I have played flute, tabla, banjo and tenor guitar. I also write songs and sing sea-shanties.

 

In recent years I have been co-performing poetry with music featuring longer poems with accompaniment on guitar or piano. I am currently looking at recording a CD of performances with two or three musicians.


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After careful conideration of current events the 2020 festival has been postponed until October 2021. The festival is a live 'in person' experience with poets, performers and public all together. Given the current pandemic we cannot guarantee public safety and, since this is paramount we have taken the decision to hold the festival next year. We are looking at online options in the meantime  so please keep checking the WPF website.