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Third Imprint of Haggards

A very short post today, just to say that I have new copies of Haggards, in its third imprint, if anyone would like a signed copy. I don’t charge for posting and packaging within the UK, but please email to ask about the cost of sending it further afield. You can also get it from…
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June 20, 2019 0

Change Gonna Come

These crocuses have burst out over the last weekend, and the birds are chasing each other over the garden. There is more birdsong every day, and I had washing on the line yesterday. So clearly, there are changes afoot. The first is that I submitted the manuscript of The Well of the Moon yesterday, and…
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February 23, 2021 0

Poetry As Conversation

Back in 2017 I wrote a piece called Speaking Beings, about the film, Paterson, in which I talked about the social, conversational nature of poetry. Since lockdown, this has been hard to achieve, except on-line, and I have clearly missed it. No readings, little writing, even less conversation, and very few submissions – most of…
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February 10, 2021 0

Lockdown Birthday

Everyone else has had to deal with the phenomenon of birthdays under lockdown conditions, and I was no exception. I was lucky in that my family had got their heads around the situation by now, and we had an amazing and very beautifully presented afternoon tea delivered by the excellent local firm Molly and Flo.…
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February 1, 2021 0

The Well of the Moon

This was taken at New Grange, looking over the Boyne Valley, where Finn got his wisdom. The famous story, which you’ll find referred to on the poetry page is about cooking the salmon of wisdom and is all about how destiny will get the good stuff to the right person, but there is another story,…
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January 14, 2021 0

Mixed Messages

We do have snow today, a mere icing sugar sift over the garden, already melting and inclined to slush. More is forecast tonight, and temperatures will drop to -5 (Centigrade – if you are in the US, this is a relatively balmy 25 degrees, but it’s increasingly rare here).


January 7, 2021 0

Thank You and Goodbye 2020

Well, almost gone. But although it had its tough moments, it wasn’t all bad. So I would like to thank 2020 for StAnza which was lovely – already changed and foreshadowing what was to come, it was full of friendships and inspiration that kept me going for all those months social media. I haven’t seen…
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December 31, 2020 6

Christmas Greetings

Christmas GiftsI was five, and on the naughty list,No doll for me then! Wouldn’t you thinkI ‘d stay out of trouble for that one day?Clearly not – perhaps next year.Meanwhile the decorations would be up,The crib and tree, and the room would smellOf tangerines and fir and the strange smokeOf my father’s once a year…
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December 24, 2020 0

When Skies Are Dark

I’m watching this today https://www.gov.ie/en/news/eea6b-winter-solstice-at-newgrange-2020/# It isn’t going well, as it’s raining, but there’s a link to yesterday’s experience, and they’ll be trying again tomorrow. The neolithic chamber at New Grange is patterned on the constellation Cygnus, which was in a slightly different place in the sky then, and when I read this, I was…
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December 21, 2020 0

Las Posadas

Las Posadas is a Mexican tradition, commemorating the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, asking for lodgings being refused, and at last, finding a space. It is usually a street party with lights, food, piñatas and a dialogue song between Joseph and the innkeeper. I don’t suppose many street parties will be happening anywhere…
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December 16, 2020 0

Make It New

This is the desk on which I wrote my Masters dissertation more than thirty years ago. I had a friend with a word processor who typed it up for me – that’s how much things have changed. I had very poor typing skills and no computer skills at all, and honestly thought that computers would…
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