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Introducing the Maligned Species team: John Siddique

Poet, Writer, Authentic living leader, John Siddique. When John was a child, he immersed himself in books through his local library. Before becoming a writer he drifted through various jobs such as being a roadie, a pipe-welder, and landscape gardener. Four poetry collections later, John Siddique is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts […]

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Introducing the Maligned Species team: Jonathan Edwards

 Poet, 2014 Costa Poetry Prize Winner Jonathan Edwards Jonathan’s debut collection, (Seren), has won the Wales Book of The Year People’s Choice Award, been shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Poetry Collection Prize, with his poems winning the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, the Ledbury Festival International Poetry Competition, and the Basil Bunting Award. Jonathan Edwards […]

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Why Maligned Species?

Why are we running this project? Our editor, Nadia Kingsley noticed that, when she was editing our very first book Shropshire Butterflies – a poetic and artistic guide to the butterflies of Shropshire that there is an accepted general love for butterflies, and a general dislike for moths – some of which are far more […]

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A poem for Jeff Phelps

As Keith Chandler is not on facebook so I can’t nominate him to do this 5 day poem thing – I thought my fifth poem would be one of his… It is from his Fair Acre Press poetry pamphlet called “The Grandpa Years “. He is reading at Ludlow’s “The Poetry Lounge” on Tuesday 7th […]

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A poem for Anna Dreda

I love reading this one – in fact – I have a couple of readings coming up – one at The Poetry Lounge, Ludlow 7th July 7:30pm start at The Blue Boar, Mill St, Ludlow; and one at Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws on 9th July…. I think I will give it an airing ! It […]

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A poem for Alwyn Marriage

This poem was in an environmental anthology published by Offa’s Press. A great book, despite its name.. it’s called “We’re all in this together”   Salp Not an acronym not an imagined science fiction but a transparent tubular barrel salp lives in every sea One to ten centimetres long in swarms or as solo salp contracts […]

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A Poem for Emma Purshouse

Here is a poem I started as  William G shut the front door behind him, having stayed overnight with us in May 2014.This final draft I completed on New Years Day 2015. Tom W was staying with us too – but he got pushed out of the poem unfortunately ! John is of course really Gian […]

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A poem for Thirza Clout

A love story of sorts When Cupid struck his arrow hurt like hell; it tore my flesh and pierced right through my heart – but I was glad for you were there, and so when you proposed, I thought we’d never part. Some virgin snowdrops delicately sway upon the breeze that brings the early sun. […]

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