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On meeting Brett Westwood

Visiting naturalist Brett Westwood, and walking with him round the block, in Stourbridge, West Midlands I had met Brett once before – when he had very kindly travelled up to Morville in Shropshire to listen to poetry and see some art in Morville Church, hosted by Katherine Swift, author of The Morville Hours: at the […]

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Writing on Spiders, from Brett Westwood

7/10/2015 DIADEMS AND DEW: GARDEN SPIDERS After a week of high pressure, this morning the garden is drenched in October rain and the full extent of the takeover is there to see, picked out in glistening droplets. Every bush is festooned with the sagging geometry of webs, stretched out of shape by their dewy burden, […]

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Podcast on spiders, by Brett Westwood

Welcome! Here is a podcast on Spiders: Brett Westwood tells us why we find spiders in the bath, as well as many fascinating facts about these eight-legged creatures – we hope you enjoy it Part of the Maligned Species project: a free online resource involving both ecologists and poets – the aim is to encourage poetry-writing on […]

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Introducing the Maligned Species team: Nadia Kingsley

Poet, Scientist, Artist, Writer, Nadia Kingsley Nadia Kingsley is a poet and short story writer, as well as being editor of Fair Acre Press. She is part of the poet/musician/astrophysicist team behind e-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g: the history of the Universe in 45 minutes performance. She is writing a poem a month for a herbal blog www.rootstohealth.co.uk and has […]

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Introducing the Maligned Species team: Tom Wentworth

Playwright, Writer, Radio producer Tom Wentworth. Tom Wentworth is a playwright. Recent theatre credits include: Heart of Hearts (Graeae Theatre Company’s Write To Play) and Windy Old Fossils (Pentabus.) He is also an audio producer including, It Takes Two To Lie (Afternoon Drama, BBC Radio 4) and is producing the Maligned Species podcast. As an […]

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Introducing the Maligned Species team: Liz Lefroy

Poet, Liz Lefroy.   Liz Lefroy won the 2011 Roy  Fisher Prize resulting in the publication of her first pamphlet, Pretending the Weather (Long Face Press).  Her sequence, The Gathering, was set to music by Brian Evans and premiered at the St Chad’s Music Festival, Shrewsbury in 2012.  Mending The Ordinary was published by Fair […]

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Introducing the Maligned Species team: Keith Chandler

Poet, Keith Chandler. Keith Chandler moved to Bridgnorth from Norfolk four years ago.  Since being selected for Ten English Poets (Carcanet) in 1977, his poetry has been published in four collections: Kett’s Rebellion (Carcanet, 1982), A Passing Trade (OUP, 1991), A Different Kind of Smoke (Redbeck, 2001) and The English Civil War Part 2 (Peterloo Poets, 2009).  […]

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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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