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WHAT POETRY/POET AND/OR COLLECTION IS YOUR INSPIRATION?

This was a question I was recently asked to answer – on behalf of Wenlock Poetry Festival and their search for the second ever Shropshire Young Poet Laureate. It was one of several questions. The answers that I and other poetry lovers gave can be found on http://www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org/laureate/ Unfortunately I got somewhat carried away –  there wasn’t […]

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WHAT POETRY/POET AND/OR COLLECTION IS YOUR INSPIRATION?

This was a question I was recently asked to answer – on behalf of Wenlock Poetry Festival and their search for the second ever Shropshire Young Poet Laureate. It was one of several questions. The answers that I and other poetry lovers gave can be found on http://www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org/laureate/ Unfortunately I got somewhat carried away –  there wasn’t […]

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WHAT POETRY/POET AND/OR COLLECTION IS YOUR INSPIRATION?

This was a question I was recently asked to answer – on behalf of Wenlock Poetry Festival and their search for the second ever Shropshire Young Poet Laureate. It was one of several questions. The answers that I and other poetry lovers gave can be found on http://www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org/laureate/ Unfortunately I got somewhat carried away –  there wasn’t […]

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WHAT POETRY/POET AND/OR COLLECTION IS YOUR INSPIRATION?

This was a question I was recently asked to answer – on behalf of Wenlock Poetry Festival and their search for the second ever Shropshire Young Poet Laureate. It was one of several questions. The answers that I and other poetry lovers gave can be found on http://www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org/laureate/ Unfortunately I got somewhat carried away –  there […]

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David Calcutt talks about one of his poems

 Before Dawn by David Calcutt I was lying awake In a darkness so utter and complete I could feel it brushing against my skin A no-place, where end and beginning Had little meaning A labyrinth without minotaur or thread. Some sound had awoken me. Was it my wife’s slow breathing Or the far-off bark of […]

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Astronaut lands in Oswestry

Commander Chris Hadfield – the first Canadian to embark on a Space Walk Commander Chris Hadfield – the you tube phenomenon (sang a version of David Bowie’s “A Space Odyssey” on his guitar, while orbiting the Earth, in the International Space Station) Commander Chris Hadfield – the author of “An astronaut’s guide to Life on […]

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Next Generation Poets in Birmingham !

Gregory Leadbetter and Jonathan Davidson are two poets whose work I love and go back to again and again. They are also champions of poetry – and on Tuesday night this week – because of their passion and organisational skills – I was able to see two of the Next Generation Poets…   I was […]

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Through the Woods at Ted Hughes Festival

Thank you Anna Turner, for booking Through the Woods – with David Calcutt   and Nadia Kingsley and Helen Calcutt – at this year’s Ted Hughes festival !!     What a wonderful experience ! The Poetry Cafe at Erringden Rooms in Mytholmroyd is perfect for poetry  – great light, great acoustics, a relaxed intimate […]

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The Universe and everything

I had never applied for Grants for the Arts funding, from the Arts Council England – until a year ago. I had a crazy idea – and thanks to them, it is now a 45 minute performance – It’s called e-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g: The History of the Universe in 45 minutes. It involves an astrophysicist, two poets […]

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Writing West Midlands and their Writer Networking sessions around the region rock !!

Yesterday I went along to Wellington Library for a free Writer Networking session run by Writing West Midlands. For no money whatsoever I was given two wonderful hours of talks, questions and answers, and chances to chat one to one with the two speakers, and with our host, Jonathan Davidson Go to :   http://www.writingwestmidlands.org/events/ The […]

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