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I once knew a poem who wore a Hat reviews

REVIEWS It is stunning. I’d seen draft pages, but they didn’t prepare me for the impact of the colour and the pics and the poems – a real knockout. Hope it does well in schools – could bring them a little shaft of light amid the gloom. Paul Francis – Poet and Retired Teacher It […]

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Podcast on Poet John Siddique

  Welcome ! Here is a podcast of John Siddique   How would you write about – Derek Jarman’s garden, the four seasons in Haiku, or a moment on a bench by the river Thames? In conversation with Nadia Kingsley, John Siddique reads and discusses some of his poems, and how he writes.       […]

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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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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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Read John Siddique !

I’m probably the last to arrive at the John Siddique party…. He is described by The Spectator Magazine as “A Stellar Poet”. The Times of India describes him as “Rebellious by nature, pure at heart.” Jackie Kay describes his writing as “A brilliant, balancing act”. He has numerous awards, honours and fellowships. … thanks to Emma […]

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