A reading at The Albert, Huddersfield. Thursday the 8th of january

•January 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment



I’m one of the readers at this month’s Albert Poetry night in Huddersfield. I’ll be reading alongside Ross Kightly, Neil Clarkson and Tom Cleary. The reading starts at 8pm. Admission is free.

The Albert, Victoria Lane, Huddersfield, HD1 2QF.

Themes For Dreamers

•January 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Themes For Dreamers is a fortnightly show on Phoenix FM, Calderdale’s local radio station. The show is packed full of poets, poetry and music. You can listen to podcasts of recent shows by clicking on this link http://www.phoenixfm.co.uk/Podcasts_Themes_Dreamers

The Great Fogginzo’s Cobweb

•January 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

John  Foggin’s latest post on his rich web (blog) http://johnfoggin.wordpress.com/ features one of my poems, ‘The Light Bearer’.fireflyuntitled

‘Igniting The Spark’ creative writing workshops in Halifax

•January 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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‘Themes For Dreamers’ radio show on Phoenix FM

•January 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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‘Themes For Dreamers’ is a fortnightly show (sundays 4-6pm) on Phoenix FM (Calderdale’s community radio station) hosted by me, William Thirsk Gaskill and Dave Higginson and featuring a flavorsome blend of music, poetry and other literary things. Often we give away prizes; broken kettles, muses and poetry books. Often we press the wrong buttons or say the wrong things. Sometimes we have guests so if you’re interested in being on the show then please get in touch. You can listen to podcasts of the show by clicking HERE

‘The Ice Hotel': an adaptation of one of my poems by James Starkie

•January 30, 2013 • 1 Comment

Created as part of a collaboration between Bokeh Yeah! and Comma Press, based on a poem by Gaia Holmes

That toad poem (for all who were at my ITS session tonight or anyone who has an interest in toads)

•April 3, 2012 • 1 Comment

Toad dreams, By Marge Piercy
That afternoon the dream of the toads rang through the elms by Little River and affected the thoughts of men, though they were not conscious that they heard it.–Henry Thoreau

The dream of toads: we rarely
credit what we consider lesser
life with emotions big as ours,
but we are easily distracted,
abstracted. People sit nibbling
before television’s flicker watching
ghosts chase balls and each other
while the skunk is out risking grisly
death to cross the highway to mate;
while the fox scales the wire fence
where it knows the shotgun lurks
to taste the sweet blood of a hen.
Birds are greedy little bombs
bursting to give voice to appetite.
I had a cat who died of love.
Dogs trail their masters across con-
tinents. We are far too busy
to be starkly simple in passion.
We will never dream the intense
wet spring lust of the toads.


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