Lincoln Review

Great to be included in the first edition of the Lincoln Review with some fabulous poets and writers. You can see the full issue here.

Write or Become a Ghost

The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself. – Wallace Stevens. What if that changes? Where then do we find the beauty? In a world where we out consume what should be consumed and in which we reproduce in a way that is unsustainable maybe James Lovelock is right. Maybe…

Ms Burns and The Greeks

School in the days before GCSE and after O Level was a no man’s land of learning. Back then teachers had been thrown from the streaming nature of O Level and CSE into the what was referred to in whispers in the staff room as the General Collapse of Secondary Education (GCSE). As bad science…

New Publication: Refugees Welcome from Eyewear Publishing

Last year, Todd Swift, put the call out after the first shocking images of the Syrian refugee crisis hit the media. These heartbreaking images where at first demonized by the British press and politicians alike, who referred to the refugees as ‘swarms’. This sad state of affairs spurred Eyewear Publishing into asking a number of…

Poetics: Ian Parks

The Wheel The pithead used to dominate the town. My dead forefathers came and went, were buried in the shadow cast by it. I passed it on my way to school, heard its revolutions in the night. If the pit head was the place’s heart the great wheel was its soul. And then there was…

Next Generation Poets

I have watched with interest and unease the growing bile bucket that is slopping over the internet. What could be causing such vitriol on social media? Poetry. To be specific it’s the Next Generation Poets list. The twenty poets who are the next best thing for poetry. The arguments on social media are like the…

Review: Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s THE JUNO CHARM

I’ve reviewed a wonderful collection by Nuala Ní Chonchúir called THE JUNO CHARM for Todd Swift’s Eyewear Blog at http://toddswift.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/guest-review-oldham-on-ni-chonchuir.html

Chalk Trace

I was recently approached to voice the wonderful film that appeared on Channel 4 today as part of Random Acts, produced by Film London and made by Esther Johnson of Blanche Pictures. Chalk Trace As a child in the 1950s, Ron Cockroft drew a chalk line from his school in Oldham to his home in Chadderton….

TS Eliot Prize Reading: Draycott, Duhig, Hadfield & Khan

Oldham Library 19th September, 2013: TS Eliot Prize The evening weather was not an awe-inspiring start to a poetry event but thankfully the performance space at Oldham Library made up for the poor weather. There is a feel of the old library lecture theatre about this venue; a hidden jewel in Oldham. This is certainly something…

Larry Eigner: Poem

Larry Eigner, a poet with severe cerebral palsy, reads a poem. From The United States of Poetry episode “The Word.” Copyright Washington Square Arts, 1995.

Versions of the North

The North is rising again, culturally, artistically and politically. As the country turned to London in the twentieth century there is a growing feeling that regionalism is the way forward in the twenty-first century. There is gossip again of the North/South divide, the North now has the BBC, a Media City and a growing dissent…