The Art of Reading

I did a reading last night at Read to Write in South Yorkshire via Zoom and one of the audience, Richard Schramm, drew a picture of me. I do love a drawing over photos, it catches the energy of the reading. I know Zoom events can be hard going but for me, as a disabled…

World Poetry Day

My commission, ‘I have become the Green Man’, for World Poetry Day is now up here. I would like to thank Manchester City of Literature and Manchester Poetry Library for commissioning me during a challenging time.

Publicity for New Commission

Some recent publicty from the Manchester City of Literature and Manchester Poetry Library commission to celebrate UNESCO’s World Poetry Day with a poetry film to be broadcast on Sunday 21st March 2021. I have been commissioned beside Ali Al-Jamri, Dom Conlon, Imtiaz Dharker and Roma Havers and other poets from fellow UNESCO Cities of Literature….

New Commission

I am proud to announce that I have been commissioned by Manchester City of Literature and Manchester Poetry Library to celebrate UNESCO’s World Poetry Day with a poetry film to be broadcast on Sunday 21st March 2021. I have been commissioned beside Ali Al-Jamri, Dom Conlon, Imtiaz Dharker and Roma Havers and other poets from…

Where The Hell Have You Been?

Okay, you have the right to ask that. I mean I did tell you all at the start of 2020 I would blog more but then 2020 unfolded in all its magnificent and sphincter tightening glory. The world is not the world we came to in early 2020 and there is a growing fear with…

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