The Poetry Guide

The Poetry Guide

In this slim volume is the lifetime’s experience and wisdom of Bernard and myself distilled from three decades of blood, sweat and fun in classrooms, school halls and libraries. The underlying message is that poetry is not there to be studied and dissected but...
Together Behind Four Walls

Together Behind Four Walls

I’m contributing a poem for inclusion in this anthology about you-know-what. It’s a parody of (or rather, a tribute to) Edward Thomas’s ‘Adlestrop’. You can find out more...
Finding the Foundry

Finding the Foundry

The day started ominously when we discovered that trains to Doncaster were cancelled because of flooding. Sylv had to drive me to Doncaster where I caught my train with 3 minutes to spare.  However, the rest of the day went well. In London I met Lily, the stonemason...
Not What You’d Expect

Not What You’d Expect

The fruit on many years happy sonnet writing.  As the intro says, “The sonnet is an ever popular verse form which has come to be associated – not surprisingly given Shakespeare’s contributions – with the poetry of love. In that case, this collection is,...
Poets at Folly Farm

Poets at Folly Farm

What’s the collective name for poets? An anthology of poets? A twitter of poets? We were all children’s poets, so that might make a difference. (The other males seem to have disappeared while this ‘rainbow’ picture was taken.)  We gathered at...
Charter for Trees, Woods and People – the sonnets

Charter for Trees, Woods and People – the sonnets

A number of people asked if I was going to publish the collection of tree sonnets from last year. Given that publishing is expensive to do and costly to post I thought the following was a reasonable compromise. All of the sonnets, together with their illustrations are...

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