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If Your Memory Serves You Well...

Last night I had the pleasure and privilege of MCing the Gloucestershire finals of the Poetry by Heart competition. This is a national initiative set up by former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. 525 more words

Creative Writing

Another Biography, Another Opportunity

There seems to be no such thing as the definitive biography of an individual. However, any biographer describing a life, already treated numerous times, must establish what new information justifies yet another work. 1,660 more words

Poets are Rock Stars

I’m afraid I scared off the eminent poet Andrew Motion. Poor chap! I listened to his talk and was one of those lucky enough to have a short private chat with him during his book-signing, where, I am so certain, I looked like a wide-eyed, palpitating, high-on-something, groupie. 334 more words


Andrew Motion

To see in London how this
unvisited New Forest track
ends where the oak stands

is not to say I will ever share
its once and for ever switch… 26 more words


Philip Larkin (1922 - 1985)

Philip Larkin was born in England in 1922 and died in England in 1985.  He lived most of his life in England.

I really like Philip Larkin.  485 more words


the bigger picture

A short post this week. I’m celebrating an anniversary. A year ago today I sent off a selection of poems to The Plough Open Poetry competition, and while it didn’t change my life it certainly changed a significant chunk of it, and it changed the way I thought about it,  and about myself. 1,168 more words