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Celebrating Mersey Sound....all part of 50 Summers of Love

​2017 sees the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Mersey Sound, one of the biggest selling poetry books of all time. Not only that, it’s widely credited with seeding the rise of Performance Poetry and Spoken Word and, as one critic put it, ‘wrestling poetry out of the hands of the academics, and taking it into pubs, clubs and the lives of everyday people’. 1,274 more words

'The Tree and the Pool' - a poem by Brian Patten, read by Lis Goodwin

Well, I think I’m catching up with the major hiatus of the last couple of weeks (is it a month? Tsk!). I hope you enjoy this video, there are more to come, hopefully next week! 28 more words

One Another's Light

I am a fan of the work of Brian Patten. There are so many poems of his that I like that they must each take their turn to be my current favourite.   109 more words


Flags, English Grammar and Brian Patten

Truro’s flags were flapping and fluttering in the breeze this afternoon.

A good friend sent me this cartoon knowing how much I would appreciate it, having spent my career as an English teacher. 157 more words


A Blade of Grass

You ask for a poem.
I offer you a blade of grass.
You say it is not good enough.
You ask for a poem.

I say this blade of grass will do. 108 more words

#ThrowbackThursday - Favourite Poem from Childhood: You Can't Be That by Brian Patten

You Can’t Be That
by Brian Patten

I told them
When I grow up
I’m not going to be a scientist
Or someone who reads the news on TV… 220 more words


Monster mum

Beowulf for dyslexic readers. And for me. I’m not saying I couldn’t read the ‘normal’ Beowulf, but the fact remains I’ve never felt the urge to give him a go. 167 more words