Monthly Archives: May 2010

Climb every mountain


or as it is at home at the moment anything my two-year-old can get a grip on.  He’s even been trying to climb vertical surfaces in the pursuit of food, well that must be a bit of the male hunter-gatherer in him, either that or he’s decided the kitchen cupboards are a practice run for the North Face of the Eiger.  Who knows? Either way the eyes in the back of my head are propped widely open just in case.

Poetry-wise a great book has been recommended for children by Chris Hamilton-Emery of Salt, it’s by Phillip Gross and the Amazon link is :

I’ve placed an order and can’t wait to tuck in.

Venga la Fiesta!


A busy couple of weeks!  There’s some exciting news of Worcester aiming to have it’s own Literature Festival from 2011.  The website is : and there is a public meeting at AiR Artists in Residence Bar on Thursday, 3rd June from 7.30pm.  If you’re interested in taking part please come along.  There was a good write-up in The Worcester Standard tonight:

Poetry Matters


It’s been a hectic week what with elections with a predictable short-term result, what happens next is still up for discussion.

Prior to that, poetry’s been up and running with a fantastic Evening of Poetry at The Stay Free Gallery in Stourport on Severn with another event planned soon. There’s also a Word and Sound Event at Worcester Arts Workshop on Friday 11th June from 7.30pm.  Finally fellow poet Sarah James and I will both be reading from our first collections, (Into the Yell – Sarah & Petrolhead – myself) on Wednesday 18th August at The Farriers Arms, Fish Street, Worcester.  The event is part of The Worcester Festival 2010 and is a free entry event but with donations requested to raise money for The Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign:

If you’re about please come along and help us raise funds and awareness for a worth-while cause.