Monthly Archives: June 2010

Can we fix it?


It’s been a wonderfully busy few days, lots of ideas are moving backwards and forwards for the forthcoming Worcester Festival of Literature –, it’s very exciting and I’m looking forward to 2011.

Last night I read at the Phonic Room at The Boston Tea Party, Broad Street, Worcester.  It was a great venue and full with wonderful Worcestershire talent.  The next Phonic Room is on Thursday 22nd July, so if you can, please go and enjoy the talent.

On the home front, Bob the Builder has suffered an industrial injury.  He had a rather energetic free-fall from my son’s bed this afternoon and lost a foot.  He was assisted by my son who was probably curious to know whether his dad could fix it – yes he can – sort of, thanks to superglue, lets just hope it holds.

The longest day


It always seems to take ages to reach this time of year but then it’s gone and the nights start drawing in.  I was up early this morning to watch the sun from Ankerdine Hill, manged to take a few pictures even though the camera wasn’t quite awake itself at times.  A few sheep were interested, briefly, before they realised it wasn’t feeding time.  Hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Top of the year


I love this time of year, it always seems to be a long time coming and then over before you know it.  The lighter nights are perfect for walking and gleaning inspirations, and that unique feel of long British twlights.

It’s been a busy time what with promoting PH, readings and getting very excited at next year’s first Worcester Literature Festival, my mind has been going into overdrive with ideas and then some.

I had a fantastic evening with friends last Friday, 11th June at Worcester Arts Workshop’s second Word & Sound, Sarah James was reading from her forthcoming first collection Into the Yell, which is out 10th July.  Prior to that Sarah and I called in at the Farrier’s Arms in Fish Street to say hello and drop off some posters for our Charity Poetry Reading and Open Mic in aid of Worcester Breast Unit on 18th August.  We also had a few publicity shots taken outside.

There’s also another reading coming up on Thursday 24th June, The Phonic Room have an event from 7.00pm at Boston Tea Party, in Broad Street, Worcester.  Entry is a bargain £1

A draining few days…


It’s been a busy week and a bit.  I attended the first Worcester Literature Festival Meeting at the fantastic AiR (Artists in Residence) Bar on Thursday 3rd June, where festival organisers and directors Lisa and Sarah introduced themselves and asked for ideas and suggestions from everyone attending.  Some amazing ideas were generated and plans made for what will be a fantastic festival.

However on arriving home I found my O/H hosing down the drive aided and abetted by the adjoining neighbours, one armed with a bottle of Jeyes fluid, (he said his mother swore by it).  Turns out the drains were getting close to overflowing so some evasive action had to be taken. Of course I was gutted to have missed all the fun.

Back to the festival and the dates have been provisionally set for June 17th-27th 2010 which is exciting news!  The next meeting will be on Thursday 15th July 6.30-7.00 again at the AiR Bar, Broad Street Worcester where ideas will be more formally discused and plans made.

Spring Bank Holiday


Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.  Another new month.

It’s been a busy long weekend, lots of family time but I also managed to fit in some work, the creative mind never switches off properly.  I’ve been working on a poetry proposal for a new event and also working on upcoming poetry workshops scheduled to take place in June and July.

An update on our Charity Poetry Reading and Open Mic event on the 18th of August – we’ve now got an official poster! Huge thanks to Mark Pettifer who designed the poster from Sarah’s and my covers:

Poster by Mark Pettifer from book covers: Into the Yell and Petrolhead