Monthly Archives: April 2012

In like a lion and out like a dragon…


Spring has well and truly stirred with trees pinched with green and blossom. The Dawn Chorus is making itself known, and lambing is soon to start in earnest.

March started with the roaring success of Live Lit at Arts 4 All in Droitwich, a wonderful event of music, spoken work and poetry organised by local writer and poet Sarah James. I was one of many local performers taking part, and it was my first reading for a while. Park’s Coffee Shop was an excellent venue with many of us making it home for the day and sampling many delights from their menu as we enjoyed the talent on offer.

I did a fire-walk for a local charity, Sight Concern Worcester, this week, it was oddly something I had always wanted to do, so having the opportunity, and raising money for a local cause was something I couldn’t not do. We had a two-hour motivational session beforehand, where it was explained that the material we’d be walking on burnt at 1,236 degrees Fahrenheit/668 degrees Celsius. It was then explained that a mix of wood chippings are used, as wood is a good generator of heat but doesn’t retain heat. (Think wooden spoons you use to cook with) Plus your foot is in minimal contact with the material. Then forty of us walked over hot wood to the beat of drums and whoops from the large crowd watching. Everyone’s feet survived and we all retired to the nearby bar for refreshments and our certificates, although nothing beats photographic evidence.

Walking on dragon's breath

Finally March was completed with Earth Hour, where the world’s population is encourage to switch off at 8.30pm local time. We celebrated the event in Worcester with music, poetry and spoken word, and some very, very good samosas.

I read my poem Earth Hour at this event:

And into April, which is sometimes fondly referred to as NaPoWriMo, where basically the aim is to write a poem every day for a month. Find out more here: