The man who had a seed in his ear

I wrote this poem about 20 years ago. It seems, now, to reflect things that have happened in Britain – how we have been snared in a tangle of information – some of it clearly spreading propaganda, division and hate. Some of it is more subtle and nuanced. The virtual evolves into a near-tangible creature […]

The Promise 2016

The Promise 2016   This is your captain speaking… Today we will be flying over one of the most densely populated countries in Europe. Ours. A small island we love, where our children live. Where the future waits. An accident here would be disastrous. I know that you mistrust me and have been given a […]

Winding Starlight

Here is a story set in the mid-seventies, just as women were legally entitled to equal pay in Britain. Narrated by a young female production-line worker in a toilet roll factory, it concerns itself (lightly) with women’s rights and opportunities framed in the attitudes of the time, and politics in the dawn of the Thatcher […]

Arachne Press Celebrates International Women’s Day

Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day. 2018 is also the year in which (some) British women were granted suffrage. To commemorate this, Arachne Press is producing an anthology of stories – We/She – featuring work selected from Liars’ League live lit events. In this case, stories about women, by women, which have been performed […]

Write To Be Counted at Keswick 13 March

A special reading event for the ‘Write To Be Counted‘ poetry anthology, raising funds for PEN International, will take place on Tuesday 13 March, 2018: 5.45pm, studio, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Cumbria, as part of the Words by the Water festival. A selection of featured poets will read from this splendid anthology. The event […]

Words by the Water 9 -18 March 2018: A Festival of Words and Ideas Comes to Keswick

The Theatre by the Lake is again the venue for the annual festival Words by the Water, the Cumbrian sister festival of the famous Dartington and Southwold festivals run by Ways With Words. Here in Cumbria, we look forward to the festival bus arriving with its seats packed with speakers – including, in no privileged […]