Whipping Boy

This week I have taken delivery of the reissue of Whipping Boy’s album ‘Heartworm’. I have written that sentence and already had to go back and take all the adjectives out of it. Here be dragons. Let me explain. I think (and I’m not alone) that ‘Heartworm’ is one of the greatest albums ever made. … More Whipping Boy

Thank you.

Thank you to everyone that came to the Carlisle Poetry Symposium yesterday. Thanks to everyone that read; thanks to everyone who came to listen. Thank you to the Featured Writers and the open mic-ers alike. Thank you to everyone that helped behind the scenes. Thank you. Here are some pictures taken by nice Phil Hewitson … More Thank you.

Tomorrow.

Well? Are you coming tomorrow to the Carlisle Poetry Symposium tomorrow at Tullie House. I hope so. And you’re bringing your poetry to sell at the pop-up bookshop, too, yes? And you’re going to read, too? Yes? There are twenty open mic slots: but I’m sure you already know that because you’ve read that on … More Tomorrow.

Featured Writers for the August 2021 Symposium (5)

I am very pleased to say that the next poet to announce is David Hopkins. David Hopkins is a poet and art historian. He teaches at Glasgow University and has published several books on Dada and Surrealism and recent art. Since the 1980s he has performed widely, collaborating with the likes of Bob Cobbing at … More Featured Writers for the August 2021 Symposium (5)

Featured Writers for the August 2021 Symposium (4)

I’m delighted to say that the next Featured Writer to announce is Kerry Darbishire… Kerry Darbishire lives near Kendal, Cumbria and is a member of The Brewery Poets, Write on the Farm, and Dove Cottage Poets. She has two poetry collections published by Indigo Dreams: A Lift of Wings 2014 and Distance Sweet on my … More Featured Writers for the August 2021 Symposium (4)

Featured Writers for the August 2021 Symposium (2)

To continue the sharing of the names of our Featured Writers for the Symposium this month, here’s the next. Ilse Pedler becomes the second poet from the Seren publishing house to read at the Symposium – and we’re very pleased to have her read. Do follow the links below! Ilse Pedler has had poems published … More Featured Writers for the August 2021 Symposium (2)