Pre-Symposium Workshop Booking Goes Live!

Carlisle Poetry Symposium will return on 10th July – with a set of caveats and provisos that there is no need to say in our pandemic-affected world! In advance of the Symposium we’re running four online workshops. You can see more here: The dates are there – and you can book there, too. More … More Pre-Symposium Workshop Booking Goes Live!

Carole Coates reads from ‘Crazy Days’

I’m sure you remember Carole Coates reading at the Symposium back in the halcyon days of 2019. She read from ‘Crazy Days’ – her pamphlet from Wayleave Press (amongst other things). That pamphlet will soon be incorporated into a Shoestring Press collection. Here’s a new film of her reading from the pamphlet. I thought you … More Carole Coates reads from ‘Crazy Days’

Poetry / Film / Reviews

Head on over to Billy Mills’ blog and watch this: You’ll find a review that Billy Mills wrote about MOTHERBABYHOME here, too: I don’t think the work of poetry reviewers has ever been so important, and I don’t think I’ve read better than those on Billy Mills’ website. I think you need to … More Poetry / Film / Reviews

Symposium Rumblings

So, for those of you who wish to know these things… the process has begun. I’ve had contact with the venue and the process has begun. Properly. I’ve contacted some, but not all (yet) of the Featured Writers who would have read for us last May (!). I’ve also set plans in motions for there … More Symposium Rumblings

Whipping Boy

I saw this online, and I remembered that Whipping Boy were, hands down, the best guitar band I ever heard. But not the most successful. I liked the guitars, of course, but it was the words that made Whipping Boy. This was a B side – an alternative version of a single they released from … More Whipping Boy

Aerial Festival / 10 Years of Corbel Stone Press

The Aerial Festival was one of the many events that fell foul of the last year’s events. It is wonderful to see so many of the events from the festival represented by film on the Aerial Festival website. I hugely recommend spending some time watching the films here: Although I had to have particular … More Aerial Festival / 10 Years of Corbel Stone Press


It was brilliant to perform live again, albeit in a very strange context – and who knows when we will get the chance again? Here’s a picture of nightjrrs doing just that: The sound was great (we had a really good sound-person: probably the best I’ve had for years) – if you were there I … More Intermission