What a fantastic poetry reading at Maryport’s ‘Settlement’ today. Poet and editor Kelly Davis put together an excellent session of superb readers. Sad not to have Nick there, but having the chance to read one of his poems, and listening to Kelly read ‘English Ghost Dance’ was a moving experience. It seems churlish to highlight … More Maryport

Musical Update

Speakeasy last night was a wonderful thing. Here’s some dates for your poetry calendar: Saturday 29th: ‘When Norman Met Percy’ – see the post of that name. Talk & readings at Maryport. Excellent live list of poets. And me. Saturday 6th October: ‘Poetry Breakfast’ at Tullie House with Malcolm Carson. See the Borderlines Festival Programme … More Musical Update


The ‘Freiraum’ project that flowers with a special night in Foxes Café on November 7th will be full of music and poetry. One of the things I will be involved in is the project for which (if you see the other posts) I have taught myself to sample – as well as rediscovering how to … More “Freiraum”

Percy, Norman, Nick

Although it was been a brutal couple of weeks (to use John Chambers’ word from one of the eulogies on Friday), hearing Nick’s poems from so many different readers has been fitting. You can hear more of Nick’s work at the ‘When Percy Met Norman’ event in a fortnight. He was scheduled to read at … More Percy, Norman, Nick


One of the advantages of holidays is that you get the chance to learn things. In order to contribute to an upcoming musical event I have dug out a lot of equipment that hasn’t seen the light of day for twenty years. You can kid yourself for a long time that it’s easy to pick … More Pedals