Longbarrow Press

One of the many high points of the Poetry Symposium in November was hearing a poet praise the work of Longbarrow Press as an example of a modern small press being an example that others should follow. In this world of poetry pamphlet competition money-spinning and pay-per-submission it can be easy to not see those … More Longbarrow Press

Bazaars / nightjrrs

There was a Speakeasy element to the Cultural Bazaar in Carlisle this weekend. John asked me to accompany him on a story song, which we performed to other Speakeasy stalwarts in the library of the school built on the site of my first teaching appointment. The stone that built the original school was ground up … More Bazaars / nightjrrs

Words by the Water Reading

It’s official – I’m in the ‘Words by the Water’ official programme, here: https://www.theatrebythelake.com/Images/upload/WBTW_2019_Brochure.pdf. Here it is, on March 12th: Honoured to be amongst this list. Thanks to Nicola Jackson for inviting me to be part of it. You can hear Nadine Aisha Jassat’s poem ‘Hopscotch’ by finding the link elsewhere on the blog here in … More Words by the Water Reading


The second edition of Clunk, the fanzine, is out now – you will be able to find it in the Vinyl Café, Carlisle. The editors have also launched an online version. This is a great opportunity for people to publicise their cultural activity in Carlisle – pick up a copy and browse the online edition here: https://clunkonline.wordpress.com/.


Well, I think it’s pretty. Someone asked me about my pedal board; here it is. The new ‘nightjars’ project is shaping up well. News to follow about upcoming gigs.  


It was a privilege and a delight to run Saturday’s workshop at Carlisle’s Phil & Lit. I have enjoyed every event I have ever done there – either the Poetry Symposium, or poetry workshops. As some people commented on Saturday – you go into the day thinking that six hours of poetry is a long … More Workshops