Tunnel of Love

I remember being fascinated by this song when I was ten. The organ opening, and then the change at 02:50 and then the change at 03:36. And then the big change at 05:05 . I didn’t understand half of it, but it was fascinating. The reason I found myself fascinated by it [cough] years ago … More Tunnel of Love

Cheque Book and Pen

Symposium update, then. The Carlisle Poetry Symposium now has its own bank account. A business account no less. So now I’m in the poetry business. But not The Poetry Business, because that’s different. The Symposium now gets letters addressed to itself. And a ‘governance document’. And it has a bank card. And a cheque book. … More Cheque Book and Pen


I absolutely love the music of William Byrd for reasons I can’t put into words. I’ve seen his music terrify people I have tried to play it to. Whilst I find it full of beauty, I have known people describe it as ‘angsty’. I was struck by this, being played on the radio this morning. … More Byrd


In reading the most recent edition of Tenebrae (which I’ll try to write about later: if it hasn’t sold out get yourself a copy of it now, while you can), I came across Datableed in many of the bios of the poets. On the Datableed website are lots of recordings of their launch nights. Seems like a … More Soundso