Fat Man Blues: song by Richard Walls and Tone Tanner

A novel about the blues now has a song to accompany it.

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Richard Wall’s Fat Man Blues project recently featured on Spillwords with a song in collaboration with Tone Tanner. Click on the image to hear the song (and read its lyrics):

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Gren Gaskell, After a Roof Fall

Superb poem by ex-miner Gren Gaskell.

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Gren Gaskell’s fiercely moving poem After a Roof Fall recently featured on Spillwords HERE.


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A few weeks ago the damsel flies were all doing this and now their nymphs are crawling out of their ponds to emerge as new adults.

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Summer scenes

Words on Water with Worcester Lit Fest: a beautiful evening for a gentle walk along the Severn with poetry interludes.


Ledbury Festival: glorious as always and so much happening I didn’t manage to even take many photos. On the last day the town partied, closing the main road for dancing and feasting.

I take a week off from the day job for Ledbury. Living in Malvern I have the most beautiful drive to and fro along the hills.

Folk from the Slopes in the Priory Church: I was involved in “Women of Malvern”, as was Elliot ‘Jelly’ Seabright, channelling Cher Lloyd in a superb rap.


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World Refugee Day in Poetry

Refugee week. How fragile is our world, our support, our leadership’s abilities to do the right thing. Poems reaching out collected by the new Worcestershire laureate, Nina Lewis. Delighted to see one of mine in here – out there – again.

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world refugee UN“I’ve met so many who have lost so much. But they never lose their dreams for their children or their desire to better our world. They ask for little in return – only our support in their time of greatest need” — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

rescued A group of rescued people on the deck of an Italian naval vessel as the sun sets in the Mediterranean. ©UNHCR/A. D’Amato

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Back in May, I was fortunate enough to meet some people from the charity People in Motion at a Spoken Word event ‘Gobs & Guitars’ organised by Sarah Tamar to raise money for the cause and to say goodbye to The Boars Head, the much loved venue of Mouth & Music (Heather Wastie/ Sarah Tamar). Read more about it here.

Inspired by a week of events happening in Malvern, organised by People in…

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Landscapes of the Imagination exhibition

I’ve not been blogging but I have been busy completing a novel set in Malvern, writing some poems (not as many as I should) and, for fun (eh?), becoming involved in a series of classes at Ledbury’s gorgeous library (The Master’s House) “Landscapes of the Imagination” run by artist Andrea McLean and poetry expert Anna Stenning. It’s been a fascinating look at how we experience and interpret landscape – external, internal, cultural – and how its incorporated into our lives. From the visionary poets, via Tarkovsky, a walk up the hills to sketch en plein air, to use of metaphor we’ve explored a lot over the last few months. I missed a few classes because of work but that didn’t matter: each session encompassed a complete idea.

Once upon a time I could draw. Like all skills it needs practice. But, perhaps because I wasn’t going to make any kind of “perfect” sketch after not trying for decades I told myself to be brave and just enjoy it all – and collage and pastels are messy heaven, having never used either before.

From Saturday 27 May (tomorrow) until Saturday 10 June, the art and poetry created by Andrea and Anna’s band of intrepid adventurers will be on exhibition (FREE) in The Panelled Room of The Master’s House.

Meanwhile, Andrea has two glorious paintings on display in Hereford Cathedral’s Mappa Mundi room, along with works by Grayson Perry and other artists in response to the Mappa Mundi: fabulous!

Also coming up soon:

Worcester LitFest & Fringe, 9 – 18 June

Ledbury Poetry Festival, 30 June – 9 July

And this performance series, 14 and 15 July.



Andrea McLean with one of her paintings currently exhibited in Hereford Cathedral


Detail from one of Andrea’s panels

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Little Malvern Court Gardens

A perfect spring afternoon.

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