Category Archives: poetry

Review: #MeToo, ed. Deborah Alma

#MeToo exploded into public consciousness with Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace last October. Male interviewers were stunned that almost every woman added their own #MeToo incident. Many men were disbelieving. Women were shocked to discover we had so much in … Continue reading

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Poetry Click Bait

Poetry, like song, is as old as human speech. Perhaps song is even older, a hark to community from pre-Homo sapiens; cadences without words but yet full of meaning. The first stories were carried in memory and poetry lends itself … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Poetry on request

A couple of weeks’ ago I was invited to do some poetry for the audience of a showing of Paterson at Hereford Courtyard. Ledbury Poetry Festival brought three of us to chat to film-goers and create on-the-spot poems on whatever … Continue reading

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Mulberry Scion

  I was asked for a poem for an event organised by The Friends of Malvern Springs and Wells for their event Two Malverns and a Mulberry Tree, held during Malvern Civic Week. Brief background: George Bernard Shaw, Malvern Festival’s … Continue reading

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Paean to Katie Hopkins

What is the purpose of poetry? According to Poetry.org it’s “an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content.”   For most of us, most … Continue reading

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Review: How to Euthanise a Cactus, by Stephen Derwent Partington

    A review sometimes says as much, if not more, about the reviewer as the reviewed*. So I shall begin by fessing up that I still do not feel comfortable commentating on others’ work; I am all too aware … Continue reading

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