Monday, March 21, 2016

Bus Balladeer

I'm truly jazzed to say that I have been voted Southend's Bus Balladeer. I entered a poem on the theme of travel to their competition, and was chosen as the winner. I'm really honoured. And what a great way to celebrate #worldpoetryday!

You can read more about it here, but the poem is also pasted below. Thank you to the judges!


Aboard the bus
which lumbers and rumbles into view;
what daydreams we make through other windows.
Look up from the phone,
a space for thoughts to grow.
You look at people’s houses,
gardens, routines:
Whizz past and they’re gone, forgotten, lost;
until this time tomorrow.

Friday, March 18, 2016


Hello poetry pickers.

I have some gigs coming up!

Isn't that nice?

Thursday 24 March, Shangri La, The Railway Hotel, Southend, 9pm

Saturday 9 April, Electric Tea Set, Fishermen's Chapel, Leigh on Sea, 6.30pm

Friday 15 April, Trawler launch night/Made in Leigh, Leigh Community Centre, Leigh on Sea, 7pm (ticketed)

It would be great to see you there! (Oh yes son, I'm talking to you)

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Paper and ink

For World Book Day 2016.

Take solace in
some other world,
where justice might be done,
or love arrives unexpectedly,
or bittersweet tears roll down.
To fit into a pocket
an entire universe;
what magic is this -
a simple ream of paper and ink,
plus someone's fervent imagined lands.
A thread between a writer and you:
their thoughts sewn into yours.
From well-thumbed piles of story-books
atop a bedcover
on a stay-home-from-school sick day
to the soul breathed into grown-up long commutes,
a lifetime of reading as escape.
What magic is this, you'll think,
at bedtime, eyes trying hard to focus.
Just one more chapter, you say to yourself,
immersed between the pages.