Coffee Break Chatter



My Father’s workshop

On 2nd March 2019

I am often inspired by everyday things. This poem speaks of the everyday of my childhood, andthe¬† power of fragrance to carry us back in time. My Father’s workshop Blade slices plank Metal cuts wood Violent yet creative A soft…


Seats in the rain

On 16th February 2019

Sitting in the warmth of a public lounge on a rainy winter’s day, I could see wet seats on the patio. This poem was the result of my musing. Seats in the rain Will you come and sit? Take no…


Through sleeping eyes

On 2nd February 2019

I’ve discovered that poetry can be ‘published’ in many different forms. This particular poem first appeared as part of an exhibition of creative work at a festival. It was written on a large white board in the entrance to the…


It’s a dog’s life

On 25th January 2019

This humourous little poem sprang to life while walking on a beach on the south coast. Love seeing dogs and their owners having fun, but it is an interesting relationship! It’s a dog’s life Is it any wonder dogs think…


Discarded treasures

On 19th January 2019

I adore second-hand bookstores, and I am not surprised they are a popular backdrop for stories at present. There is something magical about stepping into these literary Alladin’s caves. This poem was inspired by both personal experience and also an…

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Season of rest

On 8th January 2019

What is your favourite season? In a YouGov survey conducted in November 2016, summer was the most popular season for nearly half of those interviewed (44%). Spring managed to win almost a quarter of the votes (24%). Autumn and winter…


The Inner Battle

On 28th December 2018

This poem, published in What is it to be Human? in 2015, was inspired by an extract from the diary of a woman called Nella written in post-War Britain. She details daily life and particularly the frustration of dealing with…

Short Stories

A bird in the bush is worth …

On 2nd November 2018

As I suspected the characters of Glenda and Teddy who introduced themselves to me in the short story ‘A very public inconvenience’ have taken on a life of their own. This story was also inspired by a story prompt: distinctive…

Short Stories

A pen full of puppies

On 14th September 2018

Funny how things come together to create a story. Behind this short tale was a walk in France where I stumbled across a pack of dogs gathered in a pen in a remote farmyard, a sprinkle of Harry Potter style…


The teapot

On 2nd August 2018

I have just returned from walking the Rob Roy Way in Scotland. Passsing through one of the villages I spotted a pretty little teapot sitting on the windowsill of a cottage. This poem was birthed from that momentary glimpse.  …

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