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Poetry

Poetry

The seduction of fiction

On 19th January 2018

I keep promising myself that I won’t buy more books until I’ve read the ones that I already own. It is a promise that I fail to deliver whenever the scent of a bookshop catches my attention. With the advent…

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Stirring up a story

On 6th January 2018

Sometimes free writing to a prompt takes an unusual turn. On this occasion the prompt was ‘An everyday item’. I don’t know why I picked a teaspoon, perhaps because I was with a group of writers where tea features heavily…

Poetry

Trios

On 12th December 2017

I wrote the first draft of this poem in response to a prompt at a writing group. Since then I have played around the form and the words over a number of months. I’m not convinced this is the final…

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Voices from the grid

On 12th December 2017

In 2017, my home city of Milton Keynes celebrated its 50th birthday. A short story competition was part of the celebratory events, with 50 stories being chosen to feature in an anthology called ‘Voices from the Grid‘. I was thrilled…

Poetry

The Silent Hour

On 8th November 2017

Having returned from a very busy week running a conference in Turkey, I struggled to get back onto UK. I would fall asleep in the early evening, then wake in the early hours of the morning. This poem was written…

Poetry

The weekend

On 17th October 2017

This poem came out of a challenge to use the mundane activities of life as inspiration. I decided to use an unusual layout to reflect the circular action of physically cleaning a bathroom mirror.     I see myself, with…

Short Stories

Welcome to adventure…

On 10th October 2017

I adore novel-length fiction but there is something delicious about short stories. And so, I welcome you to join me in the adventure of a myriad of worlds. Along the way I hope you will meet characters that you would…

Short Stories

Buried treasure

On 30th September 2017

This short tale was written as a response to a writing exercise. The challenge was to write about an old building that had been given a new lease of life , and its history was influencing modern day.    …

Poetry

Bonjour!

On 27th September 2017

While walking in France an elderly lady politely greeted me as we passed on the path. I was struck by the way she infused meaning into such a simple action. This poem came from that chance encounter on a sunny…

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