‘All Cornwall Thunders at my Door: a biography of Charles Causley’ by Laurence Green

This is the only complete biography of Charles Causley even now, nearly 20 years after his death and nearly 10 years after this biography of him was published. As he is one of the greatest Cornish poets, and the best Poet Laureate we never had, the paucity of material seems a shame. Especially given theContinue reading “‘All Cornwall Thunders at my Door: a biography of Charles Causley’ by Laurence Green”

Review: ‘Wild Persistence’ by Katrina Naomi

(Seren Books, 2020) Do you read poetry? Do you read living poets? There is some great stuff being written at the moment, especially by women. Some of it is innovative in form; some uses rhyme and rhythm in novel ways; some of it is in prose. It is about day to day living, influences andContinue reading “Review: ‘Wild Persistence’ by Katrina Naomi”

Review: ‘Never: A Word’ by Andy Christopher Miller

In 2018 I heard Andy Miller give a ‘Friends of Weymouth Library’ talk about growing up in Weymouth, published as The Naples of England. So interesting were his memories that I at once offered to review the book. At that time he hinted that there were matters in the memoir that deserved a book ofContinue reading “Review: ‘Never: A Word’ by Andy Christopher Miller”

Just received this from the Bournemouth Uni, Fresher Prize people:

“I am delighted to let you know that your entry to the Bournemouth Writing Prize, ‘Unexpected Meeting In 2020’ , has been selected for publication in Glean and Graft, one of the anthologies being published by Fresher in 2021. The book will be available in both print and digital editions through Amazon later this year”.Continue reading “Just received this from the Bournemouth Uni, Fresher Prize people:”

Review – ‘Michael Tippett: The Biography’ by Oliver Soden

I have always been a fan of Michael Tippett’s music. Indeed, the wonderful English music written in the first fifty years of the twentieth century I have always considered to be my musical home (apart from rock and blues). I saw that this biography had been published and thought ‘Michael Tippett; there’s a blast fromContinue reading “Review – ‘Michael Tippett: The Biography’ by Oliver Soden”

‘Poems for the year 2020’

Delighted to report that myself and 79 other poets have been anthologised in this timely offering put together by Merryn Williams and now available from Shoestring Press. It deals with the pandemic and lockdown. You might think that would make it a bit samey. Not a bit: I was amazed at the plethora of approachesContinue reading “‘Poems for the year 2020’”

Review: ‘Shine, Darling’ by Ella Frears

I first came across Ella Frears’ work in Tate, St Ives gallery. She is a young, Cornish, poet (now based in London) who has been ‘poet in residence’ at St Ives for a couple of years. I was entranced by her observations about exhibits in the gallery in 2019 when I was in God’s OwnContinue reading “Review: ‘Shine, Darling’ by Ella Frears”

Review: ‘Fate’s Arrows 4’: (Florida Folk Magic Stories) by Malcolm R Campbell

Genres: historical, adventure, fantasy Description: this is a story about how the Ku Klux Klan operated in Florida in the nineteen fifties, leavened with a sprinkling of southern conjure magic. Turns out the KKK aren’t very bright and it is easier to confuse them than you might think, or might be deemed wise, considering theyContinue reading “Review: ‘Fate’s Arrows 4’: (Florida Folk Magic Stories) by Malcolm R Campbell”