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In Grimethorpe Recently

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Epigrimatical Pantogriming Mid-September 2016, I was driving on my way to meet Alison Cooper, Barnsley Arts Project Worker to discuss a piece of proposed writing work with a group of young people in Grimethorpe. The car radio was burbling forth when all at once a newsreader announced that the previous […]

Refrains for the Plain and Simple

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Neither of my parents was ever plain; most certainly neither was simple. Handsome divels the pair of them in their primes. I suppose I wanted the title to refer to their shared deep down commitment to uncomplicatedness in their manner of living and being within their community and culture.   […]

Joe Mather and Me

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Early in the summer of 2016 I received an invitation from Jack Windle, (that’s Doctor Jack who runs a splendid website called ‘proletics’ dedicated to the furtherance of historical South Yorkshire writing, and its radical traditions). The University of Sheffield was hosting its ‘Festival of the mind’ and Jack challenged […]

Apologies to Jude on National Poetry Day

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This website’s voice has been a bit quiet in recent times. In fact, truth to tell, it’s hardly got going since its ethereal splash of a launch back in the early summer to coincide with the release of ‘Umpteen,’ my recent album of songs. And that’s really rather bad given […]

Umpteen Launch Gig

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Presented by Bright Phoebus at the Greystones in Sheffield. It’s on June 14th at 7:30pm. Details here.