Writings

Here’s where I’ve gathered my writings. There’s poems, rants, news – some current and some from the archives …

In Grimethorpe Recently

Posted on September 7, 2017
Category :News
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 previousRead More

Refrains for the Plain and Simple

Posted on August 23, 2017
Category :News
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.  Read More

Joe Mather and Me

Posted on November 15, 2016
Category :News
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 challengedRead More

Apologies to Jude on National Poetry Day

Posted on October 6, 2016
Category :News
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 givenRead More

A Sing-Song For Stainless Steel

Posted on June 1, 2016
Category :Poems
1 Sheffielders sit a little while Ponder these letters cut clearly Each note in the sing-song for stainless steel And its unsung discoverer Harry Brearley 2 Made in Sheffield means the best a worldwide reputation our very knives and forks attest and mime in CELEBRATION 3 Neighbours calling neighbours UpRead More