Writings

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

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
Writing the song of it              (For Barry Hines)   Via Heaney, Hughes and Harrison, Yeats and Joyce I circumnavigate my muse’s voice   Like Barry Hines transposing Oscar Wilde I reconcile what won’t be reconciled   My dad used to sing all the time around the house Countless songs ofRead More

Umpteen Launch Gig

Posted on May 8, 2016
Category :News
Presented by Bright Phoebus at the Greystones in Sheffield. It’s on June 14th at 7:30pm. Details here.Read More