Writings

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

Taking Stock of Joseph Locke

Posted on April 16, 2016
Category :Community Archive, Poems
Joseph Locke had lots of brains He made a fortune from railway trains. Sheffield born and Barnsley bred Joseph Locke became, it’s said, As famous as Stephenson or Watt Or Isambard Kingdom Brunel, though not Remembered these days half so well As Barnsley yarners are quick to tell Railway linesRead More

Don’t Knock Wath, Cock

Posted on April 16, 2016
Category :Community Archive, Poems
Don’t knock Wath cock, don’t knock Wath There’s always people who want to knock Wath Mardy-arsed knockers, trying to put the mockers On anything positive, progress blockers With long faces – some of them are shockers With language worse than Darfield dockers Don’t knock Wath cock, don’t knock Wath There’sRead More

Guest and Chrimes, 2005

Posted on April 16, 2016
Category :Community Archive
When I was nineteen I went for a job at Guest and Chrimes. In those days it was the biggest foundry in Rotherham and had been so for more than a century. It stood on Don Street just beyond the centre of town, across from the fairground where the ‘Stattis,’Read More

Flying the flag for Rotherham

Posted on April 16, 2016
Category :Community Archive, Poems
All the old dreams and nursery rhymes of Habershons and Guest and Chrimes the old ghosts working overtime steelmen in their fettled prime colliers in their undergrime all the popular paradigms that render local song sublime the tragedies of muck and slime heroic workers, gaffers’ crimes grotesqueries and pantomimes theRead More

Winter of Austerity, Wentworth Road

Posted on April 7, 2016
Category :News, Poems
Everything’s up for the chop or already cut back Roadside hedges shiver half-bald above ditches Last year’s haws have succumbed to slash and hack Nothing but wind to darn the birchwoods’ britches The growing decade hunts with a hawkish eye Whatever it is in the air has caused this flapRead More