Category Archives: Poetry

Sea Change: A Residency @ Fabrica Gallery

                                             Photo: Gavin Weber. Copyright Simon Faithfull. As a writer, activist, mystic and summer sea dipper, I was very pleased this week to begin a fascinating new job: Artist-in-Residence for Fabrica Gallery, responding to the Simon Faithfull exhibition REEF. In … Continue reading

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Peppered Mead & Gnostic Democracy: Gifts of the Spirit, from Ukraine

With pleasure, and no small amount of astonishment, I announce today that for my ‘poetry and essays about Ukraine’ – the latter published here on the blog – I have earned a place on the list of recipients of the … Continue reading

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Two Watermelons: Inner Reflections & a Letter from Ukraine

1. Rebelling against the old Arab adage, the Palestinian novelist Emile Habiby ‘believed that it was possible, and even useful, to “carry two watermelons under one arm” – that is, to take up both literature and politics’. The risk, of … Continue reading

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Writer as Maker: In Good Weather the Sign Outside Reads Danger Quicksand by Sarah Hymas

With Amazon now placing even greater pressure on publishers to relinquish control of their own products, just how well the book industry will adapt to the digital media revolution remains an open question. One common prediction, of course, is that … Continue reading

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Departing Souls: Review of Houses of the Dead by Fawzia Kane

Houses of the Dead, a new poetry pamphlet by Fawzia Kane, is a beguiling tour through abandoned dwellings, at first still and empty, but increasingly stirred by the lingering traces of departing souls. May I tempt you with some titles? … Continue reading

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Voices from Ukraine

              I promised another post on Ukraine, and after the warm welcome I was given in Oxford, there may well be more. My on-going correspondence with translator Steve Komarnyckyj (right, in photo) has evolved … Continue reading

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English PEN Ukrainian Poetry Evening

          Given the current crisis in Ukraine, and my own lack of expertise in the country’s history and politics, it is humbling indeed to be included in English PEN’s Ukrainian Poetry Evening in Oxford this Thursday, … Continue reading

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Telling Time: A Poetry Course in Brighton

TELLING TIME a poetry course with Naomi Foyle Structured around the themes of past, present and future, this six week poetry course will address traditional forms, free verse, and speculative writing. A mixture of reading, writing exercises and workshops, led … Continue reading

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2013: Not just another listless year . . .

The publication of Seoul Survivors made 2013 a busy year for my writing career. With the next two SF novels pawing at the door, however, at times I feared my reading was suffering. In line with my random book-grabbing habits, … Continue reading

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Midnight Mass and Christmas Thoughts

Midnight Mass isn’t really my tradition. I was brought up a Quaker, and while my ex-Anglican parents would occasionally take us to a hymn service at Christmas, I much prefered being tucked up in a duvet on the sofa listening … Continue reading

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