Poetry Village

I like the Poetry Village website a lot, so I'm delighted to have a poem on it today: ‘The Steepler’.



Last week, I was on an Arvon course at Lumb Bank – a ‘retreat with walking’, tutored, or, more accurately, led, by local mapmaker extraordinaire Chris Goddard and novelist–poet Paul Kingsnorth. Being in Ted Hughes Country in a heatwave meant that I had the time and opportunity to take huge delight in the landscape. Chris knew… Continue reading Widdop

On Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake

In a recent piece in New Socialist, Joe Kennedy analyses the regrettably spurious claim that several British, or more specifically English, works of the last couple of years are ‘Brexit novels’. It’s an interesting read, no more so than when he touches upon Paul Kingsnorth, labelled by the Telegraph as ‘the Bard of Brexit’, and his extraordinary,… Continue reading On Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake

Reviews in Presence 60

Below are my reviews of two haiku books in Presence #60. * Chuck Brickley, earthshine Snapshot Press, Orchard House, High Lane, Ormskirk, L40 7SL; £11.99; ISBN 978-1-903543-43-6. Paul Chambers, Latitudes Alba Publishing, PO Box 266, Uxbridge, UB9 5NX; £10/€14/US$15; ISBN 978-1-910185-74-2. Sometimes reading and reviewing two books in parallel can be very rewarding; especially if… Continue reading Reviews in Presence 60