July’s Events

June 22nd, 2017

My July events plus any of the regular things I can get to in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud.

Poetry performance – Thursday 6th Come To Where I am From at the Fountain Inn tix are free

Poetry performance – Crypt Slam in Gloucester

Fantasy Headdresses and Accessories Upcylced Workshop and poetry performance with Food For Thoughts – Sat 15th July – Art In The City – Gloucester

Poetry Workshop – Thursday 20th July Villanelles Fountain Inn Gloucester.

Cuddly Science Amazing Archeology and Fabulous Fossils (also includes poetry honest!) -Sat 22nd July at the Gloucester Cathedral Festival of Archeology


June 14th, 2017

Awesome poet Spoz – check him out :) He once described me as the “Cadbury Rapper” but the least said about that the better 😀

Strong and Stable

June 7th, 2017

Conservative billboard behind a strong and stable fence

I can’t help but see it as a metaphor The Billboards and the when and where they are Buses and vans with adverts on Placed just so, by the so and sos

Strong and stable blew over in the wind Blocked the roads Congesting the arteries of commerce Is it ironic or perverse?

Strong and stable behind gleaming bars The rich hiding within high security yards Tyrannical with an iron fist Lock it all down…

Drown the the questions With a filibuster or two

A nations of many But only hope for the few

It will certainly be strong and stable Strong and stable fences But not walls No of course we don’t do walls We are British and that’s… an American thing.

And I wish My conservative friends That you would actually talk About what the plans are As it looks to me Like a population cull Done on the sly With conviction, vindiction And a lot of contradiction As if you don’t really mean it As if you’ve not really thought it all through Please tell me there’s a plan That does not involve The old bones freezing, kids starving, And the disabled dying?

Cuts that kill And desperation Writ on the walls By those who’ve gone Beyond crying

Please tell me you don’t want Us all dead, crippled or silenced?

I ask but you remain quiet Ignoring my pleas to be educated To your dreams and aspirations And I remember that Tory Means thief in the old sense In a real senseless sense And I wonder at your sense And ask for justifications

Strong and stable is only As strong as a nations Foundations Build them for the people Not of the bone and blood Of the people Because those foundations slide In their own decay.

And I will protest And Protect Come what May.

Salena Godden

June 4th, 2017

A few years back I came across the poet Salena Godden, I believe the point at which she locked into my brain as someone to listen/read was a poem about tit being more or less feminist than each other :) the poem kept being taken down off of the various sharing platforms and I was tagged by a mutual friend who thought I would like it – and I did and I have since seen her at some of the festival and events I have ended up at.

So I thought I would share her with you lot.

Gloucester Cathedral Poetry Reading

May 28th, 2017

Back in 2012 to my amazement I ended up performing in Gloucester Cathedral – this was just at the point where in Russia Pussy Riot had been jailed for performing in a church.

This is a video of my performance and my little speech about being lucky.

The Point of Inconvenience

May 22nd, 2017

The Point of Inconvenience

This book in by the amazingly multi-talented poet, writer etc… AF Harold who I first met through Anna Saunders who started the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. I have performed with AF a couple of times and it has always been an amazing pleasure.

From kids to grown ups he can captivate and entertain. Basically go get the book you wont regret it – it’s gettable here:

May’s Poetic Madness!

May 12th, 2017

Tonight I am In The Slammer the Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam with a host of fab poets at the Playhouse Theatre, Saturday I’ll be in the Cafe Rene Gloucester for more poetry with Food For Thoughts and Sunday I will be back over into Cheltenham for more Poetry Festival goodness in the Waterstones! Tuesday I’ll be back at the Rene and Saturday in the Brewery Gloucester for Pint of Prose, then I’m running a workshop on the 25th at the Fountain Inn Gloucester and then spouting some sea shanty poetry at the tall ship festival and then back to the Cheltenham Waterstones! May has been a pretty poetic month!

Patreon Bundle

May 5th, 2017

Patreon Bundle for Love: A Stranger Dream

This was the Patreon Bundle for Love: A Stranger Dream when it was first launched :) I thinking of adding some amendments and launching it as a deluxe bundle.

Star Stuff – Villenelles Night March 2017

April 30th, 2017

Performance of my poem Star Stuff at the Gloucester Poetry Societies Villenelles Night.

Busy Poet – Me

April 26th, 2017

Busy poetic time are coming up :)

Thursday 27th of April Villanells Gloucester Fountain Inn from 7-11 pm – I am running a workshop at the beginning of the evening followed by recording performances and interviews organised by The Gloucester Poetry Society

Saturday 29th of April ReneGade Festival 2017 3 -1:30 pm which is opening with Food For Thoughts Poetry performance

May 4th – 15th Cheltenham Poetry Festival, I’ll be in the Slam Friday 12th May 8:30 but will be generally about the place :)

Saturday 20th of May A Pint of Prose organised by the Gloucester Poetry Festival

Plus as many regular nights as I can get too :) Feeling very excited!!! (there might be another slam as well but it just depends on fitting things in!)

Regular Poetry events in Gloucester and Cheltenham are:

Buzzwords 1st Sunday of every month in Cheltenham

Speakeasy 1st Tuesday of every month in Gloucester

Waterstones Poetry Night Monday evenings in Cheltenham

Poetry Cafe 2nd Wednesday of the month in Cheltenham

Food For Thoughts variable but during the afternoon once a month at the weekend in Gloucester

Villanelles last Thursday of every Month in Gloucester

Cheltenham Poetry Societies Kickstart Workshops 1st Tuesday of the month in Cheltenham

Jam Back at the Tav every Wednesday evening primarily music but accepts spoken word in Cheltenham