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Here you will find photographs, poems, a small selection of previously unpublished short fiction and a few examples of my illustrated poetry. If you would like to leave a message or a comment you can use the comment forms beneath each of the photos in the Gallery, the Contact link or the Guestbook.

I am happily married to writer and photographer Simon John Harvey.

Site last updated: 04-12-16

13 poems added to the Poetry & Prose pages
1 poem added to the Gothic Fish page
Featured poem changed

Featured poem:

IN PRAISE OF CLUTTER

I cleared the clutter from my room
’til all the shelves were bare
then one by one began to miss
those things no longer there —

the nick-nacks and the souvenirs
the books I’d meant to read
odds and ends I’d saved for years
yet never seemed to need.

They’d sat there quietly collecting dust
and taking up more space
until I caught this recent bug
to tidy up the place.

I polished ’til each surface gleamed
no junk to block the shine
the room lost all identity —
too empty to be mine.

I’ve been a magpie all my life
and order’s what I lack
but home is measured in small things
hence all the clutter’s back!

There are a lot more poems and some short stories on the 'Poetry and Prose' and 'Poetry for Kids' pages. Just click the button on the main navigation bar.


HORACE’S ODES
AND THE
MYSTERY
OF DO-RE-MI


Recently, and via chance correspondence with its author, Stuart Lyons, I was encouraged to buy a copy of the above book. It is both an acclaimed work of translation (a Financial Times book choice in 1996) and an engrossing detective story tracing the roots of lyric verse and the invention of the Do-Re-Mi musical scale. For those who read and/or write lyrical poetry, and ‘hear’ the musicality of poetic phrasing, it provides, perhaps, the confirmation that there is an historically documented trail that links the disciplines. It is a history lesson for all poets everywhere, and reassuring in the sense that Horace himself predicted his achievements would long outlive him. For a Roman songwriter and entertainer who died in 8 BC to have his works translated and read more than two thousand years later, this must surely have exceeded his wildest dreams.

Published by Aris & Phillips, an imprint of Oxbow Books, Horace’s Odes and the Mystery of Do-Re-Mi by Stuart Lyons is available through Amazon.



Friend and guest poet Geoffrey Winch has published his fourth collection of poetry.
Alchemy of Vision is published by Indigo Dreams and can be purchased through their website
www.indigodreams.co.uk, also available via Amazon, Waterstones and other online book retailers.
Anyone wishing to buy a signed copy direct from the author can contact him as follows:
Geoffrey Winch, Dolphin Cottage, 65 Downview Road, Felpham, West Sussex PO22 8JA
Payment: Cheque value £9.45 (includes P&P) payable to GD Winch, please.

Themed around the Arts, this collection encompasses a wide variety of subjects and interpretations: large and small, famous and lesser-known. Presented rather like a gallery of eclectic exhibits, there is a lot to look at and much to learn. And there's something for everyone to relate to, to think about, and to take away with them.

Four poems from the collection now appear on Geoffrey's guest page: Jazz Stripes by a Water's Edge; Home-Hunter; Negatively Charged; Standing Lion. These can only give a flavour of this so- carefully presented volume, with its iconic cover image. A truly class act.


My poem Hope's Flame (see here) appears in SOUL FEATHERS — a poetry anthology published in February 2011 by Indigo Dreams Publishing Ltd to aid the work of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The compilation contains the work of many internationally-known names including Carol Ann Duffy, Bob Dylan, Seamus Heaney, Maya Angelou, Benjamin Zephaniah, Leonard Cohen and Sharon Olds alongside both established and first time poets, all brought together in support of the cause.

Based on the theme of Hope, and taking inspiration from lines written by Emily Dickinson —

"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune -- without the words
And never stops at all”

— the poems in SOUL FEATHERS share, and compare, the common experience. The editors have done a superb job, and I am very proud to have a poem of mine in such good company.

SOUL FEATHERS is available from www.indigodreamsbookshop.com
Also from Central Books 0845 458 9910
ISBN 978-1-907401-36-7
Please buy this book, help Macmillan Cancer Support, and enjoy some wonderful poetry.

(Just click on the image below)



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Poetry & Prose

Sea Fever (Poetry)
04th December 2016
Tree Fall (Poetry)
04th December 2016
Their House (Poetry)
04th December 2016
About A Bee (Poetry)
04th December 2016
In Praise Of Clutter (Poetry)
04th December 2016
Queenie's Sea Garden (Poetry)
04th December 2016
Class Of '67 (Poetry)
04th December 2016
Leaving The Light Off (Poetry)
04th December 2016
Clock (Poetry)
04th December 2016
Borrowed Time (Poetry)
04th December 2016
Past Imperfect (Poetry)
04th December 2016
On The Loss Of A Hero (Poetry)
11th November 2016
A Once Holy Spot (Poetry)
30th October 2016
Identity (Poetry)
30th October 2016
Songs From The Past (Poetry)
30th October 2016
Enigmatic (Poetry)
30th October 2016
On Pudding Lane (Poetry)
30th October 2016
Just As Likely (Poetry)
30th October 2016
High Heels (Poetry)
30th October 2016
Prediction (Poetry)
16th October 2016
The Wait (Poetry)
16th October 2016
No-Man's-Land (Poetry)
16th October 2016
Loose Leaves (Poetry)
16th October 2016
Guns And Babies (Poetry)
16th October 2016
Nut-Brown Stallion (Poetry)
16th October 2016
Lost Garden (Poetry)
16th October 2016
Roll Call (Poetry)
16th October 2016
THe TRouble is...(Poetry)
04th September 2016
Theft Of Days (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Apathy (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Borrowed Memories (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Shoe Box (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Left Luggage (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Hardly Disabled (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Fruitless (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Transcendental (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Otherwise (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Tree House (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Honey For Tea (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Final Request (Poetry)
04th September 2016
If (Poetry)
25th June 2016