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Here you will find photographs, poems, a small selection of previously unpublished short fiction and a few examples of my illustrated poetry.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: 24-01-16 & 25-01-16 & 01-02-16

16 poems added to the Poetry & Prose pages
Featured poem changed

Featured poem:


For Terry Wogan

Some day, maybe, I’ll turn the dial again
and find you — your so-familiar voice
breaking through the multi-layered static

for I dream that signal’s out there —
bouncing back and forth between the planets
while the whole universe is turning
                                        and tuning in
to those good old songs from the sixties
                                        the seventies remembered
and the banter still trips smoothly
from your tongue.

Out there — floating ocean-deep in space
there’s a never-ending wavelength
reaching all who can receive and want to listen
they’ll catch your top o’ the morning greeting
that somehow parts their darkness — filters through
even where there is no night or day
and time means nothing
all the while warm human sounds persist —
                                        words and music mix
to soothe the empty ache
and give a shape to each fond echo
from every broadcast that exists
                                        beyond the range men think
anyone can hear.

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.


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.

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Poetry & Prose

Winter Tree (Poetry)
25th January 2016
First Night (Poetry)
25th January 2016
The Whore Inside (Poetry)
25th January 2016
Faux Town (Poetry)
25th January 2016
A Dream Of Snow (Poetry)
25th January 2016
Rough Draft (Poetry)
25th January 2016
Following The Sun (Poetry)
25th January 2016
Someone Else (Poetry)
25th January 2016
The Last Scarecrow (Poetry)
25th January 2016
Always Home (Poetry)
25th January 2016
Street Life (Poetry)
25th January 2016
Perspective (Poetry)
25th January 2016
A Lack Of Goodwill (Poetry)
24th January 2016
Rocking With Lemmy (Poetry)
01st January 2016
Homeland (Poetry)
27th December 2015
The Gap In My Shadow (Poetry)
27th December 2015
Homage (Poetry)
27th December 2015
Hove To, Dreamboat (Poetry)
27th December 2015
Hollow (Poetry)
27th December 2015
A Wall Of Heads (Poetry)
27th December 2015
How It Was (Poetry)
27th December 2015
Talking Head (Poetry)
27th December 2015
The Donkey's Tale (Poetry)
23rd December 2015
SAD (Poetry)
29th November 2015
Communal Bathing (Poetry)
29th November 2015
Rift (Poetry)
29th November 2015
Not Yet Famous (Poetry)
29th November 2015
Rehearsing Alfresco (Poetry)
29th November 2015
Rations (Poetry)
29th November 2015
Showing Mercy (Poetry)
29th November 2015
Rising (Poetry)
29th November 2015
Relatively Sane (Poetry)
29th November 2015
Riding Out The Storm (Poetry)
29th November 2015
Release (Poetry)
29th November 2015
Salmon Leap (Poetry)
29th November 2015
An Absence Of Resolve (Poetry)
29th November 2015
A Story In Marble (Poetry)
29th November 2015
Rescue (Poetry)
29th November 2015