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Here you will find photographs, poems, a small selection of previously unpublished short fiction and a few examples of my illustrated poetry.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: 20-04-14

23 poems added to the Poetry & Prose pages
1 poem added to the Poetry for Kids page
Featured Poem changed

EMERGENCY TRANSFER OF EVICTED ANIMALS

On Wednesday 29th January 2014, more than 300 animals were evicted when a mortgage company foreclosed on the Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary in County Durham. Apparently negotiations to allow the animal to stay on the farm failed and both the owner and the animals were given just 14 days to find another home.

In the face of such a heartless action, it is very fortunate that Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich have stepped in to rescue these animal, which include horses, donkeys, ponies, alpacas, sheep, goats and pigs. Hillside has been arranging transport for all these, as well as smaller animals who Rainbow Ark have not been able to rehome locally.

With such a large influx of animals to take care of, Hillside and their patron Martin Shaw are launching an urgent plea to their many supporters for additional funds. These poor animals have literally nowhere else to go.

If you are reading this and wish to support this rescue, please go to Hillside’s website www.hillside.org.uk or contact them at Hill Top Farm, Hall Lane, Frettenham, Norwich NR12 7LT

PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN. THANK YOU.

Featured poem:

A RABBIT IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE

In that wild garden where he walked
a rabbit crouched deep in the grass —
a timid creature small and grey
who watched the man as he went past.

Sole witness to the stranger’s prayers
he saw the light around him shine
ears cocked to capture every word
he sensed that Jesus was divine...

and through the long night’s vigil kept
close company — a silent friend
whose tiny heart beat strong and sure
as though he knew — could comprehend

each sigh of sorrow and distress
so offered comfort of a kind
and in the dark the stranger shared
those doubts and fears that filled his mind.

Thus they bonded — came to trust
and when the stranger took his leave
the rabbit waited patiently
for three whole days — in hope believed

he would return. Then welcomed him —
the first to ‘know’ him — recognise
the transformation of his friend —
the rabbit’s instinct true and wise.

*****

That eventide along the path
disciples came to offer prayers
and found a host of flowers sprung —
blue larkspur growing everywhere.

And at the centre of each bloom
the rabbit’s image to remind
that love and loyalty, hope and joy
are not exclusive to mankind.


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.


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

Ties (Poetry)
20th April 2014
Out Of Reach (Poetry)
20th April 2014
Nightwatch (Poetry)
20th April 2014
Leavings (Poetry)
20th April 2014
Pet Shop Perils (Poetry)
20th April 2014

Various locations
Various locations
[Last updated: 30th June 2011]
This group contains sets of photos taken in various towns, villages and places of interest. The thumbnail is from the most recent set.
Horsham
Horsham
[Last updated: 21st May 2009]
This group contains sets of photos taken around Horsham. The thumbnail features an image from the most recent set uploaded to this group.
Coastal locations
Coastal locations
[Last updated: 2nd May 2008]
This group contains sets of photos taken at coastal locations. The thumbnail features an image from the most recent set uploaded to this group.