Welcome to my website!
Here you will find photographs, poems, a small selection of previously unpublished short fiction and a few examples of my illustrated poetry.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: 10-08-14 & 11-08-14 & 18-08-14
2 poems added to the Guest Poets pages (Simon John Harvey and Allan Smith)
1 poem added to poetry & Prose pages
Featured poem changed
DEATH OF A MOVIE STAR
i.m. Robin Williams
We’ve been watching your films
these past few nights
the miracle of capture — all those scenes
and wondering how much was you
how thin the layer of pretence —
their words, your face and tears.
Now flesh is gone — your memory’s
a digital enhancement of a life
saved for nostalgic evenings
playing you. We watch
and watch again
and maybe catch a glimpse of who
you were — the man just passing through
the camera’s lens to touch
a knowing nerve.
All keepsakes. Magic picture shows.
A world within a darkened room
image-bright and colour-true
down to the final cut.
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
Please buy this book, help Macmillan Cancer Support, and enjoy some wonderful poetry.
(Just click on the image below)