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Here you will find photographs, poems, a small selection of previously unpublished short fiction and a few examples of my illustrated poetry.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: 01-06-16 & 25-06-16

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

Featured poem:

IF

If you will seek the truth
when all about are spreading foolish lies
if you still feel the sun
despite the black and overbearing skies
if you can see some good
when others seem convinced the world’s gone bad
then you’ll discover how
to live your life — be happy and feel glad.

If you can help someone
to understand the rules and play the game —
that it’s democracy
that serves us all and treats us all the same
if you can take a loss
and just accept there’s times you will not win
if you can finish well
those gruelling tasks you’d rather not begin ...

If you have true respect
for those opinions different from your own
if you’re not blind and deaf
to reason when outnumbered or alone
if you can keep your calm
when life is rough yet find some sense in it
if you’re all that — and more
then, hand on heart, you are a pukka Brit.

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.

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Poetry & Prose

If (Poetry)
25th June 2016
Blizzard (Poetry)
01st June 2016
Cold Spring (Poetry)
01st June 2016
In Transit (Poetry)
01st June 2016
Chrysalis (Poetry)
01st June 2016
Easter Rising (Poetry)
20th March 2016
China Children (Poetry)
20th March 2016
Swamp Fever (Poetry)
20th March 2016
The Last Straw (Poetry)
20th March 2016
Last Post (Poetry)
20th March 2016
Scene At Dusk (Poetry)
20th March 2016
A Sudden Lull (Poetry)
20th March 2016
Life As A Rose (Poetry)
20th March 2016
Late Closing (Poetry)
20th March 2016
The Gods Of War (Poetry)
21st February 2016
In Retrospect (Poetry)
21st February 2016
Alternative Ending (Poetry)
21st February 2016
To A Red Red Robin (Poetry)
21st February 2016
The Lost Babies (Poetry)
21st February 2016
Love In Winter (Poetry)
21st February 2016
Equal Shares (Poetry)
21st February 2016
My God (Poetry)
21st February 2016
Under Cover (Poetry)
21st February 2016
Lovers Leap (Poetry)
21st February 2016
Faux Town (Poetry)
25th January 2016
Rough Draft (Poetry)
25th January 2016
Perspective (Poetry)
25th January 2016
The Whore Inside (Poetry)
25th January 2016
Street Life (Poetry)
25th January 2016
Always Home (Poetry)
25th January 2016
Following The Sun (Poetry)
25th January 2016
Someone Else (Poetry)
25th January 2016