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Here you will find photographs, poems, a small selection of previously unpublished short fiction and a few examples of my illustrated poetry.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: 04-09-16 & 25-06-16

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

Featured poem:


I sent my soul out travelling
deep into sunset woods
among the brambles and the ferns
where thrush and blackbird broods
on April’s scattering of nests
hid safe from eyes that pry
and dying day streaks spills of red
to bloody primrose sky.

So quiet. So very quiet and still
nobody trespassed where
flat water spread its mirror grey
and willows dipped green hair.
For one long moment all was peace
nothing broke the calm
as Nature settled for the night
with neither pang nor qualm.

In awe my soul tiptoed away
and left the tranquil scene
inviolate — as virginal
as Eden might have been
before contamination —
humanity’s disease
killing off the wildlife
and savaging the trees.

I trawl for scraps of wilderness —
map islands in my head
observe each butterfly and bee
I’m weightless as I tread
in places where the soul roams free
seeking peace of mind
my body’s clumsy bags of flesh
like luggage left behind.

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

THe TRouble is...(Poetry)
04th September 2016
Hardly Disabled (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Tree House (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Final Request (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Otherwise (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Borrowed Memories (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Apathy (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Theft Of Days (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Transcendental (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Left Luggage (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Shoe Box (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Honey For Tea (Poetry)
04th September 2016
Fruitless (Poetry)
04th September 2016
If (Poetry)
25th June 2016
In Transit (Poetry)
01st June 2016
Blizzard (Poetry)
01st June 2016
Cold Spring (Poetry)
01st June 2016
Chrysalis (Poetry)
01st June 2016
Last Post (Poetry)
20th March 2016
The Last Straw (Poetry)
20th March 2016
Late Closing (Poetry)
20th March 2016
Easter Rising (Poetry)
20th March 2016
China Children (Poetry)
20th March 2016
Life As A Rose (Poetry)
20th March 2016
Scene At Dusk (Poetry)
20th March 2016
A Sudden Lull (Poetry)
20th March 2016
Swamp Fever (Poetry)
20th March 2016
To A Red Red Robin (Poetry)
21st February 2016
Lovers Leap (Poetry)
21st February 2016
The Lost Babies (Poetry)
21st February 2016
Under Cover (Poetry)
21st February 2016
My God (Poetry)
21st February 2016
Love In Winter (Poetry)
21st February 2016