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Here you will find photographs, poems, a small selection of previously unpublished short fiction and a few examples of my illustrated poetry.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: 30-11-14

13 poems added to the Poetry & Prose pages
2 poems added to the Poetry for Kids page
4 poems added to the Modern page
1 poem added to the Gothic Fish page
Featured Poem changed

Featured poem:

MIRACLE ALLEY

They found the bundle in an alley
wrapped in yards of filthy rags
nestled deep in crime’s confusion
stained by spills from garbage bags.

Abandoned with the dregs of living —
all that classed as household waste —
shame consigned to one small parcel
whose ownership could not be traced.

A stillborn — blameless in perfection
with not a mark or sign of blood
it lay contained in isolation
wringing pain from those who stood

around the find and gazed upon it
struck by beauty — held in awe
less by horror than compassion —
such sympathy not felt before.

A woman knelt, her eyes grown tender
and gently eased the luckless child
from its shroud. Held close that body
stiff and cold yet undefiled

against her skin to soothe the sorrow
share her warmth and kindness with
a scrap of human flesh who’d never
known such love was there to give.

The woman rocked the tiny infant
her husband wrapped his old worn coat
around them both — his own emotion
caught up wordless in his throat.

The group of homeless gathered silent
as mythic kings and shepherds might
in witness to a strange encounter
unfolding on a winter’s night.

They shivered, watchful and expectant
heard the woman’s anguished sigh
and then the miracle presented —
the baby uttered its first cry.

It moved! — She felt its spirit flutter
like a bird called home to rest
and all were touched and filled with wonder
as he suckled at her breast.

Their lived were changed. He brought them riches
more than can be stored on earth.
He gave them hope and dreams to follow
made them feel that life’s true worth

is something more than mere possessions
for that which some have thrown away
can be retrieved — restored and treasured —
received with love each Christmas Day.


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

Miracle Alley (Poetry)
30th November 2014
Forecast (Poetry)
30th November 2014
Top Of The Pops (Poetry)
30th November 2014
Invasion (Poetry)
30th November 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.