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Here you will find photographs, poems, a small selection of previously unpublished short fiction and a few examples of my illustrated poetry.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: 23-03-14

13 poems added to the Poetry & Prose pages
1 poem added to the Modern page
1 poem added to the Poetry for Kids page
1 poem added to the Guest Poets pages (Simon John Harvey)
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:

HIDE AND SEEK

I see with the inner eye
what isn’t there
define the outline
colour in
with all those inbetween shades
the language paintbox lacks
for imagination.

The more I stare
the more believable she becomes
in all her now-you-see-me-
now-you-don’t
playful magic trembling
on perception’s very edge
so eye-blink sensitive.

I glimpsed the woman
in the tree
and for that second
she saw me
before she hid again — absorbed
like breath drawn in
to leaf and branch
limb matched to nubile limb.

I still see her there —
her face her hands and hair
and fascinated join the endless game —
just keep on looking
                                looking...


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

Were (Poetry)
23rd March 2014
Hourglass (Poetry)
23rd March 2014
The Immortals (Poetry)
23rd March 2014
Hide And Seek (Poetry)
23rd March 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.