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2021-03-01 15:00
Wikipedia, and the Internet generally, are dangerous things. Yesterday, I heard the end of Tess of the D'Urbervilles on Radio 4, and looked it up online, never having read it. Wikipedia… Read More
2021-03-01 13:28
A bit late, I know, but the sun's starting to break through, and there are daffodils out, so Happy St David's Day! Read More
What I Do To Get Through
2021-02-25 11:17
I'm proud and delighted to say that I was one of the many contributors to the above book, What I Do To Get Through, edited by Olivia Sagan and James Withey. It's a book about different appro… Read More
2021-02-23 13:24
Someone on Twitter posted this link the other day – it's a little compendium of thoughts on writing and writers (and indeed, creativity and life more generally). It comes from a huge v… Read More
2021-02-20 12:16
One of my poems, Starlings, from my last collection The Elephant Tests, is featured today on Purple Crow, which you can read more about here and here.Purple Crow promises to deliver all… Read More
2021-02-18 09:56
OK, I know I've said this before, but I've decided it's time to start using this blog again, and for the reason I initially set it up - to talk about poetry, mainly, although there will be d… Read More
2020-11-08 19:09
I think I've mentioned my admiration for the podcast Backlisted on here before. I've certainly mentioned my admiration for George and Weedon Grossmith's wonderful The Diary of a Nobody.A rec… Read More
2020-10-02 16:40
I was very sad to hear of the death of poet Derek Mahon earlier today, after a short illness.Here's what The Guardian had to say about him, and here's the story from The Irish Times.I like a… Read More
2020-09-18 11:02
Over the last year or two, I've been trying to trace some family history, and at the end of last year, I sent off for one of's DNA tests. When the results came back, there… Read More
2020-07-16 08:00
Last weekend, as I was going to bed, I noticed a very bright light in the northern sky, not that far above the horizon. I stupidly assumed it was Venus or Jupiter, and that it was looking sl… Read More

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