How did you even find me ?

I can’t believe I actually have traffic ! I assumed I was blogging only for posterity, not popularity. Well, okay, it’s hardly the M25, but at least you can keep crickets company – make yourselves at home, pull up a tumbleweed.

So, welcome all ! Following the opening weekend and bank holiday, the rate of new posts will drop to two per day for this week, and one per day thereafter. That should keep me going for the next two-three years, and then it will drop further to once or twice a week (the rate at which I write them). I’ll also then be blogging new stuff before I add it to the theme pages along the top. I’ll also go back from time to time to add comments on them, and I’ll you know about it here.

As you have no probably guessed, I am new to blogging, and this site will doubtless be further tweaked and prodded, such as finding a way to fit my email address in the sidebar on a single line. But actually, I’m not completely green, as I also contribute to the Pitshanger Poets blog some weeks (though I didn’t set that one up). Feel free to have a nose around, or if you’re in West London you could even attend one of our workshops – they’re every Tuesday evening at the Questors Theatre in Ealing.

Anyway, here’s a bonus poem as a thank you, just in time for Summer –

A Friend in Blend

All through Europe, there I’ll find you.
(Never back in Blighty, mind you.)
Ev’ry café, ev’ry table –
Lipton’s Yellow Label.


St Jerome Writing


The trouble with writing poetry is that there are far more writers of it than there are readers.  So pity the poor editors of literary journals who actually do have to read the stuff.  I can just imagine the brief slump they must experience when opening up my latest submission to find that yet again I have insisted of bloody rhyming.  So I thought I’d do the decent thing and punt them all into the cloud out of the way, where only bored googlers and desperate teachers will be in danger of finding them.

(I ought to say that two poetry websites have featured my in the past: Snakeskin and Lighten Up Online.  Thanks, guys !)

Anyway, I’ll try and upload a new one every few days.  Some of them might even be good.