A Tribute to Buttons

Hello Poetry Lovers Now I don’t mean that well-meaning, if irritating, character who loved Cinderella, I mean Buttons, the ones on our coats and cardigans. Or not, as the wonderful poet Trisha Broomfield points out in this superb and beautifully written piece. So many memories in this poem, especially with the button tin. Who doesn’tContinue reading “A Tribute to Buttons”

The Network Theatre

Hello Poetry Lovers Yes, I have been getting around lately, and I want to tell you about last Sunday at the Network Theatre. An amazing theatre, established for 80 years, under the railway arches of Waterloo and us poets were thrilled to discover this great venue. With thanks to Alain English and Jason Why whoContinue reading “The Network Theatre”

Celine’s Salon Launch

Hello Poetry Lovers I went to Celine’s terrific launch on Tuesday 13th September at The Blue Posts in the heart of Soho. Although some say Soho has been sanitised somewhat, I really think this square mile still has a certain allure. Nostalgia? Mystique? Simply intriguing? Whatever anyone thinks, there’s definitely a vibrant and creative sceneContinue reading “Celine’s Salon Launch”

Poems for Ukraine

Hello Poetry Lovers We had a great night at the Willoughby Arms in Kingston on Friday, where Poetry Performance launched our anthology Poems for Ukraine. A stunning collection of poems about the current situation in Ukraine, with proceeds going to British-Ukraine Aid. Full of strong pieces, there’s a particularly ruthless poet on page 60! KickingContinue reading “Poems for Ukraine”

The Sealey Challenge part II

Hello Poetry Lovers Well, what can I say about the Sealey Challenge 2022?! Only that I miss it already. A great and innovative journey bringing such awareness of poetry. For the uninitiated, the Sealey Challenge is to read a poetry pamphlet every day of August. I’m sure you’ve worked out yourself that that is 31Continue reading “The Sealey Challenge part II”

Dobby’s Tribute

Hello Poetry Lovers A short post today featuring Dobby’s tribute to The Queen. Dobby and Fish have been terribly upset by our nation’s loss and how overnight the world changed for us. Therefore we present Dobby’s favourite poem, an old classic. Pussycat pussycat, where have you been? I’ve been up to London to visit theContinue reading “Dobby’s Tribute”

My Night Out with Martin Figura

Yes, Poetry Lovers, you heard right. Martin Figura came to visit us on Sunday night at the Adelaide. A great night of poetry as Martin blew us away as featured poet. How I’d been longing for him to come to Teddington and he did not disappoint. It was a night of great poetry all round,Continue reading “My Night Out with Martin Figura”

The Balham Experience

Hello Poetry Lovers Well, I’ve knocked around the poetry business for some years (since 2017 anyway), and thought I’d seen it all, but today I had a brand new poetry experience. Lovely poet Hannah Stanislaus organised a poetry event for Cancer Research in Balham High Street. What I didn’t realise was that it was aContinue reading “The Balham Experience”

The Letter from Hell

Hello Poetry Lovers As you know, I’ve been doing the Sealey Challenge, but not only that, I’ve been writing a prompt for every day of August. Puff! Set by the wonderful @rzu on Instagram, I have been going flat out. I thought I would share one or two with you. The first is A LetterContinue reading “The Letter from Hell”

The Sealey Challenge (part one)

Hello Poetry Lovers I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying the Sealey Challenge. For the unenlightened, one has to read a poetry pamphlet every day for 31 days of August. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, not the easy feat it first sounded. Not to mention running out of books! However, August is flyingContinue reading “The Sealey Challenge (part one)”