Friday, 24 June 2011

Poetry Society - call for an EGM

If you are a member of the PS and want to join the petition for an EGM to ask what's going on, please email Kate Clanchy at

If you have no idea what this is all about,  please visit one of the following web pages (Jane Holland) (Fiona Moore) (Katy Evans-Bush)

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Reading University Fine Art Degree Show 2011

The annual Undergraduate and Masters degree show is on until 24 June, every day 10am to 4pm at Earley Gate. The usual mix of excellence, invention, pastiche and the pedestrian, which proves one thing - art like poetry is very much a matter of taste: what I like, you might hate and visa versa. This is the work that engaged me most this year as sculpture (apologies to the artist, I forgot to write down the name - but query Kara Dennis).

Friday, 17 June 2011

More Forthcoming Poetry Readings

As part of the Brickwork Poets readings, I will be at:

Write Angle, Petersfield on 19 July at 7.30pm (details here,  and

Battle Library, Reading on 21 July at 10.30am.

Come along and enjoy our conversations in poetry. You can find more information about the Brickwork Poets at

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Forthcoming Poetry Readings in Reading

I will be reading next on 13 July at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), Redlands Road, Reading at 6.30pm and hopefully in the garden if it's a lovely evening. This is the latest Two Rivers Press Reading Poetry anthology reading.  My fellow readers are Peter Robinson, Susan Utting and AF Harrold. I look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Ai WeiWei - Zodiac Heads

Ai's huge bronze heads of animals from the Chinese zodiac form a semi-circle in the courtyard of Somerset House this summer. They are intriguing and somewhat scary. I am year of the tiger (which looks rather ursine) 

but my favourite was the dragon.

Worth swinging by and taking a look at your birth year animal if you are in the vicinity at any point in the next couple of months. We know where the heads are, but where's their creator?

Monday, 6 June 2011

River of Stones - July 2011

I am getting excited about Fiona and Kaspar's July challenge to write a small stone every day next month. The Work - Jewels page on this blog contains the stones (I called them jewels, just to be awkward and different) I wrote during the January 2011 project. Join in. Read more about paying proper attention here

Biggar Poetry Garden

I am delighted to have poems in the Biggar Poetry Garden this summer. If you live near Biggar (South Lanarkshire, Scotland for the benefit of non UK readers), you might like to pass by, take a read and enjoy the garden. If not, you might like to visit the virtual garden here and look for the current submissions. Enjoy! I hope to on my way to the Edinburgh festival in August.