Poetry Rollercoaster

Poetry Rollercoaster

The events to launch THIS PLACE I KNOW have been a whole lot of fun and utterly inspiring.  Any doubts I might have had as to whether this anthology truly represented the spirit of 21st Century Cumbrian poetry evaporated as, at every event from Maryport to Kendal,...
THIS PLACE I KNOW is published

THIS PLACE I KNOW is published

I am thrilled to announce that THIS PLACE I KNOW, A new anthology of Cumbrian Poetry, was published on October 1st.  Exciting times!  Kerry Darbishire, Kim Moore and I have spent a busy year gathering together the very best contemporary poetry by writers from every...
We’re getting very excited

We’re getting very excited

Kerry Darbishire and I met yesterday to make final preparations for the launch of Kay’s Ark. It will be on sale from September 19th – not long now! To say that this book has been a labour of love sounds like a cliché, but in this case it truly has.  Kerry tells the...
Irvine Hunt – Writing Every Day

Irvine Hunt – Writing Every Day

Here’s Irvine Hunt, reading from his latest novel, The Ghost Show.   He is now well into his eighties.  We talk regularly on the phone and Irvine tells me that he continues to write every day.  I am giving a talk to Years 7 and 8 at Settlebeck School in Sedbergh at...
A Cake for the Author

A Cake for the Author

Lots of Helen Shacklady’s friends and supporters came to join in celebrating the launch of her book ULVERSTON – An English Market Town Through History at the Coronation Hall, last night. In true Ulverston style there was poetry, music, a quiz designed by quizmaster...