Monthly Archives: May 2014

He was Jimmy to his Oppos

My father’s memory is fading. I find two old books that are new to me, on the shelves of my parents’ front room. One, a tattered Bible, claret cover, and is inside inscribed: 3011, Private S. Mitchell of West Yorkshire [Regiment]. from Mrs … Continue reading

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Possibly May – a Cut-Out Poem

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All Afternoon, Not Elsewhere – a Cut-Out Poem

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Illustration Friday – Retro

Well hey I know it’s not Friday, but this is Illustration Friday – my first foray into the world of ‘nominated subject and submit’. Here’s my piece to the subject ‘Retro’. I wanted to work with fever-inducing primary colours, and … Continue reading

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Norway Street, a Cut-Out Poem

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Drawing Outside

There’s a spot in the garden, behind the outhouses (the old Victorian khazis) where in the afternoon there is a perfect square of shade. I took my drawing block outside and sat by the new shed with coffee in reach … Continue reading

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Short Interview with a Pheasant

Here’s a share of something I’m working on right now – a project that’s been looking for a format for, ooh, years, really… has been tugging at my sleeve everyday in some way, since I scribbled lines of dialogue and … Continue reading

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How to Put Up a Shed

Begin with level ground. I prepared this area (picture below) almost two years ago, using paving slabs rescued from a skip, retrieved with the help of a kind neighbour. It was just before the Diamond Jubilee. I remember I was … Continue reading

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Found Poem 8

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Bibby the Cat Has Moved

Bibby the cat has moved house. It’s a defining feature of living where we live, in this hashtag of quiet little roads, in the middle of a jingling of rentals. Cats become a signifier of homeliness; in turn a feeling … Continue reading

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