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Five books that inspired me

Five books that inspired me

Thanks to The Journal's Culture magazine for inviting me to write an article for their June Readers' Lives feature. Writing about books that inspired me was a real pleasure - the challenge was limiting myself to just five books! Read…

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Three reasons to read poetry

Three reasons to read poetry

Spring has arrived in this windswept corner of the UK. There’s a dusting of blossom in the park, the willow trees are coming into leaf and the birds are all aflutter. It is April - national poetry month! To celebrate,…

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Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

I overdid it this winter. Hunkered down. Feasted. Forgot to move. A whiff of spring and I’m waking up. My body craves soup, my heart, simple nourishment. No doorstep sandwiches or difficult novels for me. I’m writing haiku and reading…

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Sea haiku madness at THE IRON AGE festival

Sea haiku madness at THE IRON AGE festival

On Saturday I set sail on the squally seas in a Cullercoats fishing boat. I sit in my warm study, contemplating the weather. Wind whips round the yard, rattling the chains of the hanging baskets. Rain lashes the window. This…

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