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Spring picks from World Poetry Day

Last week, World Poetry Day heralded the beginning of spring here in the Northern hemisphere. People shared lines from their favourite poems and journalists penned poetry-related pieces. Here are five weird and wonderful World Poetry Day picks from around the…

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Recording an audiobook: lessons from the studio

Recording an audiobook version of my poetry collection Limehaven would be fun, I decided. After all, poetry is music. And rhythm and rhyme must be spoken before it can be heard. There’s real joy in reading aloud. All those deliciously…

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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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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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Soul food in cyberspace

The only thing I’ve read lately is the lunch menu at the local sandwich shop. Work has welded me to the Machine. You know the one. You are staring into it. Starved of novels, I’ve been stumbling around the cyber-desert…

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