Category Archives: Cheer yourself up

W.B Yeats – his riverside haunts.

Lovely weather and a wonderful whistle stop walk and talk with Cahal Dallat as part of the Bedford Park Festival last Sunday. The joy of the event was Cahal’s passion, knowledge and interest in his subject. We started by way … Continue reading

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The Open Garden Squares Weekend

Can’t believe my luck. I have been given one of The Poetry School’s (http://www.poetryschool.com/) mini residences, called Mixed Borders, for poets to write in London for the Open Garden Square Weekend 13th and 14th June. (http://www.opensquares.org/index.html) Three weeks or so … Continue reading

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The Looking Glass House, City Books and Happiness!

I am really looking forward to curling up and reading  ‘The Looking Glass House’ by Vanessa Tait who is the only great granddaughter of Alice Liddell. Her novel has just come out and according to the book’s blurb, throws new … Continue reading

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Happiness is growing things.

The allotment has been a been a bit neglected recently as I’ve been a bit poorly and then had to summon all my energy to go to poetry writing at Arvon. But there it was today looking brilliant.         

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Gillian Beer – Darwin and Alice in Wonderland.

Gillian Beer with both warmth and humour  launched into quotes from ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’ and and continued to open up ‘new approaches to Darwin’s thinking and to its effects on the culture of his contemporaries’ both in her talk … Continue reading

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Pighog and Red Hen Press – great atmosphere, fabulous poets

Michaela Ridgway not only does all the work behind the scenes but then hosts the event. On Thursday last we had  six open micers followed by one of the featured poets Robin Houghton with her stunning 20 minute set. Robin’s poetry has appeared in … Continue reading

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Re-cycling creative writing – ‘The hole in the wall.’

Just found a whole pile of rough illustrations I did for ‘The Hole in the Wall.’  There was one pic. missing  so I’ve  just drawn another one, which brought back happy memories of making the original at Arvon many moons … Continue reading

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April in Lewes

Well it could have been April in Paris, the sun, the accordion, the olde worlde bookshop.    

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Falling in love in Lewes

     Fingers pluck a rhythmic tune eyes meet, bodies move love comes in many guises.           

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Easter Greetings and a Garden Verse

I remember about ten years ago giving my mother an Easter card with the following verse I had written inside. “Goodness” she said “I didn’t know you had it in you”. An English Cottage Garden I could sit here in … Continue reading

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