New poem published on Lonesome October. The Memory.

Lonesome October Lit

Across the river a horse whinnies, reminding her
of the brutish hero in Jane Eyre, of that holiday
on the moors as a girl, walking around the parsonage
the scrawled handwriting behind sealed glass.

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Safe PLaces – Poetry Competition

Happy to be highly commended in this competition. Congatualtions to all the winners and runners up!

The winners were announced on Saturday 10th November at theHope Centre, Sparkbrook Street, Hillfields, Coventry CV1 5LB

Young People’s  Category

Aimee Morley   “Low Low Low”

Runner Up 
Tanya Gupta      “Safe at Last”

Adult Category

Sarah Leavesley    “ Circles and Sandcastles”

Runner Up
Jane Chevous  “Safe Place”

Highly Commended
Anna Bradley  “Ruth”
Rachel Burns   “Fountains Abbey”
David Copson   “Family Album”
Nick Knibb    “Barbershop”

Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Rishi Dastidar

Reading The Wombwell Rainbow blog interviews – love this interview with poet Rishi Dastidar- lovely sense of humour and very honest down to earth answers to the questions.

The Wombwell Rainbow

Wombwell Rainbow Interviews

I am honoured and privileged that the following writers local, national and international have agreed to be interviewed by me. I gave the writers two options: an emailed list of questions or a more fluid interview via messenger.
The usual ground is covered about motivation, daily routines and work ethic, but some surprises too. Some of these poets you may know, others may be new to you. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do.


Rishi Dastidar

Rishi Dastidar’s poetry has been published by Financial Times, New Scientist and the BBC amongst many others. His debut collection Ticker-tape is published by Nine Arches Press, and a poem from it was included in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018. A member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, he is also chair of the London writer development organization Spread The Word.



The Interview

  1. When and…

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New poems in Crannog 49; SOUTHLIGHT; and Poems for the NHS


Happy to report my poetry has found good homes in the following publications. Links to websites underneath.

‘Buddleia on the tracks.’ in Crannog 49.

Three poems in SOUTHLIGHT. Lobsters; Road Trip, January, Antenatal Ward

One poem ‘The Waiting Game’ in the anthology Poems for the NHS.



Call to Prayer

The call to prayer from the mosque’s loudspeaker startles the pigeons. Suliman kicks the dust with his feet. He isn’t ready to go in yet, not yet. Men’s voices can be heard murmuring passages from the Koran in a low, rumbling chant. He hesitates at the entrance. The sound of the muezzin lulls Suliman into a sense of calm, so much so that he almost forgot about yesterday’s troubles and his father’s harsh words. He is jolted back to reality by his father’s voice. “Suliman, hurry up. They are waiting.” His father grabs him roughly by the arm, then ushers …

Source: Call to Prayer

Till We Shine: Review of The Green Hollow at Durham Book Festival

A great review of the Owen Sheers poetry event at the Durham Book Festival by Jamie McKinstry.


On the morning of Friday 21st October 1966 a heap of mining waste shifted and slid down a mountainside into the Welsh village of Aberfan, destroying houses and, most tragically, the local primary school of Pantglas. In total 144 people were killed in the disaster, 116 of them children at the school, along with five of their teachers. Writer Owen Sheers has made this event the subject of his sensitive and surprisingly hopeful work The Green Hollow, which Jamie McKinstry encountered at Durham Book Festival.

As Owen explained to a thoughtful and visibly moved audience in Palace Green Library, the title of his work is in fact a translation of the Welsh ‘Pantglas’, but also contains myriad additional meanings which relate to the tragedy, including the conception of grief as a ‘hollow’ and also the ‘hollow’ that the event left in that community. However, Owen also suggested…

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