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Orpheus Plays – a post for the International Day of Peace

Orpheus Plays 1: Callander Poetry Festival 2006 For Iyad Haiatley, a Palestinian poet, finally granted political asylum in December 2006 Poetry in the Garden starts when Colin strikes the small Tibetan bowl. The warmed and singing bronze awakes a humming clarity, which sounds through noise of knife and fork, book sales, poets checking one another… Read More »

Poetry News

This photo was taken by my friend Edwin Stockdale ( a very promising poet in his own right, whose pamphlet Aventurine was published by Red Squirrel last year), at the launch of The Territory of Rain last Friday. Behind me you can see the shelves of King’s Bookshop where the Callander Poetry Weekend takes place,… Read More »

Half a Hundred Herbs Week 19 – Comfrey

This is the wild plant growing along the river bank, about ten minutes walk away, very lush and often full of bees. Comfrey has always been a much valued herb, with healing properties which sound nothing short of miraculous – it was considered good for burns, wounds, bruises and broken bones, and was given for… Read More »

Dark Mountain Showcase at Wenlock Poetry Festival

On Saturday  26th April I will be taking part in this event: Dark Mountain Showcase The Dark Mountain Project is an international network of writers and artists with a radical vision, offering up stories for an age of environmental and social crisis.  This event, chaired by Nick Hunt and presenting Elizabeth Rimmer, Susan Richardson, Sophie… Read More »

Half a Hundred Herbs – Week 13 Nettle

As the dandelions haven’t obliged, we move on to the nettle. Of course these little beauties have grown bigger since this photo was taken, but they are just coming into their own. Malevolent as they might seem – and I have known them sting through heavy duty leather gardening gloves –  I am doing more… Read More »