A Speech of Birds

Victoria Field’s new poetry collection was published this year. I’m delighted to share a short conversation piece about the book and one poem in particular. You can buy a copy of the collection here. I’ve been enjoying your new collection A Speech of Birds, Vicky, and find a playful levity present along with such weightier themes of … More A Speech of Birds


            Blackthorn is muscular all year flexing         macho bones                     angles                              points but       in May blackthorn turns transvestite all froth of frocks        all bridal bright all frilly and            all lady-like     all May Ball Queen in petal white From Fiona Owen, O My Swan (pamphlet, out of print).

Fireworks and dogs

Our collie Beca shook and panted for an hour last night due to local fireworks, and I can see from Facebook how many other dog owners are experiencing similar with their frightened dogs this weekend, with more to come, I suppose, on 5th November. It reminds me of a poem I wrote some years ago, … More Fireworks and dogs


Snowdrops are up in our garden, already, because, I suppose, it is so mild, and they make me think of the poem by Waldo Williams, where he endows this small flower with courage because, for all its delicacy and ‘modesty’, it still pushes through hard, inhospitable conditions – winter earth –  ‘like steel’ to lead … More Eirlysiau

Dad’s Mahonia

Every year, 22nd November marks the day on which my dad died in 2004. It’s been fourteen years now. Mum followed five years later. It was as if something in her began to leave soon after Dad passed …  The mahonia in our garden is one that Dad gave us years ago. It’s still here, … More Dad’s Mahonia

Something of the day – seed, flower, fruit

There’s that Zen saying ‘No seed ever sees the flower’ and I’m thinking, in this season of mellow fruitfulness, about transformation, like the caterpillar and its transmogrification to butterfly. How could it ever foresee itself as the latter when living as the former? How can the crab apple seed dream itself as blossom or fruit? … More Something of the day – seed, flower, fruit