Eye of the Storm

Hello Everyone! Croeso/Welcome to my new project, ‘Eye of the Storm’. I have long been interested in running courses and days that sets writing in a ‘depth’ context. Those of you who come along to events I run at the Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead – Rhwng: the Point Between events especially – will already know my … More Eye of the Storm

Mark Doty extract

When it comes to posting daily or, at least, regular ‘enrichments’, which I am starting today, here is a passage from a book I love, given to me by my good friend Linda Moss. It is Still Life with Oysters and Lemon by the poet Mark Doty. Like Linda, I love everything I have read … More Mark Doty extract

“Breathing Space” – Writing for Wellbeing Conference

Advance notice – a date for your diary!  “Breathing Space” Writing for Wellbeing Conference November 3rd-5th, 2017 Out of the Blue Writing, in affiliation with The International Academy for Poetry Therapy presents a writing for wellbeing conference in the inspirational setting of Plas Tan y Bwlch, Snowdonia, North Wales. Take time and space to connect … More “Breathing Space” – Writing for Wellbeing Conference


I am spreading the word about this event coming up in September, brought to us by the ever-active Montage writing group on Anglesey/Ysgrifennu Môntage Ynys Môn. I am delighted to be one of the festival tutors – and do take a look at the fabulous line-up of writers and events. There is something for everyone. Full details are … More ANGLESEY MÔNTAGE WRITING FESTIVAL / Gŵyl Ysgrifennu Môntage Ynys Môn


A good friend of mine, Linda Moss, emailed me early this morning. We had, on Friday, been mourning the inauguration of ‘President Trump’ and all that he symbolises, so in her email, she has reminded me of the final lines of my poem ‘Clearing’. Linda, I’m grateful to you – and I still believe it! … More ‘Clearing’

Like Cat and Dog

This poem is about that often amusing dynamic between cats and dogs. The photo is of our cat Lucky, who died some years ago, aged seventeen. He was the inspiration for many poems, including this one. He took liberties, and puzzled our dogs in the process. Like Cat and Dog cat climb high up go where … More Like Cat and Dog

Mental Fly

Thanks to the magazine Raceme for publishing this poem in its No. 4 edition. Watching a fly opened up the theme of mental entrapment – the way our thought-habits can keep us fettered, until we notice the ‘door’ …   Mental Fly A fly buzzes against glass, taps hard, scribbles and dots up and down the … More Mental Fly