The Bell Jar

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

Lightning strikes twice…

Saint Valentine – as you know, dear reader – is the patron saint of beekeeeping, epilepsy and fainting. History does not record why there are so few poems about epilepsy … Continue reading

February 15, 2012 · 8 Comments

Strange girls and poetry challenges

This strange girl, at least, was born to tell YOU what you missed this year in the world of poetry. Stand by for a mammoth blog, as I announce the … Continue reading

December 22, 2011 · 5 Comments

Let them eat cake

What’s that you say? It’s about bloody time I got another book out?  I know, I know. Recent work with talented upstarts like Max Wallis – and a new collaboration … Continue reading

November 24, 2011 · 2 Comments

Pride comes before… ouch!

And why wouldn’t I be? If you didn’t notice that it was National Poetry Day (NPD) on Thursday…. then go and watch this film to make up for it. Or this one. … Continue reading

October 11, 2010 · 2 Comments

Spread the word!

If you can smell something in the autumn air, dear reader, that is because all my projects are coming to fruition at once. And if the days seem shorter, let … Continue reading

September 29, 2010 · 2 Comments

I’m working on my Blackberry (vodka)

You know those signs that you are getting older? The summer seems to end very quickly, the policemen look younger and the meetings for Ledbury Poetry Festival come round much … Continue reading

September 12, 2010 · 2 Comments

The nights are drawing in…

…and at Shambala, where flowers grow large and fine poets thrive, my festival season drew to a close. The poets included the tireless Dreadlockalien, topical Pete the Temp, regal Jean … Continue reading

September 5, 2010 · 1 Comment

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