Tag Archives: Poetry

‘Scene After the Battle’ – why we cannot let the 11/11/2018 be the end of the story…

My book, Shell Shocked Britain,¬†was published by Pen and Sword Books four years ago, but it was always about the legacy of the Great War, rather than a history of the war itself. I have been talking to groups recently, … Continue reading

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Ode to a Chestnut…

Back to blogging, and back to writing. Be patient with me – since moving to France my fingers have been slow to get moving across the keyboard or notebook. Things are warming up though, as the days get colder and, … Continue reading

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Gratitude or hope? A poem for #Christmas 2017 – ‘Ring out wild bells’ In memorium 106 by Tennyson

I have been going over my old Christmas posts on my blog. It seems the right time of year to begin a review of the things I have written this year and the issues that have mattered to me. In … Continue reading

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Hoping ‘…it passes smoothly, quietly’ – on the anniversary of John Keats’s birth, his birthday wish ‘To my brothers’

Today marks the birthday of the poet John Keats. He was born on 31st October (the day is not absolutely established, but most likely) 1795 in Moorgate, London and he died just 25 years later, in Rome. During that period … Continue reading

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On death, dying and being afraid of life…

Some thoughts on death and dying, and why perhaps I am more afraid of life… Continue reading

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“The door we never opened”- how poetry heals past and present for a better future. by Vivienne Tuffnell

Today on Nowriggling I am thrilled to have a guest post by Vivienne Tuffnell. Viv has written for me before, not least as part of Dandelions & Bad Hair Days (I have to thank her for that title) and more … Continue reading

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‘After great pain’…On loss and grief and working my way through it…

On the death of my Mum, with a little help from Emily Dickinson Continue reading

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