Stop Look Listen: Today is World Listening Day


In honour of World Listening Day today, which has the theme of listening to water, I am adding this poem of mine originally posted on poloroidblipfoto on 1 June 2015.

Stop Look Listen

Stop, for a moment
Look how the rain sweeps across our view
Listen to the wind crashing against our window

Listen to the swoosh of tyres on the road below
Look at lucky us, warm and cosy with our mugs of tea
Stop for a moment, listen, look


A Watery Poem for National Poetry Day (3 October 2013)

In preparation for National Poetry Day, my friend, Karen, has recorded me reading one of my poems, Puddles in the Playground from Double Talk, and turned it into a video, and here it is.

National Poetry Day 3 October 2013

National Poetry Day is an annual event.  This year the theme is Water.

If you’re a teacher, there are resources available to help you think about what you could be doing with your class or school here:

Also information on the Poetry Society’s website here:

Of course the way to really bring your lessons alive is to book a poet for the day.

Here’s a rondel from my book Wanted Alive, also available with a picture on

Something To Look Forward To

Someday the sun will shine.
We’ll step out and not get wet.
One day, but not just yet,
the weather will be fine.

That day will be yours and mine.
We’ll sunbathe. Joyfully sweat.
Someday the sun will shine.
We’ll step out and not get wet.

So don’t grumble. Don’t whine.
Don’t lose hope. Don’t fret.
Things will get better. You bet.

Look for an omen. A sign.
Someday the sun will shine.
We’ll step out and not get wet.

Driftnet Poets and Friends Saturday 3 March 8pm @ Ropery Hall, North Lincolnshire

Driftnet Poets and Friends Saturday 3 March 2012 8pm @ Ropery Hall, The Ropewalk, Maltkiln Road, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire DN18 5JT

Driftnet Poets and Friends present an evening of Poetry, Music and Song. The evening is in support of WaterAid 8pm £5/£7 on the door

Driftnet Poets have put together a cornucopia of words and music, inviting some of their friends to join them on stage in support of WaterAid.

Performing together for more than 10 years, all six Driftnet Poets write in a variety of styles which translate from page to stage to great effect.

Merlin’s Keep from Grimsby has four albums behind them and members are continually writing new material to add to their popular repertoire.

Trevor Millum and Bernard Young have worked together for many years as the duo Double Talk. Their witty poetry takes a light-hearted but sometimes barbed look at life.

Roger Beard has been singing and playing around the country for many years, performing traditional and contemporary folk alongside acoustic versions of rock classics.

This performance will include new work created especially for the occasion.

All proceeds will go to WaterAid – come along and share a special evening in support of a vital cause. Together we can make changes.

Tickets from Ropery Hall website: