Helping Seniors and Vulnerable Adults Stay Connected

I’ve been running creative writing and poetry discussion groups for over twenty years. I’ve specialised in working with vulnerable adults and ‘hard to reach’ learners in environments such as prisons, homeless shelters and psychiatric wards. Most recently I’ve been working with seniors and elders within my community. The Covid-19 outbreak has forced the closure ofContinue reading “Helping Seniors and Vulnerable Adults Stay Connected”

Journey Works

“…It’s time we left this land of stoats and toads this kingdom of weasels this province of voles …” from Body 115 #journeyworks photo: Meghan Desmond 09 SEPT | ITALY Studio Carlo Rea Via Petrara 62024 Matelica Marche, Italia 19:00 h 29 SEPT | MARGATE  101 Social 101 Northdown Rd, Margate, CT9 2QY 18:00 hContinue reading “Journey Works”

London to Milan, Newcastle to New York…

Friends, I will be giving a first draft reading of a newly commissioned ‘journey work’ on the opening night of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Friday 7 June 2019.  This new poetic monologue, commissioned by Professor Maggie Rose of Università degli Studi di Milano, will be adapted for the stage and showcased in Milan in 2020.Continue reading “London to Milan, Newcastle to New York…”

This is Piazzale Loreto…

This is the spot where Mussolini was strung up at the end of the second world war. This is also Piazza Quindici Martiri where the bodies of fifteen ordinary Milanese civilians, killed by the fascists in retaliation for partisan activity, had been put on public display as a warning by Il Duce’s henchmen one yearContinue reading “This is Piazzale Loreto…”

This is Steve Micalef…

He is the greatest poet in London. He may not be the best poet in London but he is undoubtedly the greatest. He has never had any aspirations to be either, he has gone out of his way to be neither. He hasn’t wasted time or money entering competitions, he would never consider submitting carefulContinue reading “This is Steve Micalef…”

Mr Happy and Mr Tickle

Poetry should be ignored. Like the interesting kid in the playground. Leave it alone. It’s quite happy playing by itself. If you want to join in, fine, it can be fun, but it can also be confusing, boring, troubling and upsetting. Which is why it’s generally, and at times best, just ignored. Politics, while inhabitedContinue reading “Mr Happy and Mr Tickle”

Milan in May

13 maggio – Festival Internazionale di Poesia di Milano – MUDEC, Via Tortona, 56, 20144 Milano – 19:20 h 15 maggio – The Swan – Piazzale Loreto, 9, 20100 Milano – (prestazioni private) 19:30 h 16 maggio – Teatro Filodrammatici – Via Filodrammatici, 1, 20121 Milano – 19:15 h

Swan at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival

I’ll be debuting a new, spoken-word poem entitled Swan at this year’s Stoke Newington Literary Festival. Saturday, 4th Jun, 2016, 7pm – 9pm Old Bowling Green, Clissold Park, London, N16 Buy Tickets Travels Through The Urban Countryside: Above, Below and Beyond – Part 2 Readings, discussion and poetry navigating meteorological, psychogeographic and emotional landscapes in an openContinue reading “Swan at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival”