Yearly Archives: 2014


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SANCTUARY  by Martyn Halsall Pub Canterbury Press ISBN 9781848256750   The poems in SANCTUARY were written during a year in which Martyn Halsall was poet in residence at Carlisle Cathedral.  They are all rooted in the cathedral and its day to day events and the people who visit.  Halsall writes […]

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Waterloo            2015 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.  Here are my four favourite books that include details of the battle.  The most recent is Bernard Cornwell’s WATERLOO.  After years of historical novels this is his first nonfiction book and it is a detailed and evocative […]

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Midnight Robin by Maureen Weldon Pub; Poetry Space ISBN 978-1-909404-14-4  £5 I have been a fan of Maureen Weldon’s poetry since I first heard her reading at a Border’s Poetry Night near Chester some years ago. Her well structured and clearly observed writing has always been a favourite and never […]

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The Fire in Me Now by Michael Curtis Paperback; 98pp; 203×127 mm; 978-0-9926485-4-1;; Cultured Llama; £8 In this new collection, Michael Curtis, is tackling the themes of life, love and death. He manages to avoid cliché and finds new things to say in bold new poems that confront and present […]

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The Ringmaster’s Apprentice – Oz Hardwick, pub  Valley Press This is a collection of wonderful poems, provocative and memorable. From Liverpool in the 60’s to the ringmasters apprentice Hardwick presents an array of characters and events that stay with you long after reading.  He picks up the detail and quirkiness […]

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The Road Headed West by Leon McCarron Pub; Summersdale ISBN 978-1-84953-635-6 This ia a book that joins a very select few of life changing reads such as Kerouac’s On The Road and Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. An instant classic for everyone interested in […]

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Digging Up Paradise: Potatoes, People and Poetry in the Garden of England by Sarah Salway Paperback; 160pp; 203×203 mm; 978-0-9926485-6-5; June 2014; Cultured Llama; £12 This is a book that is unique and engaging and Sarah Salway’s poetry that accompanies her text about a trip around some of the gardens […]

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COLLECTED AND NEW POEMS by William Oxley Pub; Rockingham Press ISBN 978-1-904851-554   A poets “collected” edition is often a wonderful way to analyse the strengths, and occasional weaknesses of a poet, more often than not the edition will force a reappraisal and allow a reading in context of their […]

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   SHIPPEN by Dawn Bauling “ A fine collection of poems, with some sharp and erudite observations. A memorable voice making observations and drawing images that stay in the mind long after reading.  Amongst some outstanding poetry there are some exceptional poems including the wonderful “Map Folding For Beginners” and the […]

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