Wiping out a Village

Christmas last year was memorable for all the wrong reasons. We had our regular event, “Carols and Poems” in the Church Hall. For several years we’ve had fabulous singers from Bristol University, students year on year then gone. We’ve a formula that works. I recruit young poets to read Christmas poems – which is a …

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Olivia Tuck, Poet

Sometimes you meet a young person, and you know you’re in the presence of talent. My friend, Olivia Tuck, is such a person. She read her poems over a few years at Poetry Swindon, and I marvelled at her presence even though she was young and shy. Olivia holds an audience, with poems that are …

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The Beekeepers

Transferring skills to another is a special gift. It cannot be over-valued. I’ve done it myself – mentoring young poets, but also transferring skills such as using a chain saw, surviving in the wild, helping young entrepreneurs. We all have a lifetime of experiences to pass on. Over the past year my friend, Geoff Hale, …

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