It took the length of a walk for the ground to give up it's frozen exterior and allow a late March sunrise draw out its soft muddy heart. The jays are nesting in the wood and the roar of the dawn chorus demands to be heard; standing still, arms by my sides, mouth agape in … Continue reading THAW
Just started a series of creative writing workshops at Carsington Water as part of my 2018 writer residency. Had a fantastic day talking, walking and writing with an exceptionally talented group of young writers. They bring some of the wild inhabitants of this wonderful landscape to life in their group poems... LEAVING A MAP to … Continue reading CARSINGTON KICKS OFF
ASH AND FEATHERS Ash and feathers, heaven scent, a sign bad weather’s bent on taking centre stage. In this last light, split yolk pours through rents in racing grey rags as a northerly conducts the beeches. Dead beat ground slumps between icy sheets and in crumpled down, sleeps. Night and all light is borrowed. A … Continue reading ASH AND FEATHERS
Today is a day that feels like a glass half empty. Grey, windy, classic Derbyshire November; I call it grizzle. Locals say there are two seasons in Derbyshire; June and the rest of the year. In spite of all the rain, even Carsington looks half empty as the sun rises. Something had left a gift … Continue reading Grizzle
A last blow and the leaves are off. In fact we are all off into winter now for certain. The air is cold and when I throw a ball for the dog it lands with a satisfying thock instead of the usual fut; good news as even the wettest of cow pats has grown a skin … Continue reading FROST
Announcing the new book for Book Busters September 2017. Can't wait! And boy do I have some interesting creepy crawlies to share with you all when we meet for our session on September 11th.