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Botanics Sparrowhawk Blog

I’ve been doing quite a lot of research recently on how to enhance my website and blog and while doing this I revisited the Botanics Sparrowhawk blog I used to write when I worked there. I really enjoyed doing this especially as it meant I was able to spend time observing the sparrowhawks that live […]

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National Poetry Day 2020: Vision

Today is National Poetry Day 2020 and the theme this year is “Vision”. I thought that this would be a very timely opportunity for me to share with you a poem which is called “A Vision” (a nod to W. B. Yeats) that I wrote quite a few years ago now and was included on […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week

As it’s the start of Mental Health Awareness Week I thought I would share this poem I wrote earlier this year. 2020 has been a challenging year hasn’t it. Threshold At the threshold of sleep Falling asleep and waking I encounter the biggest challenge. To step over that threshold Is like a giant leap for […]

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Fundraising for a New Album

After seeing one of my friends post a fundraiser today I was inspired to do one myself. I have been really wanting to do a new album of poetry and music for a long time and just recently I started thinking about it again. I have definitely written enough poetry to do one and I […]

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Butterfly Poem

As we are having to stay indoors right now which is a bit like being in a cocoon I thought I would share this poem I wrote which was very beautifully illustrated and written in calligraphy by Anna Dorward. You can have a look at Anna’s Etsy page where you will find a lot more […]

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Shocks to the System

Poetry is beautiful and I couldn’t live without it. Sometimes though it feels like an isolating pursuit because generally I tend to read and meditate on poetry in solitude, particularly when I’m getting to grips with the subtleties of Gaelic poetry which I have to look up in the dictionary. It can feel doubly isolating […]

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National Poetry Day 2019 – Truth

Today is National Poetry Day and the theme for 2019 is Truth. So I’m sharing a poem which I wrote quite a few years ago but I feel it is still relevant. The Epidemiology of Pathological Lying Dedicated to Hygeia Lying is a social diseaseAnd every promise broken,Every word not keptWears down your resistance. Like […]

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You Are Close to Nature Wherever You Are

Regardless of where you may find yourself you are always close to nature. Even if you are in a big city or some industrial landscape, nature herself is inescapable because wherever you go you take nature with you. The great winds of the sky blow through your lungs into your body and they dwell inside […]

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Disappointment and Hope

Today I got an email telling me that I had not had some of my work accepted for publication, this was after also hearing nothing back from a poetry competition I entered. I had been hoping that I might have had some success at either or both of these and it is disappointing to find […]