Monday, 4 June 2018

The End of Summer (available again)

Last year (at the beginning of 2017), a few of you may remember
I had some dealings with a press called Goya Press who had agreed
to publish my then three full length poetry collection 'From the Diabetic Ward'
(which will still happen but likely will be my fourth full length
poetry collection now a bit further along while I conclude work
on my third - Birth of Autumn) and agreed as a stop gap
agreed to publish my second full poetry collection originally from 2015
'The End of Summer' (which is still available from as a book)
as a stop gap.

Alas, sadly it didn't work out (which i won't go into great details
on a public forum) but it is best to say i certainly do not recommend
anybody working with and resulted in the book being withdrawn after
a short period of time been available (my request).

Some time later now after a few requests I have now agreed to
republish it again by myself this time on with
a few additional selected new poems in the book wrote at the same time
as when the book was wrote.

The End of Summer itself follows on my debut collection
'Return to Kemptown' (published in 2010)
and is a poetry collection capturing both
the every-moment of perpetual seasons as well as the vital
minutiae of daily life, all wrapped up a whirl of words like
autumn leaves kicked up by the last of summer’s winds taking
nature’s contradictions and her false promises and casts them
over our human condition, as hopeful and nostalgic disciples of
the glorious sun and the beautiful snow.

Told often in taut, short little pieces, the book invites
comparisons with the poet Hugo Williams but also shows a love of
music through two of the author’s own favourite music groups with
July Skies and Epic 45, which explores the Englishness of the countryside
in sparse, echoing brush-stroke,s which often need more than one
read to breathe the images he portraits.
With an introduction by noted American writer,
Amanda Silbernagel. ‘The End of Summer’ is a book that
tunnels into memories, creating new emotions at the end of it.
I am interested in doing interviews for the collection (minus any talk about Goya Press
of course) and it can be downloaded from here for just 99p
although i do have promotional PDFS i can forward if required.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

pictures of my two Yarn thoughts

Latest news


New single by Ocean in a Bottle

“Silence is so freaking loud” 
Sarah DessenJust Listen

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” 
Leonardo da Vinci

“Seeing her sitting there unresponsive makes me realize that silence has a sound.” 
Jodi PicoultMy Sister's Keeper

“To understand silence, you have to listen to the sound in-between opening doors
and saying goodbye to your loved one counting emotions counting snowflakes
until you wish you could turn back time’
- Ocean in a Bottle

Spoken Label

Simon Widdop



New interview with Authorsinterviews

A Poem by Manchester has accepted the above from myself.

I also recently finished off my 2018 NaPoWriMo epic. Have a look.
All been good, it will return next year for a massive conclusion. 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Latest Podcasts / Music news

Plenty of news forthcoming over poetry as I’ve had confirmation coming through in quite a few publications / opportunities but in the meantime, here is the latest on Podcasts etc.

Spoken Label:

Lots of releases to follow as Spoken Label has and is proving very popluar at the moment but here are the last few releases:

Randy Horton

George Melling (Live Word Central, April 2018)

Hilary Robinson

Reading in Bed:

The newish Podcast series by me and my little lady Amanda is going great and we are both reading for Programme 5 at the moment.


and features us reviewing the following books:

Gillian McAllister - Anything you do say 
Jay Asher - Thirteen reasons why 
Alice VL - The Weeping Prince 
Keith Houghton - Crash 
Jacqueline Woods - I have learnt

Ocean in a Bottle:

After a break, Ocean in a Bottle recently released the almost silent single ‘Awakening I’.

Part II and an additional single Reading in the reference library will follow over summer

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Premature Birth poem published on Bonnie's Crew

The excellent Bonnie's Crew website has just published one of my poems 'Premature Birth'.

Without going into personal details too much over Kate (who set up this project)'s personal background but Bonnie’s Crew was created after problems through the birth of Kate’s youngest child and the hard work Leeds Congenital Hearts put it for her. Paraphrasing the site, the unit is funded by the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund for the invaluable work they do, and it doesn’t bear thinking about that the government nearly closed this unit down. Whether someone’s heart defect is big or small, whether the person is big or small, they do everything they can to save a life.

This experience Kate advises made her want to give back to the unit, to the nurses, the doctors and everyone who keeps the place going which resulted in the creation of this site (and an accompanying anthology will follow, with 100% of the proceeds going to the CHSF Keeping the Beat campaign) to showcase poems of hope, hearts, hospitals, children, survival, love, faith – however those things manifest in the work people send – and hopefully raise some money for the CHSF / Leeds Congenital Hearts.

Speaking from my side, Premature Birth covers the difficult birth my nephew went through years back, and is now a lovely young man of just turned 10 and looks like me I’ve heard more than a few people say like me at that age several times now and made me reflect on my own birth back in 1972 and the problems my mother also had with me. Without the care I received and Jack also received, it is open to debate whether either of us would have survived.

I struggle with money myself at the best of times but the poem needed to be wrote for this excellent cause and I hope you like it and also choose to donate something to their Just Giving Page which can be found here

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Ghost Story V

Well, it's that time of year for NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) and of course it's time for the return of my annual series, Ghost Story.

A blog on the separate blog itself reveals where Ghost Story originally came from, and a little bit about the seasons which have followed it since.

Not going to give anything away this year apart from Part 5 was in my thoughts when I wrote Part 4 last year in particular in reference to a missing character who was missing for almost the full of the narrative.

Anyway, hope you enjoy it and always feel welcome to let me know what you think.

Any additional poems for NaPoWriMo this year will appear on this blog (don't expect 30!)


Andy N

Sunday, 18 March 2018

New Podcasts and Poems published

Reading in Bed

Running a few days behind Amanda’s announcement, I can confirm that our third episode in our Literature review podcast is now live.

It can be streamed at:


We are always looking for books to do honest reviews on, so please get in contact if you would like us to review your book.

Spoken Label has also been busy with the following sessions / podcast:

Various Poets – Extracts from Please hear what  I’m not saying


Ann Arbor Review Issue 20 have published the poems ‘Threads of a Jumper, Early Morning Walk and Early Autumn Walk’ (

A New Ulster 65 have published the following poetry - Brighton in September, Remains of a Christmas Day Party, Absence of Words, Underscoring Immortality, Swallows and Amazons, Threads of a Jumper and The Highwayman’s Daughter (

Nthandareview have published the poems ‘Early Mornig, Brighton in September and The Swan (after Mary Oliver) (

I am not a silent poet have published Let him have it (A tribute to Derek Bentley) 

Ghost Story

The latest NaPoWriMo story begins on 1st April (

Additional NaPoWriMo poems may appear on this blog.