Sunday, 29 November 2015

The Return Of Sir Richard Grenvile (Cover of Robert E Howard Poem)

a few of you know i go to a lovely, informal poetry evening at the witchwood tonight ran by Volodya Gorky tonight from 4pm to 6pm and tend to read usually my own stuff but have been reading a lot of the Solomon Kane works by Robert E Howard (more famous for his Conan material) recently and came across this poem The return of sir richard grenville which i am going to read tonight and as a bit of fun preparing myself i did this vocal rehearsal of it which i recorded and quite like (not perfect but hey ho).

More news to follow as have been up to a few things..

Saturday, 21 November 2015

A Means to an End - s/t (New album release)

The debut album by my band from the last four and a bit years ‘A Means to an End’ is almost upon us.

Formed by myself, Jeff Dawson (also known as Jeffaram!) and Petrova C Fairhurst in 2011, our music has been a mixture of spoken word and singing over acoustic guitars to create an brand new language homed in dozens of gigs played throughout the Northwest of England. 

Produced by Ian Livesey, who has played additional guitar on a number of the tracks and has played on numerous gigs over the years with the band and will contain 12 tracks and shall be released on 12 December 2015 at Guitar and Verse, an local open mike night at Tydlesley’s Cadence CafĂ© C.I.C, Chapel Street, Tyldesley, M29 8FZ between 13:00 – 18:00 where we will be playing a set (in what is likely to be our last gig) along sets from Bard Company, Dave Rowley's Black Country and Jade Assembly.

Produced by Ian Livesey, who has played additional guitar on a number of the tracks and has played on numerous gigs over the years

An digital release will follow on the same release likely on bandcamp as a pay what you want basis as will the album on sale on that day with all proceeds going to in aid of a homeless charity, the Booth Centre, Manchester, in their 20th year of supporting homeless people.

Track listing is as follows:

1. Return to Kemptown
2. Caterpillar days
3. Ever Wondered?
4. Cotton Town
5. Front Page News
6. Leaving Belfast
7. A Coin in the Fountain
8. Dead to me
9. Tandle Hill
10. Hard Rock Village
11. Curtain Call
12. Leaving Belfast (Reprise)

Any queries in the meantime – please get in touch. (

A sample or two should follow hopefully in the next week or so. 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Collaboration with Northern Scapes

With permission here are two poems done in collaboration with artwork from Jessica Owen aka Northern Scapes (

Breaking Light I

The remains of the dark
leave an etched purple and white
turning the water
into a storm close to hatching

Stroking imaginary fingers
in different accents
across a slow rumble
crossing the skies

Kidnapping the air
in anticipation 

Transforming the sunset
into a hollow warning. 

Breaking Light II

Windmills linger
Through the lights
Shaping handprints
In the mist

Sewing answers
To your lips

Plucking mathematics
With each movement

Struggling constantly
To get through the fog

Like a car driving
Through the moors.

(More of Jessica's work can be seen at her website

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Poetry at Stalybridge Train Station

I recently took part at a poetry writing workshop at Stalybridge Library featuring poems wrote about Stalybridge Train Station with a number of other excellent poets.

Today despite the horrific weather conditions (and it has been rotten no two ways about it), I went to the exhibition launch.

The poems here will be here for at least 6 to 12 months I believe in the waiting room on Platform 4.

Go and have a look.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Poems for National Psoriais Awarness Week

Long story short.. The other week i recorded two poems for national psoriasis week for psoriasisshoutout (wrote as i know somebody who suffers from it pretty badly last year to help build awareness) and after publication i got approached to have them recorded professionally a few week-ends back.

Hope you enjoy.. as a person who lives with diabetes, helping increase awareness for this is the least i can do as i know too many people who live with this condition and unlike diabetes this is a condition i feel that a lot more should be known about but alas sadly isn't. (Subtitling Psoriasis) (Dispersing Psoriasis)

More details about Psoriais Shout Out (who produced these poems) can be found here