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History into Fiction: From Blind Asylums, to Glasgow Strikes and Riots to The 1920 Blind March

In this (rather long, sorry!) blog I discuss the process – and accidental discoveries – of writing my first historically-based short story, ‘Kick-Start’, about the roots of blind and disabled organising and resistance in the UK. Comma Press has just launched the hefty, hard-cover, Protest! Stories of Resistance. In its ...

The Long Slow Death Of A Glorious Servant

News came through this week that the glorious servant who gave his soul to work mastered and unmastered is dying. Contractual time ticking by. We have reviewed his situation. All parties are keen to see him gone; at last. The whirlpool Spins above the table Eddying papers far away Threatening the in tray He dream't ...

Signs: Taking On The Cattle

I’ve never been a farmer, I’ve never farmed the land. I don’t know how to do it. I have no reason to believe that my life as a poet, photographer or activist lends anything towards a useful transferable skill. But I know a metaphor when I see one and the ...

Oujia, Tarot, Cauldron

In many ways I have not made enough of a contribution to people and things that matter to me. Each item on this wall bears my name though. The theme is green. The witch is black and many coloured, the green man a gift, the landscape an artwork I found, ...

For Esme (Wherever Life May Find Her)

Researching images for a powerpoint and speech on advocacy I came across a Carl Jung quote. Something about, it's not what happened to you it's about what you become. I liked that. It fitted very well with what I wanted to say. Two days later I was out with a ...

Signs: Mind Steps aka Words to an Unresolved Election

Last time around 'Signs: Mind Steps aka Photo Poem to an Unresolved Election' offered pictorial evidence of a mood within a time within a space. One of my favoured lines; 'if a picture paints a thousand words' urges caution. You do not see what I see. You do not ...

Holy Wholly Holey

Patronage has had a field day of late with the Heads Together Campaign. Those three royal youngsters have been superb. You know credit where its due and all. I’m really looking forward to meeting them and their breed as they get stuck in on a day to day basis, raving ...

Five things you don’t know about Penny Pepper…

I hate apricots – who knew that? I think that’s enough, though I might sneak another one in later.  I’ve read far too much about how to do social media lately… Life has been a swing between work and health. Sometimes it’s more a stagger. Sometimes a bounce. Lots of news and I ...

Signs: Numbers

90 people on the bus And only one of us Seems fair to me Lets take them on One by one by one by one 85 and counting This old lady Next to me She’ll limp She’s lame She’s 93 84 and counting Aye young fellah give up your seat you don’t need it to get up this street 83 and counting Hear young mother Fold up your chair That’s
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Words From A Photo

Words from a photo were inspired by the responses of Deborah Caulfield, Miriam Binder, Rohhss Chapman and Tony Connell who all responded to my facebook request to look at a photo I'd taken of a touchstone entry at the Photographers Gallery. This project hosts one regularly changing photo in a ...