Monthly Archives: March 2018

Joanna Skelt

    One of the unattractive aspects of growing older is that increasing numbers of people whom you know die. I was saddened today to learn of the death of a past Birmingham Poet Laureate, Joanna Skelt. I did not … Continue reading

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My Ten Favourite Albums

Mal Dewhirst has been promoting “My ten favourite albums of all time”, along with Gary Carr and Jayne Stanton. Just ten was agonising. Favourite? But there are so many. How coud I leave out David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” and “Low”, … Continue reading

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Trump, Brexit & Beyond – Paul Francis

Paul Francis is an inveterate, irrepressible, poet. His content and preferred topics are contemporary, his choice of form traditional. His poems are conversational in style, it is as though you are sitting down in a pub with him. “So Paul, … Continue reading

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Inspired in Caersws FESTIVAL – Mid Wales, 21/22nd April 2018

I want to do a feature on this forthcoming wonderful festival. Gregory Leadbetter was one of the star turns of Lichfield’s Poetry Alight in 2017, David Calcutt and Keith Chandler, who are appearing on July 2nd and May 22nd respectively, … Continue reading

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The Kite Runner – Birmingham Rep

**** First told as a novel, now retold for the stage, Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 book has sold 31.5m copies in 60 languages. It was adapted for film in 2007, this stage adaptation is by Mathew Spangler, first appearing in America … Continue reading

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World of Sport Wrestling

I was in Derby market, sitting down for a cup of tea when I Iooked up at the walls. To my surprise and delight, they were covered in framed posters of wrestling bouts at the Derby Assembly Rooms in the … Continue reading

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An Audience With Martin Kemp – Derby Theatre

I was a punk fan. I was also a music fan. As punk splintered into New Wave, which in turn spawned the New Romantic movement, Spandau Ballet stood out alongside Duran Duran. They were cool, they looked different, borrowing the … Continue reading

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