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Cacophony of Stardust – Al Barz

A poetry collection review: I have known Al Barz for several years, and seen him perform innumerable times. Live, he has a reputation for quirky, engaging, performance, an appearance is always an event. His first collection, Cacophony of Stardust, draws … Continue reading

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Lynyrd Skynyrd – Rainbow Theatre, London, 1977.

There is always a temptation to view one’s youth through rose tinted spectacles. To be of a view that a time that was special to you, was special to everyone. Yet with live rock music, there really is a case … Continue reading

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Football Grounds – memories

I attended my first football game in 1968, Doncaster Rovers v  Barnsley, as a nipper. I was instantly hooked, not simply on the game, but on the ground, on the atmosphere. What follows is a series of recollections of grounds … Continue reading

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Rosliston Retreat Writing

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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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