Welcome

Welcome to my website, where you can read about my publications to date, my interests and experiences, my hopes for the future and my ideas. I use the blog to post poetry reviews and short essays on individual poems and  collections. There is also a contacts page where you can email me. I’ve spent most of my working life as an English teacher at the Manchester Grammar School. Teaching has been a wonderfully stimulating and rewarding way of life, despite the inhibiting pressure of exams. Now I organise poetry discussion groups, tutor for the Poetry School, work on the committee of Poets & Players to promote performances of poetry and music in Manchester, write reviews, read more widely and write more of my own poetry. You can link to the Poets & Players website here to see photographs and videos of our events over the last few years. .

 

Free Saturday Poetry Discussions in the Manchester Buddhist Centre:
We have been very fortunate to be offered accomodation in the library at the Manchester Buddhist Centre at 16–20 Turner Street, Manchester M4 1DZ. These are free events and open to anyone who wants to come, but people attending will need to bring their own copies of the poems we discuss. Poets we’ve read and talked about include Alice Oswald, Andrew Marvell, Anne Stevenson, David Constantine, Derek Mahon, Edward Thomas, Edwin Morgan, Elizabeth Bishop, Fiona Sampson, George Seferis, Jane Draycott, Jo Shapcott, John Donne, Linda France, Michael Longley, Philip Larkin, Rilke, Robin Robertson, Seamus Heaney, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Tomas Tranströmer, T S Eliot, W B Yeats and W S Merwin.

 

Saturday 9th December, 10.30am – 12.30 pm: poems by Derek Mahon – Manchester Buddhist Centre

This discussion is free and open to all, and there’s no need to book, but please bring copies of the poems listed below.
You’ll find a good selection of Mahon’s poems on the Poetry Foundation website here. It includes all the poems mentioned in the next paragraph, if you click on “Show More” at the foot of the page.

The poems I’d like you to look at are

“After the Titanic”, “Afterlives”, “Dawn at St Patrick’s”, “A Disused Shed in County Wexford”, “The Dream Play”, “A Garage in County Cork”, “Noon at St Michael’s”, “Penshurst Place”, “A Siren”, “St Patrick’s Day” and “A Swim in County Wicklow”.

Of course we won’t discuss all of these but I’d appreciate it if you could read the ones in bold anyway.

Although entry is completely free, donations of any size to the Buddhist Centre would be much appreciated if you felt able to give anything.

 

Saturday 13 January, 10.30am – 12.30 pm:  – Manchester Buddhist Centre

Saturday 10 February, 10.30am – 12.30 pm:  – Manchester Buddhist Centre

Saturday 10 March, 10.30am – 12.30 pm:  – Manchester Buddhist Centre