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The Unseen Web, and other works

October 14, 2017

Since delivering “Between Two Moons” at the end of August, I’ve made fourteen copies of this micro-pamphlet in “French doors” format (short extract below),

Unseen Web

the mycorrhizal savings-bank
gives to the needy
stealthily underground

takes from the healthy
repays with interest from
common wealth underground

Unseen Web 2

… edited and made about 60 copies of this anthology (32 poems and stories by 21 writers)


… and ten copies, so far, of this pamphlet

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… and finished this king-size quilt Mary and I have been making for an October wedding.


Nearly all the fabrics came from our favourite shop,  Midsomer Quilting, who have recently moved to new premises in Chilcompton.

Now for my September poetry news …

My prose-poem Grayhaar was highly commended in the Bradford-on-Avon festival poetry competition.  You can read it here. That’s me in the orange dress.
Here’s my 3rd prize poem in the Battered Moons Poetry competition. Two years ago I came third with this poem.


Concert in Wells, 22 October

October 8, 2017

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Amazing Space II last weekend

October 7, 2017

Amazing Space

Dove Meadow

This weekend is the last chance to come down to our special place, The Dove (SAW venue 21) and catch what has been a much visited and dare I say much loved exhibition (the comments books say so, anyway). Here’s a round up of what you will see when you come, and what, in the words of one visitor, is ‘rich and lush’.

Way out Yonder 2 Bron Bradshaw’s ceramics and etchings inspired by our USA trip, leading to….

Way out Yonder 1 Diana Milstein’s paintings and poems from the trip

Way out yonder 8 And Sandie Roche’s rugs and blankets forming a colourful backdrop.

Way out yonder 7 Di and Bron’s pottery inspired by the Native American tradition sits on the big Rochat press,

Way out yonder 5 and Bron’s Grand Canyon etching on the back wall above the Hunter Penrose press.

Pottery 2 The path through Mike Dodd’s garden leading to….

Pottery 3 his pottery showroom.

Spirit of Place 8 Back through the garden and up the metal staircase to the Spirit of Place exhibition –…

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Food for the mind at Wells Food Festival

October 7, 2017


Find the Poetry Picnic near the bandstand in Wells Recreation Ground this Sunday, October 8th from 11am. Choose your picnic from plenty of stalls selling wonderful locally-produced food and drink, and come and hear locally produced food-themed poems and stories!


Not local, but charming! (Photo by Jan Jansen)

Amazing Space – Spirit of Place opening weekend

September 24, 2017

Source: Amazing Space – Spirit of Place opening weekend

Somerset Art Weeks start on Saturday!

September 21, 2017

… and out Preview at the Dove is tomorrow evening. Do come if you can. Or come during the fortnight. I’ll be there all day Sunday 1st October.

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Between Two Moons

August 30, 2017

I finished the binding after midnight last night. 136 pages, 15x15x4cm. The vertical stripes on the spine are caused by the alternating chapter-dividers (a single page of heavyweight Khadi cotton rag paper, mordanted with pomegranate skins and contact-dyed with leaves) and chapters which vary in thickness between five and eleven folded sheets of speckled off-white paper. I decided not to use the indigo-dyed thread, partly because it would be too intrusive where it shows in the middle of each section, partly because being cotton it is not as strong as linen, and partly for contrast against the indigo-dyed cover. As the second photo shows, this binding allows the book to lie open at any page.

I was ashamed to find two tiny typos this morning. My in-house motorcycle courier brought me a white chinagraph pencil from the art-supply shop in Glastonbury. Now those offending glyphs are invisible.

The Book is wrapped in tissue-paper and bubble-wrap ready to deliver to the Dove tomorrow, the last day of August. I feel a huge sense of relief. And gratitude to all the people who helped this to happen.

Below are photos of the chapter-dividers.

And a taster of the text. I haven’t even counted the lines. There are hundreds, even after ruthless editing. (Ruth wasn’t available.)