Silent upon a peak in Darien?

Or perhaps that should read silent beside a little canal on the Guidecca?   How could I have thought, when I embarked on the mad enterprise of writing  a novel for the first time, that today I would be printing up the first 42,000 words – half the drafted book – in a form I […]

Update on The Venice Book

PROGRESS REPORT 6 NOVEMBER 2018 THE VENICE BOOK is in complete draft now  ( fourth draft complete and fifth draft on its way out chapter by chapter to the wonderful friends who have offered to read for me.) Huge thanks to ANN PRESTON, JUDE WISDOM and SARAH GREGORY for being willing to do this.)  It […]

The Letters from Mexico

Coming up to the Queen Square launch and I am really delighted that marvellous SARAH ACTON of Black Ven Press is allowing me to use what she wrote about my book. “entering the dark theatre of the wood…” I have been reading Letters from Mexico and feel very moved. The blend of extracts, beautiful illustrations […]

The Fortunate Voyager

After two years working on my first novel, it seemed a good idea to rename this blog so that I could explore prosaic matters as well as poetry.  The Fortunate Voyagers is the English name of one of the art installations which feature in my Venice book.  Under its Italian title, I Viaggatori Fortunati will be […]

Building Kelston Barn

A chorus for eight voices Many thanks again to the 26 wonderful writers and visitors who created the magical afternoon at William Heath‘s Kelston Barn on Sunday 17th September. Their names appear below this performance poem which I compiled from their collaborative work. We are hoping to have news of the date for the performance […]