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poet ● novelist ● arts collaborator ● teacher


From inside out…

First, there was handwriting – my own, of which I am not proud.

Following a lead from artist friend/collaborator Tig Sutton - a clipping from a random diary extract...





... upended, zoomed-in, disclosed this...







... and again, clipped, magnified...











... the ghost of a glyph, from no known language.

Do we even know which way is up, in its world? So... interpret. Translate...


Three glyphs (for dancing)

Poetry and Europe, in Reading

Poetry and Europe: a celebration

Tuesday 12 March 17.30 - 20.00

Museum of English RuralLife,
6 Redlands Road
RG1 5EX Reading

Readings by poets including Jane Draycott and Peter Robinson, reading their own poems and translations, as well as Philip Gross and Lesley Saunders reading from their collaborative A Part of the Main exploring British European history and issues of migration.

A Part of the Main in Bradford-on-Avon

28th March 2019

The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN

7:30pm - 10:00pm.

Come and join us at Bradford on Avon's popular reading series, Words & Ears. All performers and listeners welcome: open mic slots always available. £4 on the door.

At this event, we welcome Philip Gross and Lesley Saunders, with their collaborative work A Part of the Main. The book is the outcome of what began as an initial email conversation between them during the political upheavals that characterized 2016-2017. The subsequent dialogue was conducted over three or four months in seriously playful verses passed backwards and forwards between the two poets, more and more rapidly as they entrusted themselves to the improvisatory process. The sequence moves, in swerves and echoes, beyond the immediate occasion into themes of migration, exile, loss of love or home or language, even life itself.

In the words of a reviewer, 'this poetic voyage feels irresistible, urgent and unrelenting in the best sense.'

For the open mic, you are invited to bring a poem (of your own or by someone else) on the theme of belonging, exile, etc, to echo and explore Lesley and Philip's voyage...