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Philip Gross and Jeremy Hooker together in Brecon

Friday 22 March – a warm welcome in The Hours Cafe and Bookshop, Brecon for two old friends, ex-colleagues and fellow long-haul practitioners of poetry to read together, in an event that also honoured the memory of late poet friends Anne Cluysenaar and Ruth Bidgood.


Poetry in many guises

Saturday 10th March, 2024... and a loose group of writers, artists and musicians who meet once a month for a Serendip Tea at the Turner House Gallery, Penarth, came together for an afternoon of Poetry On Show in many guises. There were:

  • ...the poetry of smells (with real perfumes) by Lesley James,
  • + cut up / paper installation by Sophie Buchaillard,
  • ...poetry jewellery by Mab Jones,
  • ...poems in performance by Luca Paci and myself, with music from Chris Glynn and Mac Elton.

…not to mention the presiding spirit of Karl Blossfeldt (1854-1932) whose hauntingly cool precise, sometimes microscopic images of previously unnoticed plant forms surrounded us and challenged us to look and think.

Our thanks to the curators, and to the Hayward Gallery, London South Bank, whose travelling exhibition this was. It leaves me with a sequence of fifteen poems in response to the Blossfeldt (click here for one: Blossfeldt form) wondering where they might go next or what they’ll lead to.



berlin lit is an elegant and lively international online quarterly journal for new poetry in English, founded in 2022 by Matthew McDonald, Australian musician and poet living in Berlin, and rapidly establishing itself as an attractive place to be and to meet a range of thoughtful and surprising voices.

Click here for Issue 6 just out. Thanks to them for accepting my Mist Fugue and The Long Acoustics.