Slava! is back on the 19th, bringing together the finest performing poets, Ukrainian poetry, comedy and music to show solidarity and raise funds for – a humanitarian charity, directing help where most needed. Join me and the marvellous Dan March at … Read more

Slava! Poetry and pints for Ukraine

Janine and others doing their poetry thing to raise funds for #WithUkraine. Free entry. Collection, bookstall and proceeds from the bar go in the bucket too.



She provoked him. She said she was leaving him. She’s been looking at other guys. He had to show her. She had to know She isn’t a person in her own right, She’s part of him. She is the buffer … Read more

Fucking Tanks

Fred The Ninja

A guest poem from Spoaken Word Lewes regular open mic’er Fred The Ninja. Thanks Fred.   ===   I owe my very existence to Russian fucking tanks. If my dad had not run from them 66 years ago in Hungary, … Read more

Solidarity with Ukraine!


Artillery rounds and a barrage of shellfire It looks and it sounds like extending an empire Bombing and shooting civilians slain Expansionist Putin invading Ukraine Threatening nukes and rain hell from the skies Dismissing rebukes with chauvinist lies Conscripts uprooting … Read more



Her cover drive and how she ran are now haram under the rule of the Taliban Can she stay in? For sure she can She can’t be out without a man in ancient, new Afghanistan She’d tackle assumptions and she’d … Read more

Ribbons of Scarlet

Cush at my 50th birthday gig

– a golden shovel after ‘Scarlet Ribbons’, for Cush At the peal of the bell, they don’t tell you there’s a field that not everyone comes back from. The survivor’s been fearing that he’ll never stop hearing the gunfire even … Read more

Triolet: Don’t Mention the War


They never talked about the war, the ones who fought and struggled through it Why speak of memories so sore? They never talked about the war but football, politics and more Unless the young asked them to do it, they … Read more

Triolet: War Is Over


She didn’t say the war was won Instead she said the war was ended Fall silent now, the bomb and gun She didn’t say the war was won There’s future-building to be done Place and people to be mended She … Read more