Busy, busy, busy...no time for waffle (I know, I know... so unlike me...).
Firstly the review of Friday night's poetry/music event here in Montrose is over at the other blog (this one!).
Secondly the Poetry Bus magazine is still for sale (here) and I've got my copies (hurray!). So far I have particularly enjoyed the beautiful cover and the poems 'For God's Sake (and one for my baby)' by Liz Gallagher, 'To Destroy your letters' by Saint James Harris Wood and 'Chalks' by Colm Keegan (I haven't read anything like the whole thing yet though). Obviously I am biased (being in it...) but if every publication is influenced by its creator/publisher then this magazine is (thanks to Peadar) one of the most genuinely positive reads I've had in a long while. All poetry magazines have pretensions but pretension is a big wide word and here, for sure, all the pretensions are good (lots of fun finding out other Poetry Bus bloggers' real names too... assuming they are real names and not just more pseudonyms like, er, mine...).
And finally, the Poetry Bus (online) prompt for this week from Niamh B is:
Pick a newspaper, any newspaper. Find a little story - no more than 2 inches of print... i.e. a really short news item - nothing majorly important.
Make a poem inspired by it.
So last week I picked a story out of the local paper about a young guy of 24 doing community service for carrying a dangerous weapon.
Originally from the north of England, I live in Angus, Scotland where I walk a lot, think a lot, listen to lots of music, sometimes write poems, sometimes read poems out to other people, sometimes write songs, read all kinds of odd things, watch a bit...oh and I look after my family too.
I sometimes organise poetry and music events - details are usually here (though nothing coming up in the near future). This year I went travelling with my family - photos and notes are here. Now we're back I have moved to a new regular blog - it is here.
More about the song
You can buy my book (published 2008) from my website if you fancy it (go to 'book' page) or from www.amazon.co.uk if you prefer the comfort of the multinational corporation. My book is printed on recycled paper and card. I have 12 different poetry postcards available too.