Hi everyone, Not my usual kind of post; but if you have a moment and a spare couple of quid, please consider sponsoring Mrs A to ride 19km on her bike with a bowl of baked beans strapped to her head. She’s doing this piece of amazingness in order to help raise money for the […]Read more "Please sponsor my wife to ride a bike with beans on her head!"
Hi everyone, How lovely to sit and watch something from David Lynch that I’ve never seen before. I thought this was brand new but then the title at the end said 2015. I don’t know if it had just remained hidden until now or if everyone else had already seen it. I deliberately didn’t read […]Read more "Tonight’s Viewing – Fire (Pozar)"
Hi everyone, The form I chose for this week’s poetry video was Rispetto; a short form comprised of 8 lines, 11 syllables each. The form is Italian as you might have guessed. It comes from the 14th and 15th Centuries, in Tuscany. The word rispetto means respect, so I decided to go with a more […]Read more "Break upon his Tomb – a rispetto"
Hi everyone, Another poem – this time it’s a triolet. This is a short 8-line stanza poem dating back to 13th Century France. the rhyme scheme is pretty easy to spot. It was done really well by Thomas Hardy when the form reached England in the 19th Century. I decided to write about the dust […]Read more "Dust Gathers – a triolet"
Hi everyone, I was doing another video for the school YouTube channel today; another poetry challenge. The form today was Naani. This is a South Indian form of poetry that dates back to the 11th Century. It’s very simple; 4 lines, 20-25 syllables. There are no other rules. The word means ‘one and all’ which […]Read more "A couple of Naani (or Naanis – I’m not sure)"
Hi there, I wrote the last villanelle as a demonstration of the form for a video I was going to do for the children in my school, but when I read it back I realised that it was far too dark and depressing for Primary School. That left me in the horrible position of having […]Read more "How I Wish – Another Virus Villanelle"
Hi everyone, I wanted to try this poetic form which I’ve never attempted before. It’s called a villanelle. It has quite a rigid structure and rhyme scheme with two lines that repeat throughout. The subject matter is probably familiar to you all. I was just thinking how to a lot of us, this is a […]Read more "Until the Day – A Virus Villanelle"