February 26, 2014 § 2 Comments

Thanks to all who came out on Sunday for my event at the Lantern Theatre.  It all took some doing – working with Rikki to develop an understanding between the poems and the music, the voice and the guitar, organising a set which worked on lots of levels – narrative, mood, drama, helping my daughter Lydia prepare her part, getting hold of the scratchy recordings and a scratchy suit.  And it felt important: in choosing the venue, and the presentation, I felt I was raising expectations and a sense of responsibility, not only to the work, but to its subject – the victims of the Spanish Civil War and their descendants, the Moors and their descendants, Lorca and his art.

So thank you for coming – and for your attentiveness and appreciation.  It was, for me, a happy night.


Yoke and Arrows: Tickets Available

February 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Tickets are still available for the launch event on Sunday 23 February at the Lantern Theatre in Sheffield of Yoke and Arrows, my second full collection.  The poems describe the first weeks of the Spanish Civil War in Granada, revolving around the events leading up to the death of the poet Lorca, as well as drawing on the different cultures of the city’s history.  The reading will be presented in dramatic form, accompanied by guitarist Rikki Thomas-Martinez, who studied the classical Spanish flamenco traditions with a leading gypsy maestro.

Sunday 23 February, 7.30pm start

The Lantern Theatre, Kenwood Park Road, Sheffield S7 1NF

Tickets £6 / £4 from the Lantern Box Office online or by phone at 0114 255 1776.


Truly moving – a mature tour de force (Damian Smyth)

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