A thousand/ colors in the summer yard/ mostly blue.
I went to see Asif Kapadia’s movie Amy on Saturday night, a documentary about the life and death of Amy Winehouse. The movie is well done, and tells a classic “destructive-creative” story, pretty much what you imagine Amy’s life to have been like, reading between the lines that were sold to us by the tabloids. The […]
The Secret Rose Hall of Fame I want to thank the wonderful people who supported my crowdfunder project to make, publicise and distribute my special commemorative two-in-one book, in replica of WB Yeats 1897 first edition of The Secret Rose. Friends and patrons, I am so grateful to you for your support and hope you will enjoy being involved in […]
Cool with rain/ a branch invites my forehead/ to bow down
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Morning run/ Gladstone Park. The lady bathes/ sun rises.
We’ve been talking a lot about Amazon in ALLi over the past week or so, with two blog posts about them ( on whether the company really “loves authors” Here and on all the way to publish on Amazon Here). Doing the research, I came across this interview with Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, from the American Academy […]
Park walking./ The time of bluebells, your hand/ in my hand.
On Yeats day 2015, I travelled to Dublin to collect a first edition copy of WB Yeat’s short story collection, The Secret Rose, from the lovely Tanya Collie of Broadford books. This first edition was purchased by a Mr Danny O’Sullivan as part of my crowdfunder project, that allowed me to produce a special book for #Yeats2015, […]
“I am what is called on the Internet a “superfan,” of WB Yeats and one of the things I most love and admire about this poet and teller of tales is the care he took with his books, not just in their writing —- he was an avid reviser and improver -—but in their […]