Postscript

1.09.2013
In my final year, I took a terrifying chance. Ever generous to students and young writers, Seamus Heaney offered to meet students for...
Spoken Word Steps Out of the Shadows

Spoken Word Steps Out of the Shadows

1.09.2013
Another year and another Edinburgh fringe passes. Arty types have all patted each other on the back, Edinburgh businesses have all patted...
Seamus Heaney: A Great Poet, Full of Light and Life

Seamus Heaney: A Great Poet, Full of Light and Life

30.08.2013
I was lucky enough to know Seamus Heaney; to interview him and even spend time with him and his wife, Maire.
Irish Post Heaney Dies After Long Illness

Irish Post Heaney Dies After Long Illness

30.08.2013
World-renowned poet Seamus Heaney has died, his family have confirmed. The Nobel Laureate, who was 74, had been in hospital after suffering...
Beyond Mental Health Labels Through a New View of You

Beyond Mental Health Labels Through a New View of You

19.08.2013
Dr Allen Frances warned that in the world of mental health care a label "can begin in a moment and live on for the rest of your life"....

The Man Behind 'Walk in the Light' & His Poem

9.08.2013
What many have taken away from Walk in the Light is a sense of belonging; a sense of connection. A chipping away at that loneliness that...

The Film-Poem Arrives in Britain

5.08.2013
The use of video and film as a means to add a new dimension to a single written poem is recent. Such works have been proliferating across...
My First Night of the Proms

My First Night of the Proms

29.07.2013
My first response to the BBC Proms' kind invitation to perform at a venue so prestigious that my family had heard of it (as opposed to,...

Britain's Personal Best, and Courage as a Muscle

23.07.2013
Eek. Following my bravado of setting a public target, now comes the fear. As part of the new Olympic legacy project, Britain's Personal...

Spoken Word Video Review: GREEdS - This Morning

15.07.2013
Yomi Sode aka Nigerian-born spoken word artist GREEdS (Generating Rhymes to Engage the EnlightenD Soul) has always let his poetic words...

Yiddish Folk Song Re-Imagined as Poetry

7.07.2013
The second half of this book contains source materials and references valuable to the study of Yiddish song. However, it is Hirschhorn's...
Can

Can "the Glory of Being Alone" Ease our Struggles With Loneliness?

7.07.2013
"Only the lonely, know the way I feel," Roy Orbison sang in his 1960 hit single. More than 50 years have now passed and during that time...
The Novel, And Why Men Fear It

The Novel, And Why Men Fear It

1.07.2013
All that can be stated with any certainty is that Joe Public is currently enjoying the fruits of 70 years of peacetime. He wants for nothing;...