Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Ashdown Forest Poet's Walk

 One of E H Shepard's illustrations for Winnie the Pooh, of course.

The next Poet's Walk workshop will be from 10.30 - 1.30, next Tuesday.  Once again we'll be writing, walking, drinking tea and coffee, eating biscuits, talking about writing, walking and the Forest and generally making merry in the heart of the Sussex Weald. 
Everyone's welcome, whether you write regularly or haven't picked up a pen since you left school.  You can book a place by contacting Ashdown Forest Centre on 01324 823583 or by sending an email to 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Ashdown Forest Mince Pies and Poetry Eve

On 3rd December we're having an evening in which everyone who's attended the Poet's Walk workshops since they began last October will have a chance to read their creative work.  We need an audience though and everyone's welcome, so please come if you can.  You can book a place by contacting Ashdown Forest's office on 01324 823583 or by sending an email to 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Reading at Needlewriters, Lewes

East Sussex martlets and arms

I'll be reading with Liz Bahs and Colin Bell at Needlewriters, Lewes, on 23rd October.  Doors open at 7pm.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Poetry Reading, Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove

I will be reading with Rebecca Hurst and Stephen Plaice at Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove's splendid new gallery, on 15th May at 7.30pm.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Spring Poet's Walk

I will be leading a third Poet's Walk on Ashdown Forest on 29th April, 10.30 - 1.30.  You can find further details on the Forest's website or by calling 01342 82358.   

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Balcombe Anti-Fracking Protest

I've come late to the anti-fracking protest.  At first I didn't realise how dangerous the process was.  I assumed natural gas just popped out of the ground when tapped, safely and quietly.  Then I read about it and watched Gas Land, which makes for scary viewing.

Yesterday I went to the village of Balcombe and the first fracking site in Sussex, with my sister-in-law Jo.  There were policemen and police vehicles everywhere and officers from three counties.  There was even a police car blocking the road to the site. I thought at first there'd been an accident, but a villager told us that the police habitually blocked the road to keep motorists away from the protest. 

I'd read in the press that the village was fed up with the protesters, but the villagers we met were all smiles, one even thanked us for coming to show our support, and many of the houses were displaying anti-fracking posters and yellow protest ribbons. 

We walked down to the site entrance.  Tents lined the side of the road and Jo took some photographs, which I've stolen.

We reached the site entrance shortly before a water tanker arrived.  Police guarded the gates,

while we walked back along the road to join the slow march in front of the tanker.  There were police all around us and a couple of officers filmed the march.

It was a frightening experience, I've never seen so many policemen, but I'm going back at 2pm tomorrow for the next big event, Belt It Out at Balcombe. 

There's an official protest website, The Great Gas Gala, where you can find out about events at the site, as well as the Frack Off and Frack Free Sussex Facebook pages.