Have I mentioned my novella yet? Okay, so I know I have. But it’s great to also find it being mentioned elsewhere.

These mentions of Kaleidoscope include this piece on The Literary Consultancy website and in the local newspaper here.

There’s so much I could say about the appeal of the novella form to me as both a writer and a reader – the brevity and compression, how such reading fits easily into a busy life with shortened blocks of reading time/attention space, its suitability for a poetic or fragmented style of narrative…

This blogpost also has some interesting thoughts on why the novella is making a comeback.

If you’d like a copy of Kaleidoscope, it’s available direct from Mantle Lane Press, priced at just £4. Or alternatively from me – for postage in the U.K. only – using the paypal link below.

Kaleidoscope (£5.50, including P&P for posting to U.K. addresses only)


I mentioned last week that I’d read some of my Coventry ringrad inspired poetry commissioned for the Disappear Here project on Midlands Today, where I also talked about some of the inspiration behind my pieces.

A youtube copy of this can be found below:

The actual three-part film produced from my three poems by filmmaker Ben Cook is also now live on the Disappear Here website – for this week only! (The films from the other 8 collaborations will be released one collaboration a week on the same website link.)

What to tell you about the background to each of the three poems/parts of Ben and my poetryfilm collaboration?

The first part/poem ‘Underbelly Undercurrents’ features the ringroad and the River Sherbourne, which ‘slithers’ through the city, mostly hidden underground but occasionally surfacing. Both poem and visuals tap into the imagery of circles, snakes and ouroboros (a snake swallowing its own tail that is used as a symbol of wholeness or infinity). It is a poem about the flow of traffic, river, time, lives…

Time also features in the second part/poem, ‘Clocking In/On/Off’. This poem is dropped into a dialogue featuring a mother and daughter, who is having relationship problems and is harried by the pace of modern society. The poem and plot are set against a background that includes the history of the ringroad, Coventry’s clockmaking past and World War 2 when Coventry was bombed.

The words for the final poem are taken mainly from the names of the ringroad junctions and the slightly surreal line “Tickets, please”. Repetition with difference, the sense of a magical mystery tour of Coventry and ghosts of past and future were underlying inspirations for this part. Ben’s visuals pick up on the movement (tracing) of car lights on the ringroad – creating an almost dancelike pattern. The repeated audio words of the poem slowly transform into a reverbed sound that feels almost choral, as well as ghostly.

At least, that’s how I interpret and interact with each part as viewer/listener/writer. It was fantastic to see the launch night and poetryfilms reviewed by Stella Backhouse On Sabotage Reviews. You can read her lovely thoughtful and detailed consideration of the project here. Experience the three-part poetryfilm by Ben Cook and myself below: