In pursuit of a heart’s treasure…

It is a general habit of mine to riffle through a book before returning or lending it, just in case some token has been left behind. On those occasions when an item has been retrieved in a search, I have felt a small sense of gratitude that I have avoided its loss, but when completing…

Mrs Dalloway (A Poetry and Prose Audio Gallery post)

I’ve chosen Mrs Dalloway for the first audio gallery recording of 2018. A description The opening extract (above) follows Clarissa Dalloway at the start of a particular day in June on which she is to give a party. We walk through London with Clarissa and become an invisible partner to her thoughts, memories, and observations, as…

A personal reflection on Seamus Heaney

I spent quite some time with this portrait of Seamus Heaney, when I was in Dublin in August of this year. It is a tender and sensitive photograph that captures the humility and openness of the man, whilst the lack of a direct gaze also conserves a private internal world that is his alone, and which we…

In pursuit of geese and a flying ‘V’…

One of the great joys of living in the city island of Portsmouth is being able to seek out the subtle and dramatic changes that the ebb and flow of tide, weather, and the seasons create along the coastline. During the spring and summer months, the eastern part of the Portsmouth coastline transforms into a…