Deeds vs. words… a reflection on how men can respond to #metoo.

With the continuing momentum of social media movements such as #metoo #saynotosexism, and #timesup, the opportunities for empowering social change are more varied than ever, but the ways in which these movements manifest into a day to day reality are much harder to recognise. There are many inspiring speeches and comments that we can appreciate…

What lies beyond the offing?

As we look out at the horizon from the shore, the offing is that point of sea that we can see in the far distance. It is a junction of a physical and imagined geography that we are unable to locate, but that we nevertheless feel compelled to seek out in one way or another….

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 2017. 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 are not…

In pursuit of geese and a flying ‘V’…

One of the great things about living in the island city of Portsmouth is the joy of watching the changes that the ebb and flow of the weather and the seasons create along the extensive coastline. In the spring and summer months, the eastern coast of Portsea transforms into a beach-heath… (You can read more…