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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Carlisle Poetry Symposium 19th May 2018.

I very much enjoyed reading at the first ever Carlisle Poetry Symposium, a day of poetry from 11.00am finishing 16.00pm.

I was one of seven featured readers, reading at 14.40pm. 

The other readers were excellent and the day was a joy.

More information on the event can be found Here 

Friday, 27 April 2018

Draft of new collection of poetry sent to The Onslaught Press.

I have this week finished the first draft of a new collection of poetry - provisionally titled 'This is not about the Whale,' and sent it to The Onslaught Press who have expressed an interest in publishing it. Hoping that they like it, and that the process of finishing the collection will be straightforward.

I am both surprised and delighted to have written these poems.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Looking forward to reading some new writings at the Speakeasy Carlisle openmic on 28th March 18.  For info see here

Also very happy to have some poems in the second edition of the Speakeasy magazine.
See here

SpeakEasy Magazine: Issue 2
Hello all. The rather disrupted editorial process means that I’m not sure which contributors have been informed their work has been accepted for this issue. Since I’ve started to put the accepted material into the layout to send to the printers I thought I’d make a list of all contributors. If your name’s on there you’re in. So here y’go….
Ruby Evans, Sarah LewisBriggs, Mick Yates, John G.Hall, Katie Evans, Mollie Nixon, Calum Taylor, Tony Hendry, Alan John Stubbs, Annie Foster, Claire Louise Hunt (Claire Deer), John Chambers, John Jon Tait, Josephine Dickinson, Kelly Davis, Mike Smith, Susan Cartwright-Smith, Philip Hewitson, Alison Barr, Savanna Evans, Hannah Borlase, Kim Braschko (Hoelterhoff?), Fernando Smith, Mark Griffiths, Krista Johnston, Jane Moss-Luffrum, Dave Simmons, Claire Gray, Brindley Hallam Dennis, Janette Fisher, Claire Storr, Claire Sumpton, Gerard McKeown, Barbara Renel, Jackie Risman. Carlo Castelvecchi

Friday, 23 February 2018

Upcoming Reading.

I have been invited to read at an upcoming event in Carlisle, a POETRY SYMPOSIUM on Saturday 19th of May at The Phil and Lit, Fisher Street Galleries,18 Fisher Street, Carlisle, CA3 8RH.

I am to be one of 7 featured poets, and as well as these readings there will be more than 20 open mic spots. 

To date the other featured poets are Jennifer Coppley and Josephine Dickinson. I am very much looking forward to hearing them read.

Here is a link to the Event for more info:

And a link to my bio:

The event is free of charge.

I will post more information as, and when, it becomes available.

Friday, 15 December 2017

As it's now over a year ago I am posting a link to an interview that happened on BBC Radio Cumbria to mark the launch of 'The Lost Box Of Eyes'.

It includes a reading of three poems. I hope that you like.

Radio Interview - The Lost Box of Eyes

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Here is a Post-Truth poem for the Trump World.

Another downpour

makes the traffic sleek
as it pushes through the wet.

Some closer darker cloud edges
across the grey skies,

and Thought says that truth is
a train that passes

fields of cows unwittingly waiting
to be slaughtered, and butchered.

It calls at one station, then another
where the dark doors open

on sheep at rest, or listlessly eating.
All newly shorn.

Ubiquitous pink tufts of Himalayan Balsam
flag that day is over and done.

Alan John Stubbs
(Copywrite retained by Alan John Stubbs.)

Hoping that you like this. Let me know - all comments are welcome.

PS my books ident and the lost box of eyes are available to buy online at The Onslaught Press here The Onslaught Press

or from Amazon and all good retailers.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Open Mic at Cakes and Ales, Carlisle on 20th July 2017.

For the first time I attended an Open Mic Night,  and I read two poems, Broad Street (from The Lost Box of Eyes book), and a new unpublished poem that I am very happy with, titled Revolutions. Both of these were well received and the night was a good one, with loads of  quality poetry, flash fiction, song, and music. It was good to hear Katie Hale's poems and there were at least 40 people in attendence. Everyone had a good time.