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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time I attended an Open Mic Night,  and I read two poems, Broad Street (from The Lost Box of Eyes book), and a new unpublished poem that I am very happy with, titled Revolutions.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. 

Friday, 28 April 2017

Here's another Cuba Poem from ident - this one featuring John Lennon. Hope that you like it...

Inside the Vedado

district is Parque John Lennon where a life
-size bronze of John sits on a bench leaning
nonchalantly back arm extended reaching
as if for a thought              I sat
down beside him for a photograph
Suddenly an aged man approached us speaking rapidly
in Spanish smiling and gesticulating in a friendly
His face, creased and interesting, was animate
with a smile as warm as the sun
He reached into a pocket and brought out John
Lennon’s glasses
Carefully fixed them in place on John’s face
smiled, and gestured expansively saying
with movement
now all is complete, please sit and I will
take a photograph of the two of you here
in this beautiful place, in the
park beside John.
When we were done he carefully retrieved
John Lennon’s glasses, put them safely away
                                                   and disappeared.

Friday, 31 March 2017

A Taster.

Thank you to all those who made the launch of ident a success.

For anyone who is considering buying a copy of ident - here is a taster. A poem I made when I was staying in Santiago de Cuba.


Difficult to capture
the hurry and careful
consideration the drivers
of these streets have
Even for strays

And how the strangenesses of place ease
after more than one Mojito

The Teapot Ladies become
familars in their near Victorian
waitress uniforms, out on patrol
pouring tots of a little something
strong, or even stronger
into small white paper cups for
those of us who stand here to watch
the dancers - who also danced
the day before - rehearsing the perfect
Carnival in the square

of Parc Cesperedes

Where the dominoes players are
yellow flowers and thin sails
of seed spiral like helicopters

landing about two girls who squat
beside a cardboard box they've opened up
to release two yellow chicks to the dust

where knarly-teased up tree roots are

                Knees hugged tight they wait to see
                whether the chicks will run away


ident is available to buy from The Onslaught Press website, from Amazon, and can be ordered from all good Bookshops. 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The Onslaught Press is delighted to invite you to the
launch of ident, a new poetry collection by
Alan John Stubbs
On 25th March 2017 between 11:00am and 13:00 pm.
in the Parquet Room at the Old Fire Station,
Peter Street, Carlisle, CA3 8QP



In this new collection of playfully disturbing and provocative poems Alan John Stubbs, an established master of risky, inventive poetics, turns his critical eye towards the notion of identity, skipping effortlessly between vivid childhood memories, bright, impressionistic flashbacks from his international travels, and laments for the sorry state of the contemporary United Kingdom.