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‘Disappear and disconnect yourself…’

A while ago the rock band Radiohead recorded a song called ‘How To Disappear Completely’. This week they tried to do just that. Their website faded to blank. Facebook and Twitter feeds were erased, leaving only a mysterious Instagram clip. A clay model of a chirping blackbird. This absence made the hearts of fans grow […]

‘We Recently Had A Daughter. Now She’s 21’

 Has a  parent got any wisdom for the road ahead ? 21 lines for a 21 year old. It’s no longer called the age of ‘majority’, when you passed from being a minor to a major. But it remains a liminal moment, with a freedom to do now what you might never be able to […]

‘We Play Football, Every Week, Fourteen of Us…’

On playing football with your mates, every week for twenty years. We play football, every week, fourteen of us. And then we go to the pub. It’s a different fourteen every week. The fastest fourteen to reply on Sunday evening, when an email announces the game is on. As it has been every week. For […]

A Small Book Of Poems

Every now and again a small anthology of poets meet up with a small chorus of singer-songwriters and we create an evening called ‘Lyrical’. It’s about celebrating the undiscovered possibilities in words, read or sung. Five of us have now made a small book, offering a  lyrical twist on events we might ordinarily pass by […]

‘We Recently Had A Daughter – Now She’s 21’

‘It’s no longer called the age of ‘majority’, when you passed from being a minor to a major. But it remains a liminal moment, with a freedom to do now what you might never be able to do again. And it makes a parent wonder if he can throw any light on the road that […]

Lo-fi poets and hi-fi singer-songwriters: another night of LYRICAL coming up in north London next week. Love words? Spoken or sung ? Beth Rowley, Katherine Venn, Anthony Wilson and Iain Archer will have some of the finest words available for delivery on a Friday night in March. Opening around 7.30, we’ll be raising some funds […]

‘A More Promising View Of History’

Good morning – and here is the news. Smallpox has been eradicated and polio is almost gone. If you’re a woman in sub-Saharan Africa you’ll probably live till you’re 57 – sixteen years more than your grandmother, who might have made it to 41. Actually, none of that is really the news because it didn’t […]

‘While Stocks Last…’

‘Faith enlightens the path behind you but, as a rule, in front of you it is still dark.’ The words of the Franciscan friar Richard Rohr capture many of the stories of faith and doubt in the second volume of The Gospel According To Everyone. The sister who lost her brother to cancer. The artist […]

For Remembrance Day

‘It was freezing cold in the ice and snow on our second morning in the Italian Alps, and that’s when the Germans attacked. They came roaring down the hill, in a hail of gunfire, grenades and mortar bombs. It was 1943 and I was the 20 year-old toff who’d just taken command of this platoon […]

Lyrical Sunday

In London this Sunday, October 20th ? We’re hosting an evening of lo-fi music and hi-fi words with Iain Archer, Rhian Roberts, Dust Jackets and Rick Leigh. Raising funds for Women@thewell.