Saturday, May 31, 2008

I'm Back

Hey, I'm back!

It has been two-and-a-half months since I last posted a blog and I must confess I have missed doing it.

Attila the Stockbroker performing at Lewes Pint of Poetry

I stopped because I had quit the Leamington Garret and my old job in the Midlands to move full-time back to Lewes - and a great new job in central London.

My return to the Big Bad City has been superb.

I love the buzz of being in London again after more than three years working in a field in the back of beyond.

And the Oliver's Poetry Garret is two years' old.

I am pleased to have been able to keep it going.

Oliver's kitten Smiffy
So, what of the last couple of months?

Well, I enjoyed my post-job break in France; had a fun poetry gig at Borders in Oxford as part of the Oxford Fringe, and hosted two wonderful nights at my own club, Lewes Pint of Poetry, starring Attila the Stockbroker (pictured performing there) and former Birmingham Poet Laureate Dreadlockalien.

I also performed at the Poetry Society’s Poetry Café for the first time and adopted a manic kitten called Smiffy (pictured above).

Dina Akass (Malik) RIPOn a sad note, another of my journalistic peer group has passed, Dina Akass (Malik).

Dina was one of the most affable souls I have met; always thinking the best of people and lighting up their lives like a beacon of hope.

A rare gift.

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