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An old magazine advertisement for a Williams Typewriter courtesy of the Old Design Shop.

An old magazine advertisement for a Williams Typewriter courtesy of the Old Design Shop.

Sometimes I write material other than poetry. Here is an extract from a recent article I wrote about a young man who served during World War I. He had worked as a graphic designer and was fond of reciting poetry.

“Even his father was surprised when Julian Gould enlisted in 1915. Gould had gone to Art School, spent time in a Paris studio and at the time when war broke out, was engaged as a print designer. His friends and family knew him as a kind and considerate dreamer who studied French and loved poetry. His political sympathies were not overtly aligned to King and country

Like many men who went into battle, he lived by the bullet. Read the full article in the Public Catalogue Foundation’s November newsletter.

I have written other pieces for the newsletter including
an article about the Brontë Parsonage Museum,
The Grand Ol’ Skaters of York, an exploration of a winter scene by painter Jan Griffier I (c. 1645 – 1718), and
103 True Faces of Robert Burns, which considers a joyful, playful pastiche that reworks a well known portrait of the young Burns.

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In the Ocean: a year of poetry
Emily’s Poems for Modern Boys
Shining in Brightness: Selected Poems, 1999 – 2012

Evening, 31 August 1822

Above, the ungraspable in grey or white 
or sometimes black, I read now
is wrought of Forms,
this water overhead.

What Science seeks to calibrate
quickens my palette, hand and knife
and revives my boyish eyes to see 
pictures in the sky.

The series of cloud studies painted by John Constable during the summers of 1821 and 1822 inspired this poem. Thank-you to Laura for alerting me to these and other images by Constable in the Your Paintings online archive.

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My first volume of poetry, SHINING IN BRIGHTNESS, is available for preview and purchase. Please do have a look.