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Jonathan Humble

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Updated: Sun, 6 Aug 2017 07:12 am

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I am a deputy head teacher in Cumbria and have taught in primary schools for over thirty years. Before that, I worked in the power industry as a student engineer, a lettuce picker for East Coast Salads and a painter in a corrugated card factory. About seven years ago, I started writing poetry again after a long break; focusing mainly on light iambic stuff to entertain myself. Eventually, some of this work ended up in magazines and anthologies and in 2014 I was appointed as Poet Laureate for the Tripe Marketing Board, who very kindly offered to publish a collection of poems early in 2015 through TMB Books (My Camel’s Name Is Brian). In 2016, the Sunday Clog Market in Rossendale also appointed me as their poet. My poems and stories for children pop up occasionally in various places and other stuff has appeared from time to time on BBC Radio 4 and on Gordon Swindlehurst’s show on Radio Cumbria. I read at spoken word events such as Verbalise in the Kendal Brewery Arts Centre and Spotlight in Lancaster. You will find my light verse at and other stuff at Publications, Websites and Magazines: Big Issue In The North (2011) … Postcard From Beyond The Looking Glass, Butterfly’s Wing, Traveller’s Tale Poems For Freedom (2013) … There Was A Merchant Banker Lighten Up Online (2014, 2015, 2016) … Toast, Doris Loves Sidney, Confiteor Quia Peccavi, Question From A Supernumerary Dragon Poet Review (2014) … Beware Of Spoons Paragram (2014) … At The End, In Retrospect The Looking Glass Magazine (2014) … The Gurgle The Caterpillar Magazine (2014, 2015) … The Gurgle, The Enchanted Sandwich My Camel’s Name Is Brian (2015) … Collection of 100 poems The Stew Magazine (2015, 2016) … Join In, Fred The Toad, Hattie’s Hobby, The Sad Tale Of Fred The Fringe, Don’t Pick It, Fruit Appeal, Fruit Fool, Glum Plum Amazing Magazine (2016) … The Sad Tale Of Fred The Fringe Ink Sweat & Tears (2015, 2016, 2017) … A Happy Ending For Petrologists, Glad To Be A Dalek, Blanket Write Out Loud (2016) … poem of the week Spoon With A View Kim Moore Poetry Blog (2016) … A Happy Ending For Petrologists The Teacher (2016) … Meeting Expectations Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis (2016, 2017) … Fruit Fool, Cosy, Clog! Watershed (Anthology) (2016) … Leaky Welly Blues Obsessed With Pipework (2017) … You And I, If I Wanted To, Look, Multiple Choice Clear Poetry (2017) … Man Without A Pullover, Then It Rains, How Bad It Is Curlew Calling (Anthology published by Numenious Press) edited by Karen Lloyd (2017) … Incoming Atrium Poetry (2017, 2018) … Old Dog and pending publication next year Return To Mardale, On Good Days Zoomorphic (issue 9) pending (autumn 2017) … Death On A Pavement


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Audio entries by Jonathan Humble

Meeting Expectations (06/08/2017)

Soup ! (06/07/2017)

The Frog And The Kangaroo (after Lear) (01/07/2017)

The Pencil #MoreInCommon (20/06/2017)

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Jonathan Humble

Sat 24th Jun 2017 09:13

Thank you Kevin. Ostensibly inanimate objects have feelings too. : )

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kJ Walker

Sat 24th Jun 2017 07:09

Hi Jonathan. I've just read, and really enjoyed Holes. I just had to read the rest of the poems you have posted, and was equally impressed. I love the way you give a voice to an inanimate object.
Cheers Kevin

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 21st Jun 2017 10:43

I wince whenever M.G. crosses my screen. Not exactly sure why, but unwilling to think more about it. I commented on such only this morning.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sun 9th Apr 2017 17:39

Jonathan, haven't you been on WOL for a long time? I'm sure I remember prior contributions.

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