I write about life, and the meaning of it. I write about things that make me angry. I also write about hope. I love doing poetry gigs. It gives me a real buzz. I have recently performed at the Middlesbrough Literary Festival, Waddington Street in Durham, The Community Centre in Lanchester, The Python Art Gallery in Middlesbrough, The Lamplight Theatre in Stanley, Crook Football Club and Victoria Sociial Club in Willington. In the last month I have read poetry on James Cook Hospital Radio,Radio Tees and Radio Teesdale. The national novelist Wendy Robertson, who has an arts show on Bishop FM, recorded me for an hour as part of a South Durham writers archive. This is quite an honour. I have had poetry published in Awen, Bard, Scriptor 7, Earth Love, The Arran Voice and Northern Lines. Over the last two months I have had poetry published in The Northern Echo, The Wear Valley Mercury, The North East Poetry Journal and Rethink's local glossy North East Newsletter. Rethink is a national mental health charity. I entered my first poetry competition recently through www.time-to-change.co.uk. I won the Southern section of the North East poetry competition. My winning poem "Holy Communion" was as a result printed in the Teeside Evening Gazette on the 6th of September. I have had four books published, the most notable being Jewels In The Crown. Jules - 25/2/11
HE WHO WOULD VALIANT BE He who would valiant be To be a tourist Embalmed by tea towels In the street To be a tourist Charged twice for everything Locals hear the money bells ring To be a tourist Fooled by a swarmy smile Inwardly sarcastic all the while To be a tourist Engendered as a friend But if it came down to it Where would that friendship end To be a tourist An important part of the economy Everybody wants a bit of me To be a tourist An expensive stay at a B & B Pay for two nights, the third is free To be a tourist Car parking spaces at a premium Traffic wards never lenient To be a tourist All endured for a bit of fun Enlightened day dreams on the run Make sure you spend what’s yours Before life closes it’s doors Store the memories digitally For friends and relatives to see Come back next year To renew the cup of cheer Smile as the tea towels refresh your mind A happier life is not hard to find To be a tourist PANCAKES There’s nowt to beat A good pancake In fact I’d have a good time Over a pancake Especially one covered in syrup Give me a pancake Give me one quick Give me a pancake So I won’t be sick Pancakes on prescription Would really do the witch in Life is really special I won’t feel blue As long as I’ve got my pancake And my pancake’s next to you Eating pancakes makes me relaxed It’s one of those things And that’s just a fact Everybody on diazepam Should take a pancake a day A pancake a day Keeps the Psychiatrist away
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