Michael is a poet, musician, and events organiser in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. He has been the director of Doncaster Folk Festival for the past 5 years, and is an associate member of Right Up Our Street; a nationally funded project with the aim of increasing arts engagement in the Doncaster region. Michael is an active member of the Ted Hughes Project in Hughes’ childhood home-town of Mexborough, performing at the Ted Hughes Festival for the past 2 years. He also runs Well Spoken! – a monthly open mic night held at Doncaster Brewery. Don & Dearne: Collected Poems Vol.2 Doncopolitan Brigantian
Tom’s territory Tom was a poacher; things were hard for country people. Farm work, when you could get it did not pay a deal. Tom inherited the tricks; generations of forebears who took the products of the country as their right: to poach was not to steal. Tom can be found with his lamp, his snares and flams walking stealthily that copse at the top of the rise. Tom listens to the wind; there’s a good pegger getting up. Forgoing the pheasant for tonight the coneys will be the prize. Tom watches his step and you should too if you should dare to venture there, take care not to become the quarry. Tom might mistake you for the keeper or the village bobby. Tread warily in the gloam, my friend for this is Tom’s territory.
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