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Simon Widdop

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Updated: Thu, 5 Oct 2017 04:37 pm

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''The Oracle Of Ossett'' Peter Haney - Yorkshire Penguin Posse ''encapsulates a great deal of how it feels to live in a post-truth, post-caring Britain''...''the sight of one Yorkshireman summoning the energy of a whole Green Day concert at a poetry night isn't something you forget in a hurry'' Genevieve L Walsh - Spoken Weird ''full of working class character but crafted with an expertise of someone who has dedicated themselves to the art, is as captivating in substance as it is in delivery'' Steven B Williams - Author of Heartsnare Hailing from Ossett, West Yorkshire, Simon writes and performs poetry that blends a healthy mixture of Northern humour with a lashing of punk attitude and a dash of kitchen sink realism with topics that range from the experiences of working in retail and life in a small market town right through to tall tales in Brooklyn bars and tributes to fallen Angels. Simon has performed at events ranging from Outspoken (Leeds), Word Wise, Unity Words, Out The Snout, Spoken Weird, New Word Resolutions and Poetry & A Pint to name a small handful as well as festivals such We Shall Overcome, Keep Corbyn and the award winning Live At Leeds Festival in 2016. Furthermore he has also supported bands such as The Tuts, The Solicitors and Joe Solo. In 2015, he began a written residency at Mocca Moocho Café in Wakefield which lead to a headlining show at the café in February 2016. Simon has been published in print at Paper And Ink Zine, Glove Zine. We Shall Overcome: The Anthology and Nymphs & Thugs Soapbox as well as online at DryLandLit Press, Estorica Magazine and Wildsound Festival. As featured on The Poets & Poetry Podcast Show (Episode 8) https://www.mixcloud.com/PoetsAndPoetry/poets-poetry-podcast-show-episode-8/ https://drylandlit.org/2016/11/20/hell-make-america-great-again-by-simon-widdop/ https://festivalforpoetry.com/2016/11/12/the-caveman-poetry-by-simon-widdop/

Samples

By The Glass Case I wish I could have strolled down the streets of Camden Town with you. Not hand in hand, but just in a way to see the romance of it all. A chance to see the world in all the shades of Jazz, Blues and laughter that those smoked caressed eyes saw. We could have spent time outside the Barfly, chasing Stella with chains of Amber Leaf and outpourings of musical loves. You with your beehive high and me in my rolled up sleeves & skull t-shirt. I craved the anguish and joy in your voice as much as you craved the burn of the hash that hooked itself to your heart. Yet I stand here before that grey dress, still separated by a glass shield, unable to make a physical connection. But as I pace around and take in your fragility I’ll smile knowing we’ll always have Camden Town

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Ian Whiteley

Fri 12th Aug 2016 23:21

thanks once again for the supportive comment on '...old lamp' Simon - I feel guilty when I use an e-reader - it feels like cheating on a proper book - always leaves me feeling cheap and dirty... *wink*
Ian

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 10th Jul 2016 13:03

thanks for your continued supportive comments on 'Lady Liberty Weeps' Simon

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 28th Jun 2016 15:40

Oh shucks mate - just come across your kind comments on 'a peaceful warrior' too - really appreciate your comments - sorry for my tardiness
Ian

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 28th Jun 2016 15:33

thanks for commenting on 'Xenophobe' Simon - I'm in catch up mode at the moment since my holidays - so only just checked out the site when I was posting a new blog - appreciate it mate
Ian

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Ian Whiteley

Fri 3rd Jun 2016 23:34

aye up Simon - nice to see you on here - now get blogging some poetry mate - Ian

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