Home and Belonging

It’s been two years since we left West Sussex for the Cotswolds and we still don’t know where to call home. Our unconventional lifestyle has seen us move seven times, from a lakeside house to a summer lodge then a caravan in a holiday park to a another house and so on until we came to Malvern. We have been here for nine months and love it, but the landlord’s business has fallen through due to Covid and wants to come back. Our plan was to live here for a couple of years then to look at buying somewhere. We…

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Hopping Time in Apple Water Country

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Four years ago I was sitting in the auditorium of the Market Theatre in Ledbury watching the poet Maggie Sawkins perform her award winning piece ‘Zones of Avoidance’ as part of the Ledbury Poetry Festival. As I contemplate my forthcoming reading in the same venue on 3 July I am filled with delight. Not only shall I be previewing my debut poetry pamphlet ‘Apple Water – Povel Panni’ published by the wonderful Hedgehog Press but I will also get to see myself on screen and listen to the song and poem that I read in the film. Stories from the…

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