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Posted on July 1, 2020 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (1958)

The impact the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown upon the cultural sector is critical. Of all areas of industry across the country, none has been more devastating. Major UK arts and museum venues will remain closed until late 2020 and in many cases later. Current realistic estimates for re-opening vary from October to spring of 2021. The Southbank Centre has stated it will not reopen until 2021 and faces ‘catastrophic losses’. Sir Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed major venues and prod...

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Posted on November 11, 2016 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (1412)

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash”

I have written too many obituaries. Eulogies for people I loved. The last grace and compliment as we say goodbye. When a life touches yours it’s not just that it bruises the soul. It’s a debt and these must be repaid, no matter how poorly.


For me, Leonard Cohen was an inspiration, a guide, a mentor and a friend I never met. That, in brief, is what poets...

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Stree Art Project / My Dog sighs

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (3671)

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Poet Dr. John Cooper Clarke performs at New Theatre Royal


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Poetry on the Streets

Posted on June 9, 2016 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (7158)

“To find extraordinary things, go to the ordinary streets!”
Mehmet Murat ildan Turkish Playwright & Novelist

Inspired by similar projects in Boston and by Opieme (the Italian 'Banksy'), Portsmouth Poetry and renowned local "street artist" My Dog Sighs are collaborating in a year long project to bring poetry to the stree...

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Sir Peter Maxwell Davis CH CBE

Posted on March 14, 2016 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (1915)

"An audience shouldn't listen with complacency"

It with sadness that we learn of the death today of the composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davis. A delightfully unpretentious and courteous man, "Max" had to face controversy throughout his career. In 1971, Ken Russell commissioned him to write an additional score for his film adaptation of Sandy Wilson's The Boyfriend filmed in the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth. It starred Christopher Gable and Twiggy in her first acting role backed by an ensemb...

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portsmouth poetry

Posted on January 24, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (1383)

“I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture I was living in.” David Bowie


There is a perception of Portsmouth as a rough uncultured city. Sadly, many people locally believe this misperception. The truth is that Portsmouth is a vibrant place with hard edges. It boasts two beautiful Victorian theatres within a comfortable walk of each other. ...

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