Category Archives: Poetry

For the man who buries beds

Here is a poem in draft. I seem to be very preoccupied with death and dying just now… This is a poem for my father who is ageing fast. Much of this year has been taken up with seeing him … Continue reading

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On the Astral

. It’s been a while since I updated my blog and as I’ve been fairly busy painting I thought I’d add a photo of this work-in-progress. It’s great to be working on a fairly large scale (4 foot x 4 … Continue reading

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Simon Jenner kindly wrote the following review of the Outside In poetry event at Pallant House Gallery

Reblogged from Survivors’ Poetry Blog on DAO Colin Hambrook’s double launch on Saturday 12th October at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester was – it’s too easy to use such vocabulary –  the most inspiring Survivor event since the 21st … Continue reading

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Survey Monkey

Knitting Time is an ongoing visual arts and poetry project, which aims to address personal experience of the links between suppressed grief, loss and psychosis through the medium of art and poetry. Through this survey I hope to get critical … Continue reading

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Knitting Time is finally on the horizon

A starting point for the work on show in the Knitting Time exhibition is a collection of poems which explore personal narratives from infancy to the present time. The stories stem from my induction as an infant into the delusionary … Continue reading

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Bird Song: audio-description

I’ve begun the task of writing descriptions of the illustrations for the book and adding some personal reflections which put the poems in context. I thought I’d share the first of these, which relates the drawing of a sparrow I’ve … Continue reading

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The book is fast approaching completion now. It’s been pretty exhausting but I am pleased with the way it’s shaping up. The drawings are coming together and I’m beginning to think about putting some colour in the cover image. The … Continue reading

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Some reflections on one of major characters in Knitting Time – Crow

In the early 1980s I developed a fear of crows. I could hear them listening to my inner thoughts. Their ugly call resounded like words of doom, pouring scorn and judgement on everything. Out walking across Finsbury Park and Alexandra … Continue reading

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Knitting Time: a draft introduction

I’ve begun a draft of the introduction to the poems and illustrations in a poetry collection I am working towards, which will be published by Waterloo Press. It would be great to have your comments and responses to the following … Continue reading

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We are all one!

In throwing myself into an exploration of psychosis I am challenging demons that persist to hang over me. I am searching for an illusive key. My sense of picking up this baton feels heavy and formidable, but I  have a … Continue reading

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