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It's been a long time since I let some poems out of the bag and into the world, so the publication of Falconer's Joy marks quite a staging post for me. The five poems in this pocket-sized chapbook share themes of mythic slippages, of time unanchoring and of the dead speaking to the living, sometimes the other way round.

The oldest piece, Merrivale, was first begun in 2012 and has seen a number of versions down the years; the most recent, The Dead Fathers, was written only a few weeks ago. In between those bookends of time, The Lapwing Stars appeared last year in Fiddler's Green Peculiar Parish Magazine #4; The Worship of Place was recorded whilst out on the moor, beside the East Dart, in the fabulous early Summer of this year; and Falconer's Joy was written within the last few months.

The chapbook is being printed by Footprint workers co-op in the UK, on 100% recycled paper using veg-based inks. You can order it by clicking on either of the images or using the button below. We're expecting it back from the printer in about two weeks.


In just over a month's time, there'll be another new work out from Hedgespoken Press as part of a series of seven books by a number of authors and artists, which is very exciting - if you'd like to know more about that, do sign up to the Hedgespoken Press newsletter.

Hopefully, this winter also will see the completion of editing of my first novel, written over a period of about twenty years and sharing some of the themes of Falconer's Joy. I will say no more about it here, lest I jinx the whole thing. It's curious magic.

As ever, thank you for your continuing support and interest in my writing. As we ride the equinoctial winds into early Autumn here in Devon, I wish you all the sweetness of orchards and harvest festivals and the joys of turning back towards the hearth after summer's fiery adventures.

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