Head, Heart – a poem when life hurts

There’s been so much pain over the last few weeks. I’m conscious of the temptation to steal the victims’ thunder – I wouldn’t want to do that. Stealing their thunder is like making them victims all over again. But all of us are touched by what has happened in London and Manchester (and other trauma […]

Broken: stunning, timely and beautiful BBC drama

For “Broken” read “broke”. For “Broken” read “society terribly broken”. For “Broken” read “heartbreaking”. For “Broken” read “compassion”. Broken is a six part drama by Jimmy McGovern set in the north of England (filmed in Liverpool). It is Daniel Blake-bleak. You can watch it on BBC iPlayer. There are many great performances. Sean Bean makes […]

Notes heard above The Noise of Time

I don’t read that much but every now and then I come across something that takes my breath away. Julian Barnes, through his book The Noise of Time, has me intrigued with the noise of time. This is a poetic book that is well crafted and beautifully composed. It tells us the time and the time […]

Remembering Yevtushenko and strangers

As we gear up to the General Election (which was never going to be called) we are entering manifesto season. I love the word manifesto, full of show and promise. I start the day with words from the Old Testament: the reading appointed for today has this: “So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God […]