Category: poetry

I’ve been working with artist Richard Stott on a project called Temenos – making paintings (Ric’s) and poems (mine) in a collaborative process. Here’s the first in the series, which explores the idea of threshold space – the place where a new thing can come into being.   The exhibition gets its first showing later this […]

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Our series for Lent 2017 uses images from Ian’s new book Wilderness Taunts: revealing your light. This began as a personal journey in which Ian re-imagined the temptations faced by Jesus as taunts that might throw us off balance – critical voices from external sources and from within ourselves. His experience was that when faced with honesty […]

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As winter continues we return to the Devotions haiku series from Ian’s Unfurling poem collection. These short poems have emerged from Ian’s experience of attempting to be still, to be present and to pray. We think of this as a daily practice of devotion to the presence of God and to the essence of being human.     Most of […]

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  A new series of Morning Bell called Unfurlings marks the closing of Autumn and the ending of the Church year with the festival of Christ the King. The Unfurlings are a collection of haiku poems from the poetry collection Unfurling. Each haiku is an opportunity to reflect on our direction at this time – […]

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  This new series of Morning Bell offers some of the Haiku* poems series called Devotions in Unfurling. These short poems have emerged from my own experience of attempting to be still,  to be present and to pray. I think of this as a daily practice of devotion to the presence of God and to the essence of being human.  Most of […]

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POEM: ONE HUNDRED MILLION SEEDS The boy who played on a dirt cave floor has been walled up. The man who wove a bird’s nest for the world has been taken away. The sower who sowed one hundred million seeds has been concealed. Without tools, far from sunlight, away from rain in hard ground. So […]

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  We are really pleased to let you know that Ian’s new collection of poems ‘Unfurling’ is published this week by Canterbury Press. Ian says of the collection: ‘To make a poem is to attempt a holy thing, asking what it means to be truly alive. From a season or a moment of attention a […]

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  One of the places we keep on returning to with camera and notebook in hand is the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden at the Trewyn Studio in St Ives Cornwall. The studio is pretty much as it was when Hepworth tragically died here in a fire in 1975. The garden is a wonderful setting for […]

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  Could an ending be a beginning, or a beginning be an ending? A new series of morning bell starts on Monday, in collaboration with priest and photographer Jane Willis. The set of pictures were taken by Jane in the parish church in East Coker, a village in Somerset – and the setting for ‘East Coker’, […]

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