Last month the arts editor of local paper, Newcastle’s The Journal asked me to contribute to the paper’s monthly magazine, Culture. I was asked to submit my favourite book choices for one of the mag’s regular features, Reader’s Lives.

I love this regular feature. I think book choices say a great deal about the person. Mine included Middlemarch by George Eliot, Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline and Limehaven by Vicky Arthurs.


Vicky has reprinted the article on her blog and refers to me as “poet and community arts activist.” I like that and it’s true!