Book Giveaway

So-today is National Book Lover’s Day. This event totally passed me by until a family friend who shares my love of literature rang me up to wish me:

Happy Book Lover’s Day!

To say I was a little bemused would be an understatement. Anyhow, I wondered how to mark this momentous day on City Jackdaw, then I thought: how about hosting a giveaway?

I offer up a signed copy of my book Heading North. It is my debut poetry collection, published in December by Nordland Publishing.

Anyone who comments on this post will be entered into a draw that will be conducted by my daughter Millie on Monday. I’m quite proud of my book, and hope that there is someone out there who will enjoy it, too.

I wish you luck!





The Jungle Has A New Queen

Have you ever seen I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here?

At the end of each series, the winner from the previous year comes on to hand the crown over to the new King or Queen of the Jungle. Well that’s how I feel right now. In December I was the latest poet to be published under the Songs of the North umbrella.


My book Heading North was the second collection brought out by Nordland Publishing in the series, and now a third collection has been published: Compass Head by Shetland-based poet Nat Hall.

It is another quality book by Nordland, rich both visually and lyrically. Here is an excerpt of the review I gave on Amazon:

‘Sometimes the imagery is elegant and sensual:

‘My fingers felt that final wave/flirting with your skin/in wet sand/smooth as a shell/or golden grain-/a silky sea/lace on our land/like petticoats/loose on your legs/plundering’
from From Shell To Sand

and other times simple and sharp:

‘February/sky like a shooting/Kalashnikov/fires hail stones on my/car roof just like bullets/on a tin can’
from Hit Sky

both styles equally effective.’


Compass Head  is a good collection of contemporary verse, and can be purchased here:

Nat’s WordPress blog can be found here:

From the Jackdaw to the Blackbird: the crown and baton has been passed on. Enjoy your reign.