2022-23 Beat Poet Laureate (England)

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  • ‘Beneath the Gravel Weight of Stars’ & the Beat mythology of the supertramp’.

    ‘Beneath the Gravel Weight of Stars’ & the Beat mythology of the supertramp’.

    Currently (July 2022) I’m working on an article called Beneath the Gravel Weight of Stars’ & the Beat mythology of the supertramp. It’s part review, part reflection, part interview with next gen-Beat goddess Mimi German and is due for publication in the forthcoming edition (#7) of the eco-arts magazine, Steel Jackdaw. btw: you can still…

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  • omg  – at last!

    omg – at last!

    So, I’ve finally updated this website, moving it from my political and philosophy blog to reflect what occupies my time today: my writing. Oblivion: 200 Seasons of Pain and Magic was released at the end of last year and I’m delighted to report that its success has meant that this year I was awarded the…

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  • Life isn’t worth Living

    Life isn’t worth Living

    Review of the novel ‘The Hermit’ by Eugene Ionesco One of the most famous philosophical maxim’s is ‘The unexamined life is not worth living (1)’. Absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco’s only novel ‘The Hermit’ (1973) (2) is the absolute embodiment of this aphorism, albeit the conclusion presented being that, actually, life isn’t worth living examined or not.…

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available for readings

I read at Blackwell’s in Oxford for the centenary of Jack Kerouac’s birth in March 2022 and have appeared in numerous National Beat Poetry Foundation readings. My local safe place to land is the Gloucestershire Poetry Society‘s Crafty Crows, but I’m also a member of the Dean Writers Circle. pm me via Facey if you’re interested in me doing a reading set.


You can find my tribute to Jack Kerouac in issue #23 of the brilliant Beatdom magazine alongside work by Kerouac biographer, Gerald Nicosia and inimitable Ryan Matthews among others.

I’m working on a collection of Haiku, a Beat travelogue (Beat in Big Sur & Beat in Berlin), the best of BeatSurreal (which includes new work I’ve curated from a whole new range of outlaw poets and next-Gen Beat poets) and a follow-up to OBLIVION, currently going under the working title of ‘Turning Leaves’ (with a Forest of Dean/Wye Valley long poem, new Beat poets and the completion of my Words from Wyeth cycle which began way back in mid-90s’).

a few who have influenced my work

Richard Brautigan. Jack Kerouac. the Buddha. Walt Whitman. Allen Ginsberg. Gary Snyder. Paul Eluard. Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Matsuo Basho. the Beats. dirty realism. surrealism & dada.