The Compulsion to Compose

I have had the compulsion to compose since I first started writing at the age of 12. This compulsion comes from a wish to create, to leave something tangible in the world, to connect in the first instance with myself and then with the world outside. It enabled me to...

Book launch speech by Arthur Watson

Following is the text of the speech given by poet, artist and master puppeteer Arthur Watson to launch ’13 ::: The Tenderness of Knives’ by Patrick Stack. I’ve known Patrick Stack for about 14 years and feel privileged to call him a friend, fellow...

Launch Invitation

Here is a launch invitation in PDF format to view and/or download. You are cordially invited to attend the launch of my third poetry collection “13 ::: The Tenderness of Knives” which takes place on Saturday 06 July 2019 at 5pm in The Record Break café,...

Third Poetry Collection

After months of toil I am delighted to report that my third poetry collection has now finally gone to print. I signed off on the proofs earlier today and should have the book sometime next week. The collection is titled “13 ::: The Tenderness of Knives”...

Blogging is hard work

Blogging is hard work when you are so busy you feel you don’t have time to scratch. Under these circumstances, blogging feels like a chore, when in fact it should never feel like that. So, it’s time for an attitude change on my part so as to remove the...

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