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The sub shining through clouds over a wetlands marsh, Sunderland Point, Lancashire

What a year it’s been. Much as I believe in active hope, I found the General Election result incredibly demoralising. Not only was the Conservative majority achieved with a minority of the popular vote, and the bullying help of a billionaire media, I just can’t see how Brexit can be ‘done’ without destroying the United Kingdom. But Tory voters don’t seem to care about Scotland or peace in Northern Ireland, or homelessness and food banks, or rising levels of inequality and racism, as evidenced by the dreadful antisemitic violence and vandalism we saw over Hanukkah. And that’s not even mentioning constitutional changes, post-truth politics and the devastating impact five years of Conservative rule will have on the environment. Enraged and bruised, I took time off social media over Christmas to recover, heading up North to spend time with family and friends. Chatting with Big Issue sellers in the rubble of the…

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Image of a Labour Party scratchcard advent calendar, listing their election promises

  What a week. As the fates of the country and the planet whirl in the balance like fragile baubles on a Christmas tree for sale out in a blizzard . . . ADAMANTINE, my third poetry collection, is published today in the UK.  While the United Kingdom still exists!  Facebook friends know I’ve been quite exercised about the General Election, but even before I knew my British Publication Day would be swamped by the most important national poll of our lifetimes, I had decided to wait out the hectic Winterval season and line up some readings in the New Year. I wanted to make a little fuss though, so back in September I hired design wizard Sheila Urbanoski and her gaggle of elves at SheShe to help me refresh my website for the occasion. Given that I was also burning the midnight oil this autumn to help Waterloo Press…

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