The Hat in the Cat
John's old friend from the Bristol days Alison Mountain is co-owner of this quirky and stylish hat shop in Bridgend in Perth. John was there for the shop's official opening and pops in looking for a touch of je ne sais quoi any time he's in the neighbourhood. Find out more at textilecentre.co.uk.
Partan Press Children's Books
John's webmaster Donald Gunn is the co-founder of a new venture that takes a flexible and exciting approach to the publishing of books for children of all ages and reading capabilities. Take a look at partanpress.co.uk for more information.
John's talented nephew Paul has been playing the guitar since he was 10 years old. His first public performances were with his uncle John, supporting him on his tour dates in various theatres and festivals. He now has his own band and is doing quite nicely thank you - see www.paulhegleyband.com for more info.
Apples and Snakes
This pioneering poetry organisation focuses on working with emerging artists, and aims to stretch the boundaries of poetry in performance and education.
Bad Poetry Quarterly
Copies of this magazine are available to buy for 99p + 1 first class stamp per issue. Cheques to be made payable to G Smith.
They are always on the lookout for new poems and illustrations. When you send in your work please make sure your name and address are on each page. Your contribution can be returned only if you include a S.A.E. Send to:
Bad Poetry Quarterly
PO Box 6319
London E11 2EP
Clod Magazine and Luton Haiku
Clod Magazine is a fine specimen of
Luton lifestyle rebel-lit
and was established in 1987. Luton Haiku is its soul-sibling. Check them out at clodmagazine.wx.com/ourspace and facebook.com/hightownhaiku/!
Diamond Twig is a small press launched in 1992 by Ellen Phethean and Julia Darling to publish new writing by women in the North East of England. Its projects include The Ropes: Poems to Hold On To, an anthology co-edited by John, which is of particular relevance to young people.
Do The Green Thing
Help John save the planet - see how you can do your bit at www.dothegreenthing.com!
A small independent press established in 1987, unusual for keeping all their books in print.
John appears in their anthology In the Company of Poets and has performed at Torriano Meeting House a number of times. Follow the link to discover more...
Inclusifolk is a homespun, do-it-yourself personal record label promoting his own poetry and music creations. As the name suggests, it's an inclusive artform and uses elements of the many folk music sub genres. Find out more about what BBC Radio describes as "this eccentric slice of the British way of life" here.
Julian Goodacre Bagpipe Maker
Julian Goodacre has been playing, researching, developing and making a unique range of English bagpipes, Scottish smallpipes and Border pipes for 20 years.
His CD Some Of Me Pipes includes a track featuring a duet with Our John on mandolin. See Julian's website www.goodbagpipes.com for more info and details of how to purchase.
Media and English Centre
A great site for teachers looking for inventive approaches to the teaching of
literature, language and media studies.
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For poetry information of a more general kind, featuring events, a magazine and other listings.
The official website for Poetry Olympics events, Jazz Poetry SuperJams and New Departures publications.
"The poetry and writers' magazine that thinks it's still cool"!
To find out about other artists with UK Touring, have a look at their website: