Wednesday, 5 August 2020


The cover of my new poetry book, Upturned. Launched on June 25th.

So much has happened since I last wrote here. 
We have been in and now out of Lockdown and seemingly a haven free of Covid (for now?) 
Cases are arriving from overseas daily and everyone who arrives is quarantined for two weeks. Most of those arriving are New Zealanders arriving back home from India, Europe, America, England, Australia ...

In other news (see above) I have had a new poetry book published. My fourth - this one with a new publisher. The books are available to order and / or buy from the publisher at The Cuba Press. 

At the same time, I have published a novel. Talk about a tiger for punishment! 

This book is available from Books Amazon 

These are odd times with us feeling cut adrift from the rest of the world, living in our own bubble. 

The world is falling into autumn and we are about to spring into Spring. Still wary of community outbreaks and of having to create safe borders wherever there is (if ever there is) another outbreak.

The small wax eyes love the sugar water and the sugar and oatmeal mixture I put out for them.

As Spring approaches I can’t help but wonder what’s the summer ahead going to be like? 
Hoping for the best, I’ve booked a week’s stay by the beach from New Years Eve on. 

It’s all we can do isn’t it? Hope. As the seasons change and the days grow longer, hope doesn’t seem such a bad thing.

I hope all of you and yours are okay, wherever you are in these troubled times. 

Clocking Out

 I have been neglecting this blog for some months. I think perhaps I should face facts and accept that it is indeed time to retire this blog...