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Making the jump

Making the jump

The swallows return and we host our first gathering in the garden, leading me to reflect on what makes it possible to make leaps of faith.

you are here

you are here

The Bere Peninsula lies at the tidal end of the Tamar Valley, as far west in Devon as it is possible to venture. Made almost an island by the rivers Tamar and Tavy, it is a place of wild beauty and challenging isolation, of hardship and hard work, dynamite-shocked copses and flower‑filled verges.

Cartwheeling

Cartwheeling

The natural world bounds and cartwheels back to life, bringing opportunities for much-missed connections.

The view from the hill

The view from the hill

A reflection on our relationship with the natural world in light of a proposed development on a green field site in Sandford

Tell Me Something – Episode 2

Tell Me Something – Episode 2

Episode 2 of Tell Me Something has landed!

Bita kaulo munthos

Bita kaulo munthos

February turns from darkness to light as the days lengthen, life begins to push up out of the earth and we find reasons to have hope.

Three carols and a song

Three carols and a song

So this is ChristmasLike most of us, I navigate and feel comforted by the traditions that we wheel out at this time of year; the foods that we cook, the people we see, the stories we tell, the songs that we sing. And this year, 

Share in the Square II – the solstice edition

Share in the Square II – the solstice edition

Poetic Licence are back for Share in the Square II with BBC Radio 4’s Matt Harvey and local heroes The Swamp Gods.

Crediton Radio – One Year On

Crediton Radio – One Year On

A year after it started, Ysella catches up with Crediton Radio founder Jake Lloyd to see how plans are progressing for the community radio station

Poetic Licence:Share in the Square

Poetic Licence:Share in the Square

Sunday August 30th11am – 2pmCrediton Town Square Robert Garnham Tim King, Jackie Juno, Shelley SzenderOpen mic & music Poetic Licence have teamed up with Crediton Arts Centre to bring some of the best performance poets in the South West to Crediton’s town square on August 

A taste of the before times -Share in the Square

A taste of the before times -Share in the Square

On August Bank Holiday Sunday we had our first live performance gig in the sort-of-after times as part of Crediton Arts Centre’s Share in the Square and it was a corker.We had a stonking line up of performers headlined by Robert Garnham and supported by 

It’s here! Tell Me Something – the Poetic Licence podcast

It’s here! Tell Me Something – the Poetic Licence podcast

We were bowled over by the quality of submissions we received for the inaugural episode of the Tell Me Something podcast. We’ve collected them together and woven your poems and sounds to create an immersive sound journey. Find your safe space, close your eyes and 

Poetry Profile – Kerry Priest

Poetry Profile – Kerry Priest

Kerry Priest is a poet, sound artist and playwright. I caught up with her digitally to talk poetry, life and 2020.

Poetry Profile – Jackie Juno

Poetry Profile – Jackie Juno

Jackie Juno is a former Bard of Exeter and multiple poetry slam winner. Always a big hit with audiences, I caught up with her remotely to find out more about what makes her creative heart tick.

Imperfect

Imperfect

Learning to embrace imperfection in life and writing

Sandford Scenes – Autumn

Sandford Scenes – Autumn

Like most dog walkers, we regularly walk the same ways with Cooper. One of these is a there-and-back again which runs along the footpath alongside our garden through into Gorwyn’s Field, down past Furlongs and over Lower Creedy bridge, along Thornedges to the river. John 

Poetry Profile – Robert Garnham

Poetry Profile – Robert Garnham

Robert Garnham, aka The Professor of Whimsy, has been taking his much-loved brand of LGBT whimsy and humour to UK audiences for over a decade. He’s an inveterate performer at the Edinburgh fringe, a prolific writer and co-host of popular South Devon Spoken Word night 

Sounds of Silence

Sounds of Silence

Sandford is a village in mid Devon. It lies 2 miles north of Crediton and 9 miles north west of Exeter and is one of a number of villages scattered along a sandy valley where the earth is red and ribboned by the river Creedy. 

All Change

All Change

It isn’t always possible to see that things are changing, it can happen so gradually that it’s hard to detect, or you’re so immersed in the moment that you don’t notice – and then you find that suddenly your hair covers your eyes, new lines 

To and Fro

To and Fro

LOCKING DOWNAs lockdown rumbles on, my fantasies begin to revolve around journeys. I roll the memory of driving into the grey January dank on the Saturday A303 around in my head; the cushion of the seat against the back of my legs, the low chatter