On writing and illness

Reading Arthur W. Frank’s astonishing At the Will of the Body  recently has given me pause to reflect on the relationship … More

Lifesaving Poems: Jane Kenyon’s ‘Let Evening Come’

A couple of weeks after I finished my radiotherapy treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in October 2006 I bought Jane Kenyon’s … More

When one poet rescues another poet

I came across Hubert Moore’s fantastic book of poems The Hearing Room (Shoetstring, 2006) via my friend and neighbour Lawrence Sail. In … More

Losing my ambition

Towards the end of my treatment for cancer in 2006 I had one of the most profound conversations of my … More

The ‘rollercoaster ride’ of cancer: an Interview with James Landale

It was great to hear the BBC’s Deputy Political Editor James Landale’s interview about his experience of treatment for cancer … More

The Next Big Thing: some questions about Love for Now

The Next Big Thing I have been been tagged by poet and blogger Abegail Morley to answer set questions relating to my memoir … More