07 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Medieval Monarchy and a Radical View

Edward the Second Kings and Queens, Princesses and Princes, Fairy Stories for children and for grown-ups, But this is no fairy tale, This is the story of a reign gone wrong: King Edward the Second, most foul murdered, So-say, on our Berkeley Cast...

07 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Radical Cirencester

Cirencester seems like a typical High-Tory Cotswold sort of town, Men in yellow and red cord trousers - Profuse pocket kerchiefs, tweed jackets, Highly polished shiny brown brogue shoes, Conservative ladies who take luncheon, Just one silent begg...

05 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Common People

The lexicon of popular history, With its ridge and furrowed semantic fields and stories, Opens doors of childhood perception, To fields of knowledge, imagination, Wonderment and enchantment – But, I think, especially enchantment. Take, for exampl...

11 Nov 2019 | Radical Stroud

Prehistory: Why is it so entrancing?

Circles without Class Ceilings Why can prehistory be so entrancing? Why do some people find prehistory so entrancing? Why do they become so spellbound When walking by, let’s say, a long barrow? How do they become so transported in time and space? ...

11 Nov 2019 | Radical Stroud

Prehistory and Wormholes of Time

As the traffic rumbles past on Cotswold roads, It’s hard to hear the chip of stone on flint, Or the croak of corvids with their blood-drip beaks, Or the breaking of the bones of a skeleton, Or smell the rotting flesh on the capstone, Or taste the ...

04 Oct 2019 | LucyFurLeaps

Cambridge Road Estate Tree Poems

Below are two of the poems I wrote specially for and read on Alison Fure’s Walk with Jane Soundwalk with the Museum of Walking back in September. There is another soundwalk taking place on Saturday 19th October from 10.30am. It is FREE but please book via the Walk with Jane website. See Alison’s blog for … Continue reading Cambridge Road Estate Tree Poems →

21 Aug 2019 | Radical Stroud

Peterloo and Revolution

REVOLUTION 1819-2019 This was the time when the age of Marx replaced that of Burke, The time when the ‘swinish multitude’ and ‘the mob’ became a working class, When there was not just the economic revolution of school textbooks, But also a presence...

28 Jul 2019 | Radical Stroud

Henry Hunt and Peterloo

‘With Henry Hunt, we’ll go my boys, With Henry Hunt, we’ll go, We’ll mount the Cap of Liberty, In spite of Nadin Joe. On the 16th day of August Eighteen hundred and nineteen, A meeting held in Peter’s Field Was glorious to be seen, Joe Nadin an...

16 Jul 2019 | LucyFurLeaps

Hogsmill Tiddlers

At the wooden bridge, beside the washing-willow, under frayed dare-devil rope-swing, we small-fry gather; splash-paddle in the sun-filled slipstream, our expectant jam jars perched ready on banks for contents of day-glo nets on bamboo poles, skim-dunked, dipped into laughing sparkle, we seek out elusive piscine lurkers, shoal-darters, minnow-school pretty-carpers, spike-backed silver-bellied sticklebacks, shimmer and shift … Continue reading Hogsmill Tiddlers →

08 Jul 2019 | LucyFurLeaps

Votes For Women! Annie Kenney and the 26 Armistice Project

Last year I was lucky enough to be part of a wonderful project by 26 and the Imperial War Museum: Armistice 100 Days. This ambitious project involved 100 writers each writing a centena – a specially created form of writing for the project – about someone who was alive during the First World War. Each … Continue reading Votes For Women! Annie Kenney and the 26 Armistice Project →

29 Jun 2019 | Radical Stroud

Radical Inns and Coffee Houses of London

Radical inns, taverns, alehouses, coffee houses, homes, houses, chapels, Institutes, debating clubs and Spencean ‘free and easies’ Derived from a reading of Radical Underworld by Ian McCalman, Radical Culture: Discourse, Resistance and Surveillance ...

02 Jun 2019 | Radical Stroud

The Life of Allen Davenport

Allen Davenport Prologue When you were there at the Hopkins Street political chapel, Or the Archer Street chapel in Soho, Or listening at the Mulberry Tree in Moorfields, In those months before the Cato Street Conspiracy, There, with Robert Wedde...

29 Apr 2019 | Radical Stroud

A Prehistory Trip to Stroud Museum

‘Museums make you more aware: Give You Sense Sensibility Knowledge A foothold in time Make you feel a part of it all’ It’s a right regular education When you visit Stroud Museum, To process through the rooms, On a trek to a prehistor...

17 Feb 2019 | Radical Stroud

A Wiltshire Town and Peterloo

I travelled on the GWR, Built not long after the Orator’s death, Passing through a mill-scape valley Known well by quondam colleague, William Cobbett, On past antique ridge and furrow fields, To Swindon, a town that I am sure Henry ‘Orator’ Hunt ...

05 Feb 2019 | Radical Stroud

Swinish Multitude

Edmund Burke ‘s Statue, Bristol, December 2018 Edmund Burke on the lower orders – ‘ a swinish multitude’ – ‘Along with its natural protectors and guardians, learning will be cast into the mire, and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude ...

13 Jan 2019 | Radical Stroud

The Kings and Kingdoms

The hollow roll of dates chronicling the tired litany of monarchs. Their dusty bones never sleeping gasping their phantom moans to every generation: To keep on fighting for the kingdom. To never forget king and kingdom comes first. You are its...

28 Oct 2018 | Radical Stroud

Captain Swing in Gloucestershire

‘And lo and behold! Here I am!’ It was a perfect autumn day for a bike ride, Mournful golds and russets and crimsons, Sun dappled and splashed as I climbed the wolds, To leave the pastoral valleys behind, And so reach the wide, open, brown-ploughe...