Six-Count Jive has a cover

whit eveningThis is beginning to feel real. Lapwing Publications and I have finished our edits this week and below you can see the cover. The little footsteps are muddled dancing efforts by someone struggling with the worst of post-traumatic stress disorder. Well done, Dennis, of Lapwing, I love it!

It’s off to the printers soon and there should be copies available in around a month. I’ll be putting PayPal on here so that you can have personally signed copies, with special good wishes to anyone with PTSD or who is close to someone with that diagnosis.

it’s a beautiful, sunny day here with the best of spring doing its best to break through. I wish you all a wonderful day, wherever you are. IMG_5115

Six-Count Jive on its way

You can never tell if a book is going to make it to publication until you’re holding a copy in your hand or see it there on the e-reader. That’s why the day the first copies are delivered is so huge. But this is a pretty big day for me too – the one where my poetry publisher, Lapwing in Belfast, said he has an ISBN waiting and that it’s time to work on the final draft of Six-Count Jive together.

I’ve been gathering the poems for nearly ten years now. They’ve been honed, criticised by helpful poet friends (here and in Northern Ireland) and checked time and again for mistakes and howlers. There’s more work ahead but I love having my words curated by someone who is interested in making my book available to strangers. Dennis Greig of Lapwing is one of the finest editors I’ve known.

More info soon. Have a happy weekend!