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AofA People – Matthew Caley – Poet

Reading Time: 6 minutes Since his debut – Thirst [Slow Dancer, 1999] – was nominated for The Forward Prize for Best 1st Collection, Matthew Caley has published four more collections – the last three from Bloodaxe – and read everywhere from Novi Sad, Serbia to The Globe Theatre, London; from Prague’s Alchemy to Wayne-Holloway Smith’s living room. He’s recently taught Contemporary Poetry /Creative […]

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Tales of the Heart, literally

Reading Time: 4 minutes I am 74. I have always considered myself to be fit and healthy, even though I have been living with the consequences of a serious rock climbing injury for the last 20 years. I have followed a healthy diet and lifestyle: largely vegetarian, low alcohol consumption, not overweight, no drugs for the last 40 years, […]

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Poetry – how writing keeps me kicking up

Reading Time: 4 minutes ‘For a poem to emerge properly, you have to avoid confronting it. You have to keep it in sight without looking at it directly.’ Fiona Sampson, poet, in Mslexia Twelve years ago, I’d never written a poem. I wasn’t – so many say this – one of those people who started writing poems in their […]