Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Excitement grows as Full Blood lands at Salt Offices from Printers

Man I have butterflies with wings the size of albatrosses at the thought of my new book landing. It will be with me here on thursday and is out officially on Friday... 

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

I am a lover, I deal in love.

I am a lover, I deal in love. Sow flowers,  
Sow your surroundings to become a garden.
Don't sow thorns; for they will prick your feet.
We are all one body,
Whoever tortures another, wounds himself.
- Rahman Baba

Friday, 18 March 2011


'Sometimes the only way back is through ritual'

Ash Moon is one of a series of 13 animated films based on a sequence of poems from Recital - An Almanac (Salt).

Written, Produced & Spoken by John Siddique
Music by Katie Chatburn
Animation and Concept by Dr. Clarpupia Hernandez
Art Direction, Supervision, & Co-production by Walter Santucci

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Doug - Waiting for us to leave

March - Checking in....

I’d like to ask you a question which will help with my thinking at present; is there a friendship in literature, film or TV which has informed your own take on friendship in a positive way? And can you tell me what it has given to you? Just something I’m ruminating on. I know I can always rely on readers of this blog for stimulating and inspiring responses.
My Poem 'Making It Up' was featured on BBC Radio 4's POETRY PLEASE this week. The theme of the programme was poetry to inspire the Olympics. In the ancient games poetry was very much at the heart of both the Olympic and Delphic Games. The piece was beautifully read at the beginning of the show. I can't think of much which is more satisfying to a writer than to see his work having a life of its own in the world and providing people with inspiration, meaning or story. (The show is being repeated on 12th March at 11.30pm).
The Spring Equinox is almost here, and we seem to be having all the weather at once here in Hebden. I hope this note finds you well and thriving and that the coming Spring holds both promise and actuality for you in these very strange times. Has it always been strange times? Perhaps we’d best not think about that too much. I certainly need to get into the garden and get things prepared for the Spring.
Full Blood is just weeks away. The cover is so wonderful, of course one has so many hopes and dreams wrapped up in a book when it comes out, but it is getting the book a foothold in the real world with readers, which is my goal right now. This book was written without considering the consequences, because it needed to exist. I think there’s going to be some very interesting responses to it indeed. For now I just can’t wait for you to see it. I hope it will find its way to you and become part of your reading life.
I’ve been reading David Foster Wallace’s astonishing book Consider The Lobster, slow going as it is so dense in it’s movement, but so very good.. Highly Recommended.. Also worth a look given our current politics and what is happening in The East is Gene Sharp’s - From Dictatorship to Democracy.

Until next time
Kindest regards


Sunday, 6 March 2011

Poetry Please

My poem Making It Up from Don't Wear It On Your Head opens this week's edition of Poetry Please on Radio 4. I think it is beautifully read. The reader sounds a bit like Derek Jarman.. lovely

You can hear it for the next week on BBC iPlayer if you are in UK