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My interest in poetry started as a child when my mother recited poems to me. I read and write poetry and upload to YouTube.

Poets and their Poems

Black Country Londoner

Here in Walsall we have a thriving poetry society chaired by Richard Archer or as he is perhaps better known in local poetry circles, Skaggy the Poet. Last year the society  produced an anthology called Diverse Verse, a celebration of poetry from the West Midlands and beyond. Many of the contributors were well-known names on the Black Country poetry circuit including, Femi Abidogun, Marianne Burgess, Ian Ward, Tina Negus, Jerry Peterson, Bryan “LaGrif” Griffin and former Walsall laureate, Ian Hennery to name but a few, as well as the incomparable Mr A himself. All the work was given free and all the proceeds went to the Mayor of Walsall’s charities for that year.

This year I am delighted to report that Richard has once again been busy compiling another collection called Diverse Verse 2 (see below)


This edition features many of the same poets from the first plus some new ones, all of…

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Diverse Verse 2 sells out again at Southcart Books

Poems and more from Richard Archer

It seems I just can’t print copies of Diverse Verse 2 fast enough because as soon as I get them to Southcart Books they’re sold out and I have to order some more. I shouldn’t complain though as that’s more money plus what will be made this month in digital sales that can be donated to Cancer Research UK.

Part of this success story is due to Southcart itself, this is a shop that supports local authors, writers, musicians, photograhers and more. They have a local author table and shelves full of great works by talented folk from Walsall and beyond plus they hold a regular open mic. ( Last Saturday of the month but the next one’s on the 1st July.)

If you’re a local author, poet etc with a book or CD out then you can’t go wrong getting in touch with Scott and Amy who run…

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The United Kingdom General Election 2017 will take place on 8 June 2017. I know who I am going to vote for and my reasons for that choice. I also feel as if I know who everybody else is going to vote for and their reasons!




Everybody knows who’s best,

Lost causes are forgotten,

Election fever is a test and

Criticising seems the best—way

To sell yourself and party.

I really now have had enough

Of all the words and paper,

Now shrouding mist and fluffy clouds—a miasma of vapour!


Copyright © 2017 Jean Aked


Diverse Verse 2 is launched and ready to buy.

Poems and more from Richard Archer

I open the event with a reading of one of my poems in the book.

Yesterday the poetry book I’ve compiled for charity “Diverse Verse 2” was launched at Southcart Books in Walsall, and I’m pleased to say the event was a roaring success.

20 poets including myself turned up to read and with the audience that came to support the launch and enjoy the great poems at times it was hard to move. The book’s sales will support Cancer Research UK and yesterday we raised £115 and sold every single copy I’d had printed.

Here’s some photos from the event and after them I’ll let you know where the book can be bought from.

Paul Elwell reads his poem “When I Was.”

Carole Howard reads “Lesson from a Tree.”

Rick Sanders with impeccable comic timing reads us poems on snooker and Goldilocks.

Rick Sanders also wrote a review of…

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The United Kingdom European Union membership referendum took place on Thursday 23 June 2016. The letter triggering article 50 will be sent on Wednesday 29 March 2017; this will start the two-year countdown to Brexit.



a triolet written by Jean Aked


‘Tis not the mountains and the seas

That separate and divide you;

It is that longing to be free,

‘Tis not the mountains and the seas.

It happened like a summer breeze,

There were no gales, strong winds that blew;

‘Tis not the mountains and the seas

That separate and divide you.


Copyright © 2016 Jean Aked