Cartwheel Arts – Tell Us Another One

A very enjoyable 2 days last week in Rochdale working on a project for Cartwheel Arts alongside Nick Farrimond who was there to provide the technical wizardry for the resulting blog. Pictured here are some of the residents of Ashcroft Retirement and Sheltered Housing Homes that I’m writing with.

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Worn with Pride

Iworn-with-pride-front-cover-jpeg I have recently finished a project for East Cheshire Quakers. I was employed to run a series of workshops in 5 Macclesfield High Schools and to produce an anthology of the poems that resulted. The theme was ‘Conscientious Objectors in WWI’. Copies of the anthology, Worn with Pride, are available from

Macclesfield Visitor Information Centre

Macclesfield Museums

(The Silk Museum, The Old Sunday School, West Park Museum and Paradise Mill)

Friends House Bookshop

Proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to University of Bradford, Quaker Peace Studies Trust (Registered Charity No. 529095).

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Cancellation of Goostrey P & P in December

Please note: the 7th December 2016 Poems & Pints in Goostrey has had to be cancelled. We’ll recommence in February. Congleton’s P & P on 17th January 2017 is unaffected.

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Talkin’ Bob Dylan holiday

talkin-bob-dylan-hf-holidays-feb-17I’m pleased to see that HF Holidays have listed my Talkin’ Bob Dylan holiday as one of their ‘favourites’ for next year. Here’s what they say:

“With so many new holidays on offer in 2017, it’s been a tough decision… but here goes with some favourites as voted by colleagues in other departments:

Talkin’ Bob Dylan with new Music Appreciation Leader John Lindley. Join us at Church Stretton as we explore the craftsmanship, dedication and eclecticism of this brilliant wordsmith and performer.”

If you’re interested in coming, please see HF Holidays website with details of how to book. We’ll have fun

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Summer Wordfest

Summer Wordfest, The Blue Cap, Sandiway, Northwich, CW8 2DN. 8 pm – 11 pm. Tuesday 12th July 2016. Guest readers: David Bateman, Mandy Coe, John Lindley, David Gaffney. Music: John & Ailsa Booth plus Open Mic’. Compere: Sarah MacLennan. £3/2 concs.

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Secret Places

Secret House Concert Series No.1: Reel to Real with John Lindley – Barnaby Festival. Film buffs Ruth and Paul play host to Cheshire Poet Laureate, John Lindley. Poetry and movies collide on page and screen for an entertaining journey through the golden age of cinema. Readings of Lindley’s original poetry and expertly chosen archive clips of the Hollywood greats capture the imagination. Meet: 7.15pm Tuesday 21 June 2016 at Tytherington School, Car Park. Performance 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. £5. Advance booking essential, tickets available online only.  

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Weaver Words Festival

Saturday 9th April


Poetry & illustrated talk with John Lindley

Former Cheshire Poet Laureate and atheist John Lindley bridges the gap between religion and the arts in this fascinating and thought-provoking presentation Crossing the Divide. Against a background of projected images, he performs poems inspired by the religious paintings of American artist, Daniel Bonnell, a devout Christian, and tells the story behind this remarkable collaboration.

It should not be underestimated how powerful this event was, and how many people would be interested in seeing it. It would appeal to everyone Atheists or Christians because everyone is interested in the search for answers, the questioning, and that’s ultimately what ‘Crossing the Divide’ is about. Thought provoking and inspiring.” Review

John Lindley is a freelance poet and creative writing tutor. An experienced performer, he has read at Ledbury Poetry Festival, Buxton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. He runs poetry workshops for writers’ groups, festivals and in prisons, schools, universities, youth clubs and day care centres. Widely published and a prize winner in a number of national competitions, his poetry has also been broadcast on radio. His ninth and latest collection, Dylan Thomas: Embers & Sparks, was published in February 2014.

Place: Castle Park Arts Centre

Time: 3 pm

Tickets: £8

Book tickets at or ring Box Office 0845 557 7469

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