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Monday, 7 September 2015

Essay in Berfrois magazine: ‘21 Poems: 21 Reasons For Choosing Jeremy Corbyn’: Why I Put It Together

The U.K. based online magazine Berfrois, who themselves published an E-book of 20 Poems for Corbyn asked me to write for them an essay on why I put together 21 Poems: 21 Reasons for Choosing Jeremy Corbyn. 

A long-time friend and, for his sins, former member of the Yorkshire Regional Executive of the Labour Party came to visit for a few days in early May. He arrived the evening of Wednesday, May 6th, having voted by postal ballot for his local Labour candidate in the UK General Election which of course took place the following day. Our plan was that we would, at the appointed hour – together with my immensely tolerant wife Susan and our altogether less tolerant cat – gather around David Dimbleby, eat and drink to excess, and watch the predicted hung parliament unfold…” read on.
Berfrois's Poems for Corbyn includes poems by Erin Belieu, Ian Birchall, Becky Cherriman, Natalie Chin, Josephine Corcoran, Alec Finlay, Iain Galbraith, Helen Ivory, Andy Jackson, Erik Kennedy, Marion McCready, Nicholas Murray, Pascale Petit, Tom Pickard, Ian Pindar, Michael Rosen, Michael Schmidt, Ernest Schonfield, Nick Telfer and Rory Waterman.

21 Poems: 21 Reasons for Choosing Jeremy Corbyn includes poems by Penelope Shuttle, Merryn Williams, Mike Jenkins, Neil Fulwood, Jo Waterworth, Jacqueline Smith, Colin Dardis, Angela T. Carr, Dave Lordan, Ruth Aylett, Jack Grady, Mark Cassidy, Maurice Devitt, Charles Bane, Jr., Nick Rush, Helen Harrison, John Throne, and Pete Mullineaux. 

Monday, 24 August 2015

21 Poems: 21 Reasons for Choosing Jeremy Corbyn LAUNCHED!

poems by Penelope Shuttle, Merryn Williams, 
Jacqueline Smith, Owen Gallagher,
 Neil Fulwood, Mark Cassidy, 
Pete Mullineaux, Helen Harrison, 
John Throne, Angela Carr, 
Charles Bane Jr., Mike Jenkins, 
Jo Waterworth, Colin Dardis, 
Dave Lordan, Ruth Aylett, 
Jack Grady, Maurice Devitt, 
Nick Rush...
You can read the poems here.

Friday, 14 August 2015

21 Poems 21 Reasons for Choosing Jeremy Corbyn is currently seeking submissions.

21 Poems: 21 Reasons for Choosing Jeremy Corbyn is currently seeking submissions.

The project will appear online during voting in the UK Labour leadership election. 

We are looking for quality poems which are in some way relevant, in the broadest possible sense, to the issues raised by Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign

Poems can have been previously published, either in collections, anthologies, or magazines.

If you are interested, please email your poem, as an attachment, with an accompanying 50 word bio, to me Kevin Higgins at

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

A Politicised Evening of Poetry at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop with Mike Jenkins & Kevin Higgins

Welsh poet Mike Jenkins
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop presents ‘A Politicised Evening of Poetry’ with prominent Welsh poet Mike Jenkins, and Kevin Higgins. Both poets write poems which comment, often acerbically, on the world as it is. All are welcome to attend, even members of Fine Gael or visiting British tourists who voted for David Cameron. There is no cover charge.

The event will take place at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Middle Street, Galway on Thursday, August 20th, 6.30pm

Mike Jenkins is a retired secondary school teacher who lives in Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales. His first poems were published in the Irish Press newspaper in the 1970s. He is a winner of the Eric Gregory Award, Wales Book of the Year and John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry. Mike is a former editor of Poetry Wales and co-editor and founder of RED POETS magazine, which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. He has published novels, short stories and children's books. His latest book is called Shedding Paper Skin, a collection of poetry, is published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch. One critic said: “Mike Jenkins writes in a unique style that is sometimes raucous and often sardonic, but it can also be tender and plaintive."

Kevin Higgins most recent collection of poems, The Ghost In The Lobby, was launched at the 2014 CĂșirt Festival by Mick Wallace TD. His poems also feature in Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed Neil Astley, Bloodaxe May 2014).  Last year his work was the subject of a paper titled ‘The Case of Kevin Higgins: Or The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire’ given by David Wheatley at a symposium at the University of Aberdeen. Mentioning The War, a collection of his essays and reviews, was published by Salmon in April, 2012.  Kevin recently re-joined the British Labour Party, as an overseas member, almost twenty four years after he was shown the door for being a tad too Militant in his socialism. He is currently curating an online project ’21 Poems: 21 Reasons for Choosing Jeremy Corbyn’. 
Kevin Higgins attending launch of the 21s issue of ROPES magazine
All are most welcome to attend. There is no cover charge.

The event will take place at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Middle Street, Galway on Thursday, August 20th, 6.30pm.