I had the great good fortune to spend New Year’s Eve in Manchester, being interviewed by Jenni Murray on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. During the interview I performed several of my poems, including ‘Madame Honfleur’ (about the Tree bumblebee that recently arrived on our shores) and a new poem specially commissioned by Woman’s Hour for the New Year.
I’ve been taken aback by the massive amount of feedback I’ve had from this appearance – people sending wonderful comments to me by email, tweet and facebook, and ordering my Buzzing! CD and my ‘2009 in Rhyme’ CD. Thank you to all of you who’ve contacted me. It’s great to know I’ve put a smile on so many people’s faces.
2010 has been quite a radio-packed year, one way and another, beginning with a poem for Julia Booth on BBC Radio York in January, and moving on to a commission from the Radio 2 Arts Show for World Poetry Day in March and one from the BBC World Service in October.
So, now we’re into 2011, and I’m looking forward to including some of these poems in the Rhymes of the Times show I’m performing on Saturday 29th January as part York Residents Festival, and the Buzzing! show (that will include ‘Madame Honfleur’) that I’m performing at York Theatre Royal on Saturday 19th March.
Hope to see some of you there! (email me for details)
Meanwhile, Happy New Year to one and all!