Easter’s done and spring is sprung

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Now that he is risen, so has my blood sugar. However, aside from a chocolate egg overdose things in The Pink House have been busy…

It’s been a month already since my second poetry book hit the virtual shelves and I must say, I was quite proud to see my Pandemic Poetry book make the charts on World Poetry Day. I couldn’t quite fend off stiff competition from TS Elliott and John Betjeman but, although they didn’t write anything new this year, I’ll concede this round on account of their crowd being just a little bigger than mine. Thanks to everyone who bought and downloaded a copy, I hope it made you smile and can’t wait to share more details about my next poetry collection soon! In the meantime, my poetry podcast is still the place to go for your regular witty ditty dose.

In other news, (literally) I was enormously chuffed to find a double-page spread in the spring issue of Billericay & Brentwood CommunityAd Magazine that featured my radio show on Phoenix FM. They sat me down for a Q&A about my Drivetime Show which was very cool but I was delighted they turned it into such a lovely article with some truly awesome feedback too.

Meanwhile, my regular radio shenanigans included everything you’d expect to hear from a live rap about Will Smith and a stylophone rendition of Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street to performing a poem about the city of Southend on BBC Essex.

There’s been a flurry of musical talent on my radio show lately and I enjoyed a nice chat with TikTok star Will Joseph Cook about his upcoming album. Grammy nominated songwriter Josh Ramsey zoomed in to talk about his debut solo album and hanging out with Bryan Adams! Plus, some of the brightest young stars on the Essex music scene joined me on air too; Chelmsford’s Roisin O’Hagan called in to talk about her fantastic new single, recording in Nashville and casually dropped in stories about Taylor Swift’s ACTUAL microphone. Brentwood’s Josie Beth joined me for a chat about her stunning debut single and Hutton’s Sophie Griffiths popped in for a lovely catch up about her incredible new single too. As always, you can check out all of their new music here and get up to speed up on all our gossip with the full interviews here. I was also rather honoured to be at Sophie’s first ever headline show this week and as you can see, everyone (including me and my elbow) had a great time!

Photo credit: Chun Wah Ng

And in the latest twist (unbelievable Jeff) I made my first visit (and hopefully many more next season) to Brentwood Town FC as their newest stadium announcer and miraculously managed to pronounce most of the names properly.

Taking my role as leader of their 12th man (the crowd) to heart, I celebrated the honour of providing the match day music too by spinning local band, Ocean Flaws. No doubt securing a place in the playoffs this season had nothing to do with me but that won’t stop me claiming it was 100% my win!

The next few weeks should bring even more musical guests, a new nature feature on the radio and hopefully some news on an exciting new comedy venture too.

Until then, be good… or at least don’t get caught.

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