Amongst all of this stuff I am a poet. In Autumn I want to deliver you a book of selected poems chosen from each of my collections dating back to 1985. This will offer a clear view of me through Read more [...]
File is an anagram of life. I was previously informed that my files had been lost by The Iron Mountain.
They arrived a few days ago. The first record is July 1967. I was born in May 1967. The Read more [...]
A box arrived two days ago. That's this box. It's filled with the answer to my one request of Wigan Social Services since leaving their systems thirty years ago: the files record my childhood of seventeen Read more [...]
Seven days in the United States and Brazil. As the plane lands the guardian newspaper releases the news of my Chancellorship. I'm met at Washington Dallas Airport by Dr Yonas Zegeye. He is a highly Read more [...]
Amy is an incredible film. The found footage of a lost life works its way through me as I walk out of the cinema tonight and into the devastatingly open wings of Angel where I live. There’s a Read more [...]
Poems have a life of their own. In this case it's certainly true. “I named my new born baby after after the title of your poem” wrote a mother last week. Her child is named "Rain". My poem Read more [...]
I have been overwhelmed by the love and kindness of well wishers since the announcement of my Chancellorship at The University of Manchester. Please forgive me that I can’t reply to each one of thousands Read more [...]
When I receive my honorary Doctorate from University of Manchester in October it will be conferred by the Chancellor of University of Manchester.
When Vice Chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell offered me Read more [...]
Hiya and a Merry Christmas to you. It's a bit early for the “Merry Christmas” bombshell but hear me out This year I’m coordinating three Christmas Dinners for care leavers. One in Leeds one in Read more [...]
Dear Greg Dyke, Chairman of The Football Association,
In the eighties, my early days at BBC, it was common knowledge amongst friends that there was more diversity in the canteen than anywhere Read more [...]