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Slightly Wrong Poetry

When I am low only an Etheridge poem will get me up to go.   She is absurdly brilliant.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sandi Toksvig

I’m a poet. I write poems that make me laugh and sometimes they make other people laugh, too. I’m commissioned by lovely people like Sandi Toksvig and newspapers like The D*aily T*legraph. Yes, I took its money and am not ashamed. My poems have been performed by me, my friend Rachael and also Hugh Grant at the Royal Festival Hall. Yes, THAT Royal Festival Hall.

I perform stand-up poetry at festivals and stuff like that. The last show I did was for the Guildford Fringe Festival and was sold out. That’s how desperate people are in Guildford.


You can buy my book of slightly wrong poetry from Amazon and Waterstones. It’s called Slightly Wrong.


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Amy the Unicorn

My favourite all-time (so far) TED video is “The Happy Secret to Better Work” by positive psychology expert Shawn Achor.  It suggests that we’re more productive when we’re happy and gives you loads of ways to start creating a happier mindset.

It’s funny, informative and ultimately uplifting.

It inspired me to write a haiku, and here it is:


Amy the Unicorn. A haiku.


Unicorn Amy

Married Bobo the Leper

The foals are crusty.


All will be explained:

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Don’t drive like a twat this springtime

I’m a little concerned about ice-cream vans. Usually I hear the first ice-cream van of spring in February. I haven’t heard one yet so I’m assuming the population is in decline.

Evidently, it’s spring in the Guildford postcodes so here’s a poem about it. About spring, not the Guildford postcodes.

It rhymes, because poet.

Don’t Drive Like A Twat This Springtime

Don’t drive like a twat this springtime.
Don’t mow down a badger or two.
Don’t squash a hesitant bunny
Just to get first in the queue.

So what if you’re late for your meeting
Or the last seat has gone on the train?
Some bunnies will still have their mummy
So slow down on that nasty chicane.

It’s been proven by rigorous science
That good drivers have lovely bums.
Kind drivers are terribly clever
And bad ones are terribly dumb.

All the squirrels, frogs, pigeons and foxes
And winged hairy thingies like that
Will sing your praises forever
‘Cos you didn’t drive like a twat.

For more delightful poems like this one, try Slightly Wrong

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The Brussels Sequence

My copywriting friends, Paul Holder and Lara Groves, and I were bored one Christmas lunchtime so we came up with an important contribution to haiku culture. Lara hates Brussels sprouts. Can you guess which is the verse she wrote?
Come, friends, and let us
Praise the sprout in all its forms.
Boiled. That’s it, really.

What about breakfast?
Little balls quick fried with spuds:
Bubble and sprout squeak.

Girdle the little
Green with fine shortcrust pastry;
Lo! Sprout Wellington.

Put the kettle on
Dried balls, water to the line,
Pot Sprout for students.

Sin, scraped from the tongue,
Bitterness inspires puke.
Sprout, you win again.

Who would have thought a
Tiny cabbage engenders
Such discordant views?

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Why were their poets silent?

In Dark Times

by Bertolt Brecht, translated from the German by Humphrey Miles


They won’t say: when the walnut tree shook in the wind

But: when the house-painter crushed the workers.

They won’t say: when the child skimmed a flat stone

across the rapids

But: when the great wars were being prepared for.

They won’t say: when the woman came into the room

But: when the great powers joined forces against the


However, they won’t say: the times were dark

Rather: why were their poets silent?



house-painter: Brecht’s personal code for Adolf Hitler