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Author: Peter Kay

Poetry on The Moor

Thrilled to be asked to headline the first anniversary PotM  event today and to be able to promote my books. I chose to share amongst other things a poem inspired by the Spanish poet Leon Fillipe, who was one of my fathers favourite poets. Fillipe was born in Tabara and fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War and died in exile. As a great coincidence I was in Tabara on the 18th April 2016, during my waling of the Via de La PLata. The 18th April was my father’s birthday.

I am walking in your footsteps

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Anniversary

Today is the second anniversary of the publication of Show Me The Way To Santiago, and my father’s birthday.  He would have been 102 today. Despite not being able to hold any launch events due to COVID/Lockdowns, 170 copies have been sold and almost £900 raised for the MNDA.

Next month will see the launch of my latest book – A Very Alternative Coast To Coast, and the opportunity to hold in person events to mark its publication. Whilst AVAC2C will of course take pride of place, I will use opportunities to promote SMTWTS, as well.

I had hoped by today to have sold 200 copies  of SMTWTS and raised £1,000. Those are still targets I hope to pass during the coming year.

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AVAC2C nearing publication

All the online editing has been done and the cover designs created and agreed. All that remains is a hard copy edit, before a publication date is agreed. Watch this space for more information and for details of launch events

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AVAC2C

Hope to have front cover resolved this week. Moving ever closer to a publication date

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WINTER

A blackbird sings plangent as the sun rises and day breaks pinky-orange.

Yesterday it was after nine before light penetrated the subfusc of morning

Frost forms lacy patterns on trampled ferns, pinnae fronds beneath my feet.

Today, they will outlast daylight, unmoved by watery rays from far away.

Resident robin greets, where days before I had planted, gifting him lunch.

He’ll make do with scattered seeds, new life can’t pierce winter’s solid earth.

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SMTWTS Update

26 copies of Show Me The Way To Santiago were sold across all platforms last month and the total raised for MNDA is now approaching £900.

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Coniston

Coniston is my favourite place in all The Lakes, but for a painful achilles, I would have been running my fifteenth Coniston 14 earlier this month. Tomorrow we are off for a short break to a cottage overlooking the lake. I have built into the itinery a day of writing. Here is a poem I wrote recently

Coniston

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Publisher’s launch

Last Saturday night saw the launch of my publisher Curious Cat Books company at Waterstones in bradford. It coincided with Waterstones 25th anniversary. I was finally able to get to read some extracts from SMTWTS in person. Great night with fellow Authors and invited guests

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Poetry on the Moor

Poetry on The Moor (6) is due to take place on Sunday 3rd October. Already has the numbers to make it a potential rival for the very first POTM.

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Poetry Events coming up

On Sunday Poetry-on-the-Moor (2) will be taking place on Baildon Moor. On Monday and Tuesday I will be involved in Poetry Zoom events hosted in Leeds and Milton Keynes respectively. I have two other live (in person) events later this month. Poetry’s coming home!

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Poetry on the Moor

Tomorrow will be the second Poetry on the Moor, outdoor poetry event. L:ooking forward to hearing other poets and sharing some words

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Just in – Amy’s Bookshelf Review

4 stars
Such a grand journey
Kay pens an unimaginable journey in Show Me The Way To Santiago. This is the first book of the Author’s that I’ve read. The path travelled is the route of the Via De la Plata from Seville to Santiago, a distance of 1,006 kilometres, in north west Spain. Kay tells of his journey, his adventures and those who he met, and who shared their own personal stories. It’s more than just a journey, it’s a pilgrimage, and I think it’s amazing that he had the stamina to walk all that way. It’s a very interesting read, and he wrote about his travels, wonderfully. I look forward to reading more by this Author. Show Me The Way To Santiago is a definite recommendation by Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews.

Thank you Amy Shannon

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Outdoor Poetry event

Looking forward to being able to share poetry for the first time in a non-zoom context, since before the pandemic began. Four weeks from today in an open space, not far from home, with a number of other local poets/writers, I shall be spouting forth!

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