Field recording #1

Black Ven/ June 10, 2016/ meditation, poem, poetry/ 0 comments

field recording#1 Evidence vole carcass perfect laid thrush wraith feathers splayed vibrating frequencies heaving harmonies only immortals see  beyond boundaries -sleight augury! such oracles, We.

Swimming and writing

Black Ven/ June 3, 2016/ journey, poetry, sea/ 0 comments

It’s June, time to get down to the beach and take a dip in the sea. You may not think of a writing as a physical activity, but the fact is that you cannot write unless you connect body and mind as one. It is an activity of whole being. Writing requires as much an effort of mental and physical

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Birdsong and writing

Black Ven/ May 29, 2016/ journey, poetry/ 0 comments

    I’m sitting at my desk with windows thrown open to the fields and the air filled with birdsong. As I sit here listening, I become aware of patterns that form and fade, tracing notes, and meditating a while. I let the music of the day silk over me and it doesn’t matter that I don’t know what these

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Rowing and Writing

Black Ven/ May 20, 2016/ writing life/ 0 comments

You can’t be a writer unless you write, engage, focus, toil. And endure. Endurance is something I’ve been thinking about a lot in the last few months. Rowing in the World Pilot Gig Championships at the start of this month in the Scillies I thought about what massive commitment it takes to be one of the better teams, whilst smarting

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Wave-Maker short story collection

Black Ven/ February 26, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

This winter I’ve been writing a collection of short stories to take a break from writing a novel. Wave-Maker is a series inspired by the story of a competitor in the 1969 solo non-stop single-handed round the world yacht race (The Sunday Times Golden Globe), his name was Donald Crowhurst. After nearly 240 days alone at sea without radio communication,

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