Saturday, 30 November 2013

Poem: Pool Lifeguard

ever wondered what it was like to work in a swimming pool?

A Present from Scarborough

You went to the shops to get someone a present,
And wrapped it with the best glitter you could buy.
Now the time comes, you watch them open it.
And in this first moment, they stop, stock-still,
Sensing there is something else as well inside.
Something else they cannot see, hear, taste, or smell;
Something else they cannot wear or even touch.
Rather, it touches them.
Something else called love.

Stuart Larner

Scarborough Review, December 2013

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Poem about the war memorial in the parkland on top of the hill overlooking Scarborough

The Seasons at Oliver’s Mount 
In winter, the referees’ whistles fill the field.
In spring, the birds’ songs fill the air among the trees.
In summer, the bikers’ drone fills the suburb below.
In autumn, the reading of memorial names fills the spirit
As it soars right out across the bay.
Stuart Larner   published in Scarborough Review November 2013

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

I was helping out with some DIY work on a house in this part of Scarborough and was impressed by the friendliness of the people and the general environment around the cemetery.

At the Door

Dean and Manor Roads carry stories
from the town’s grey streets, names,  numbered doors,
thresholds where you linger with polite hellos.
Inside the cemetery, green paths lead
to rows of slab gravestones,
doors to some other space.
And the old fading ones, difficult to read,
hold you longest there as if they, most of all,
had not quite finished saying goodbye.

Stuart Larner

first published in Scarborough Review, September 2013

Thursday, 11 July 2013


Free download

"Guile and Spin" second edition will be free to download from Amazon Kindle for five days starting July 12th 2013.

offer ends 16th July 2013
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happy reading

Friday, 5 July 2013

Yorkshire Post Review

I'm excited about the review in Yorkshire Post page 4, 5th July 2013. Culture and the Guide section reviewing "Guile and Spin". The review is hard copy at the moment, but your library might have it print or online reference.
My grateful thanks to the features editor.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Looking at a Print of Scarborough

This poem, published by Every Day Poets, was written as a response to a 1931 painting of Scarborough, UK, by local artist Edward Bawden. Threatened by decay, it was restored and now hangs in Scarborough Library and is called locally “The Bawden Map".

read it at:


Friday, 10 May 2013

'Guile and Spin' to be reviewed in the June 2013 issue of "All Out Cricket".

I've just heard that 'Guile and Spin' is going to be given a really good review in the next edition of this famous cricket magazine based in the UK.
Really Looking forward to it!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Is it possible to write a poem on anything?
One day I closed my eyes, and challenged myself to write a poem on the first thing I saw when I opened my eyes again. Since I was sitting at my desk at the time, the thing I saw was a cellotape dispenser.

The Cellotape Dispenser


Clung to its roll cellotape hides, clever,

Clearly eluding the keenest nail and eyes

That search its circumference for ever

Tensely hunting the slightest nick to prise.

Like cellotape we hide the tortured end

Of life’s crude tears and long twisting stresses

And when we are called upon again some part to mend

Our strengths tangle into weaknesses.

But the dispenser, a friend of measure,

Will keep an outstretched hand so clear and free.

The cutter zips. The bond grows with pressure

And clearly through it all we learn to see

How with simple help at various lengths

From weaknesses can come our greatest strengths.


Stuart Larner

first broadcast on:
The Northern Line
Huddersfield FM Community Radio
first published in:
Huddersfield Examiner
Huddersfield Newspapers Ltd

Friday, 15 March 2013

Feeling hungry?

but if you agree to a meal with an old friend will it lead to something new and exciting ?

see my poem

Monday, 18 February 2013

my poem "Map Reading" is published in the latest edition of Kansas City Voices".
It's not free to view as an archive yet.

to purchase the magazine go to:

"Guile and Spin"

now in paperback,

not just ebook!
Ever walked a dog at night?

A funny thing happened to me one evening:

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to find out what.