Poem of the Day

Here you’ll find a poem that I’ve written recently or perhaps one from a performance set that somebody’s asked to see again. This one I wrote in response to a series of images by film maker Jonnie Dean.  Jonnie then edited the footage to fit the words. Today’s poem is called

Love Story in Peckham


Somewhere here there is a love story.

If you look

In the tilt of a face

In the dragging of a suitcase

This is a home place

A transitional space

Where things are

And things are not yet;

A time between that first look

And the first kiss

A breathless grace

In the homeward race

Between here and not there yet.

This homeless place

A negative space

Day for night

Shot through with light

Flaring from inside

Where we are moved

From looking To being looked at.

And somewhere here

In this breathless place

In the tilt of a face

There is a love story.

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Trisha Lewis’ Podcast

I’m delighted to be able to contribute to Trisha Lewis’ podcast series. We’re talking about the importance of the arts and the ideas that may spin off to benefit businesses in this difficult time.


Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival 2020

A podcast interview by Timo Peach called Talking Distance. Enjoy.

Keeping Up

You’ll be glad to know that we are all well and have survived up to now. I hope the last few months haven’t been too trying for you. Oddly enough, for all that time in lockdown I haven’t done any updates for this site. I’ve been making some little You Tube videos which you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3ivXR28aXGEQ4Pt7Ivxmr7AEQvI7JkOO

I’ll update you with some more of my other work as soon as I can. It also looks as though the site could do with a bit of a spring clean. I want to post some of the juicy bits from my musings on writing stories in My Story Story. I hope the rest of 2020 will give me time to get nearer to finishing Life and Death and Everything in Between which has been languishing on my hard drive for a couple of years now. Drop me an email if you’d like me to include any particular work.

Union in Speech

A great night sharing Poetry with other talented performers. Thanks to Nawar Saadi for organising such an interesting even and Wheelz Wheeler for photographs.

A great night organised by Nawar Saadi.
The theory of the Jacob’s Club Biscuit
More on the Jacob’s Club. Thanks to Wheelz Wheeler for the photos

Eve of War – Bournemouth

Trisha Lewis plays Nanny Eve Cummins in a touching,humorous and thought provoking play set on the eve of WW2. During the course of the drama we learn of Nanny Cummins’ life, disappointments and attitudes to the looming conflict as she reads from the big Victorian history book “Little Arthur’s History of England”. She fortifies herself with a swig from her special medicine bottle that she keeps hidden under her pillow. Nanny knows she cannot keep the truth of the horror of war from her little Arthur. And in a dramatic climax we come to understand the secret that Nanny herself has kept hidden all these years…”

This is a fully staged play which lasts for just under an hour and a half plus an interval

Trisha Lewis
Trisha is a Bournemouth based actress with an enormous range of professional work to her credit. Trisha is extremely well known for her work in Dorset and the South and over the years has specialised in single-handed portrayals of strong and quirky women such as Joyce Grenfell , Mary Woolstonecraft and Virgina Woolfe. As well as her theatre work she is well known throughout the region for her specialist work in reminiscence drama for elderly people
“..Inspirational solo performance..”
“…confident and beautiful acting…”
( Hampshire Chronicle)
“….utterly unforgettable”
(Chester Chronicle)

Eve of War

The Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth. September 8th 2019 at 7.30

Poetry at Harris-Ment

Peter John Cooper in full flow.
A great evening and a great audience at Chaplins in Boscombe performing with Matt Harvey, Paul Canon Harris, Rich Broadbent, Kar Stanton, Bryony Reynolds. Photo: Howard Shepherd.