Jude Simpson – Poet. Wordsmith. Writer. Performer.

Welcome!

I’m back – or I’m still here – I’m not sure which.

Poet. Wordsmith. Writer. Performer. Also, mother, home-maker, neighbour, wife, music-maker, dancer and currently also puppy-trainer.

Some of the things I’m doing…

I’m blessed to be Poet in Residence for my local branch of Homestart, the charity that works for families in crisis. I blog with them here. And we are due to publish a collection of thank you poems later this year.

See below for “Thank Me by Thinking Twice” – a poem written during the first lockdown, and voiced by health workers. I’ve also written an alternative version of Robbie Williams’ “Let Me Entertain You,” a lament about homeschooling and a celebration of my favourite epidemiology professor – all on the blog, and on my Youtube channel.

I’m working on various other ideas and projects as and when children and lockdowns allow… And regularly turning things out for friends, occasions or just myself and practice.

It’s good to have you here… x

Latest Blog Posts

Every Day is Parents’ Day (isn’t it?)

Apparently, Tuesday 1st June was Global Parents Day.  I missed it!!  But don’t worry, if you’re in the UK or USA, you get another Parents Day on 25th July!!   And of course there was Mothering Sunday in the Spring, and Fathers’ Day just the other weekend…  Supposedly, multiple opportunities to celebrate ourselves as parents – but could any of us seriously take the day off being a parent in order to celebrate?! Every day, I love navigating the ravaging rapids of parenthood.  I am overwhelmed, simultaneously, by exhaustion, love, frustration and gratefulness. Being driven mad by our children, whilst…

  • Every Day is Parents’ Day (isn’t it?)
    Apparently, Tuesday 1st June was Global Parents Day.  I missed it!!  But don’t worry, if you’re in the UK or USA, you get another Parents Day on 25th July!!   And of course there was Mothering Sunday in the Spring, and Fathers’ Day just the other weekend…  Supposedly, multiple opportunities to celebrate ourselves as parents…
  • Unexpected Twists – the RAISE podcast
    This is me talking with Carol Barwick from RAISE, where confidence, inspiration and creativity are the order of the day. We chat around the words UNEXPECTED and TWIST, covering Pandemic creativity, surprising inspiration for poems and cantering down blind alleyways. I also read a few poems and extracts of my work. https://anchor.fm/the-raise-podcast/embed/episodes/Episode-8-Unexpected-with-Jude-e13lpdq
  • Why Knot?
    It’s June! I was invited to my first Zoom wedding, and wrote a love poem! This is for my friends Chris and Rosie, who got married this summer. It’s about Tying the Knot! It’s about love, freedom and constraint! It’s about committing yourself wholeheartedly to the perfect, liberating contract – strapping in, holding tight, and…

We may not be clapping our keyworkers on Thursday evenings any more, but there are plenty of ways – perhaps more important ways – to keep saying thank you. I wrote this poem because it was on my heart, and found it touched a chord with doctors, nurses and other healthworkers , who helped me voice it. May 2020.

“She’s got words on a string like so many yoyos, and her lines sparkle with wit and panache”
The Scotsman

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