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Jude Simpson – Poet. Wordsmith. Writer. Performer.
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” – 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
I was invited onto BBC Radio Cambridgeshire last Friday for Comic Relief day 2021, and shared some short, silly poems with host Amir Suleman. It was great fun, and I enjoyed myself, and hopefully brought some smiles to Amir and his listeners. Have a listen! You can also follow the link below to see a little video mash-up Radio Cambridgeshire made of me talking about being creative in lockdown, and singing my mad-homeschooling-mother song in my flamingo dressing gown… https://www.facebook.com/bbcradiocambridgeshire/videos/431192154610255/
- Comic Relief – BBC Radio CambridgeshireI was invited onto BBC Radio Cambridgeshire last Friday for Comic Relief day 2021, and shared some short, silly poems with host Amir Suleman. It was great fun, and I enjoyed myself, and hopefully brought some smiles to Amir and his listeners. Have a listen! You can also follow the link below to see a…
- HOPE – a poem for World Poetry Day, and a reflection on the last year.Homestart asked me to write a poem for them for World Poetry Day, 21st March. With this week also being the anniversary of the first lockdown, the poem became a reflection on the nature of Hope. Many of us have lived by hope, grasped hope, or felt we lost hope over the last 12 months.…
- JVT – another new song, another unlikely hero.I have a history of writing songs and poems for unlikely heroes – and here’s the latest. The straight-talking, fact-based, appealingly unpretentious Professor Jonathan Van Tam. I had such fun working with some musician friends, sound engineer and a professional video editor friend for this project – so grateful for so much fun and goodwill.…
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”
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