Four More In Morphrog

Morphrog 13the online extra of the Jeremy page’s Frogmore Press, has published four more of my poems. They are:

This Mermaid 

Dear Spider

Answering the Ghost


I’ve read them them on ‘Spot the Dog’ Wednesdays in Wadebridge, but now you can see them as well. The link above is to the Morphrog title page, where you have to link through to all contributions and select Diana Reed. If you’d rather go straight to my work, it’s here.

If you like these pieces and haven’t seen my other published work, check out PS* Poems, posted below.

PS* Poems (*published somewhere)

I’m still not a proper blogger – but using this space is a way to make some of my work available to anyone who might be interested in it. Specifically, right now, a chapbook of poems which have all been ‘published somewhere’ in the last two or three years, but beyond that have no further currency.

PS* Poems

PS* Poems (‘Published Somewhere’)


The picture above shows what it looks like if you are take the third of the three options below:

1. You can read PS (published somewhere) poems here, and download it as a straightforward PDF, but this is not designed for printing out.

2. I’ve created an epub file which should be available here   (i.e. on Googledrive) You can then download the file, which is named PS (Published Somewhere) Poems.epub,  onto a computer or other device with an e-reader e.g. ibooks.

If this for any reason proves problematic but you’d like a copy anyway, please email me on my main address, which you may have already, or on smithspaceinfo{at} , replacing the [at} with @

3. 'Print your own'. It takes 5 A4 sheets, and looks prettiest if the top one is a different colour.

Don't worry that when you open the files they start with blank pages - these are the inside front and back pages of the chapbook.

Print the following file SETTING YOUR PRINTER ON TWO PAGES PER SHEET, with the coloured sheet first. This will be the back of the cover. The last sheet printed will be the centre spread, pages 8 and 9      PSpoemsDIYpamphlet1

Take the printed pile and now print the following file on the back, AGAIN SETTING THE PRINTER TO TWO PAGES PER SHEET, with the colour sheet first. This will be the front cover, and the last sheet printed will be pages 7 and 10  PSpoemsDIYpamphletA

If your printer works like mine, you have a stack of 5 sheets that are in the right order simply to fold in half and staple, sew, or hole-punch and thread with ribbon.

You'll notice I've done my best to disable the comments facility  here, which was attracting spam, but civilised  comment or requests for files can be sent, as said, to my normal email address or to smithspaceinfo[at], replacing [at] with @.



The Blog Stops Here

Well, to be honest, blogging stopped last spring. Lots has happened. and you can read about some of what we’ve been doing over the last year in Kevin’s blog, Broad Thoughts from Home, at

Sadly, I’ve discovered I’m not really a blogger. My political ‘My Councillor’ website was a pleasure to write because I had something to report back to the residents I represented. But I’m squeamish when it comes to writing directly about my own life, and feel my political opinions would be more likely to be read elsewhere.

I have been writing – and my poem ‘Eleanor’ was in the Exeter-based ‘Broadsheet’ recently, and some of my work is in Morphrog 8 at

Although this website it not currently active, I’m keeping it here in the hope of coming back to it with positive news and links to my work.

Wind Power – UKIP is consistently objectionable

I have another issue on which to disagree with UKIP’s Nigel Farage. Wind turbines. He doesn’t like them and doesn’t want them on land in the UK.

But they’re objects of both beauty and utility. When I look out of my bedroom window in the morning, the turbines of the Delabole WInd Farm on the horizon stand white giving perspective and interest to the ridge. If they’re cloaked by rain, we miss them.

When I get a good enough photograph of my own to show their beauty, I’ll put it in. Meanwhile, look at the Good Energy website here.

I’ll concede that there can make some noise, just as roads and aeroplanes do. It might not be fair to build them too close to existing houses. But to ban them because some people don’t like the look of them is absurd. De gustibus non disputandum. I personally think a group of wind turbines along, for example, the Hog’s Back in Surrey would enhance the view.

UKIPs big idea is to somehow undo the political changes made since we voted two to one in the 1975 referendum that decided we would enter a community whose goals were clearly states as being to allow free movement of resources, including labour, within the member states. This had enormous economic, social, and political implications, but people then were idealistic enough to vote two to one for in favour of joining.

For the record, in 1975 I voted against.  But we – the electorate as a whole – made the decision.

Nearly forty years on, there’s no way to unscramble that omelette. It would be disastrous for the United Kingdom to try. We are poorer in relation to other countries now than we were in 1975 because the world does not owe us a living. We need free trade, and cutting ourselves off from Europe now would be a disaster for the ordinary people of this country.