John Sewell

From Yorkshire, but educated in Scotland. A conservation architect in Derbyshire for most of my working life (think James Herriot, but with buildings).

Writer awards and bursaries include Fellowships at Hawthornden and the Wurlitzer Foundation, New Mexico. Prizewinner in competitions including a finalist in the Arvon International Poetry Competition. Readings at various festivals and venues including the South Bank Centre.

Work included in Poetry Book Society Anthologies, Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language, and Oxford Poetry Books for Juniors.

Two collections: The Imbolc Bride (Littlewood Arc) and Bursting The Clouds (Cape), plus three self-produced pamphlets. Also - with Colin Sutherill and two others - The Blue Bang Theory - New Nature Writing (Redbeck).


for LLR

You’re moving away from me.

Day after day we’re further apart.

Such sly, inexorable increments.

I never realised. You never realised.

Look east now from your Minnesota garden.

I’m on Black Knoll, Long Mynd, face on

to a keen westerly. Wave to me Linda.

Wave to me, please. Before it’s too late.