I’ve been writing poetry for the last 50 years or so. Although I studied engineering at a university of technology, we were lucky enough to have writers in residence, first Roger McGough and then Pete Morgan, who acted as mentors to a small group of us, getting us writing and performing our work.
Since then, poetry has been a passion and I’ve been lucky enough to have had support from several publishers and to have performed widely at festivals and events around the country. As well as regular readings of my work, I’ve collaborated on many multimedia shows with my wife, the poet Susan Taylor, and other writers and musicians.
The Word Cafe
The Barrel House Ballroom
The Word Cafe and The Barrel House Ballroom presents The Lockdown Podcasts. Fourteen of the UK’s top poets take the guise of seven podcasts. Hosted by Matt Harvey & Julie Mullen during the lockdown of 2021.
These seven glorious poetry podcasts were created with support using public funding by Arts Council England.
The Word Café is the brainchild of the wondrous Julie Mullen. Since 2010 Julie has hosted sensational poetry and music events at an array of locations including The Cott Inn Dartington, The Landmark Arts Centre Teddington, The Pleasance Theatre London, The Rosemary Branch Theatre Islington, The Pleasance Theatre QueenDome and Bunker One Edinburgh, The Old Sorting Office Barnes & The Tea Box Richmond.
Since 2019, the home for The Word Café has been The Barrel House Ballroom Totnes, with whom this project is a collaboration.
The Word Café in the kind words of Roger Mcgough, “These are the kind of events that really bring poetry to life.”
Series Editor – Billie Eliot
Music – ’This’ by Wax Machine