Monday, 31 December 2018

Ray Sawyer - d. December 31st 2018

Johnny Depp rang
to compare patches.
Bez called up
to talk maracas,
but the operator said
40 cents more
for the next

Read more about Ray Sawyer here

Saturday, 29 December 2018

June Whitfield - d. December 28th 2018

I know a comic heaven,
set in the broad suburbs,
part fabulous, part glum,
your name always
somewhere near the top
of the celestial credits.

read about June Whitfield here

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Sister Wendy Beckett - d. December 26th 2018

On the silent canvas,
the indelible strokes
of a life painted
as a perfect tryptich:
Art. Love. Faith.

read about Sister Wendy here

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Jean Barker, Baroness Trumpington - d. November 26th 2018

Some girls broke codes, fought,
swore, revelled in the Blitz,
drank deeply, bought
cigars, took buses to the Ritz.
Whatever. A decent sort.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Bernardo Bertolucci - d. November 26th 2018

We go where 
your camera goes;
forbidden cities,
to look for angles,
paint with light,
explore the dark,
tell the untellable
film the unfilmable.

Nicolas Roeg - d. November 23rd 2018

I look for significance
in disjointed frames:
worlds without water, 
sex, death & terror.
You start to make sense
in the narrative of your name.

Monday, 19 November 2018

John Bluthal - d. November 15th 2018

Bluthal (noun)
1) a bumbler, bluff
in nature and yet kind,
fumbler to a fault.
2) an amiable dolt,
the sort you find,
though not often enough.

Read about John Bluthal here

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Richard Baker - d. November 17th 2018

The news cannot read itself,
nor assume its own gravity:
The science of speaking
is the newsreader's alchemy:
turning base fact into actuality.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Stan Lee - d. November 12th 2018

Indomitable, even in death:
The Amazing Writerman;
Daredevil of the Imagination;
The Incredible Captain Possible;
The Fantastic One.

Read about Stan Lee here

Douglas Rain - d. November 11th 2018

I still hear your voice, singing
along plasti-metal corridors,
in the lonely orbit of Jupiter,
your rebel circuits dead
yet full of stars.

Read about Douglas Rain here

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Ray Galton - d. October 5th 2018

I knocked on doors
on streets 
that never were
- Railway Cuttings, 
Oil Drum Lane -
gone away they said
but you’ll laugh like a drain
at what he left behind.

read about Ray Galton here

Montserrat Caballé - d. October 6th 2018

Some days pass through
leave us senza coloratura, 
and yet: 
the rustle of a dress, 
a voice like rioja, 
a fading cadenza
to the finest aria.

read about Montserrat Caballé here

Monday, 1 October 2018

Charles Aznavour - d. October 1st 2018

Ce qui fait un homme
n’est pas ce qu’il fait
pas ce qu’il dit
mais comment 
il chante les chansons
il a appris hier,
quand il était jeune.

Geoffrey Hayes - d. October 1st 2018

We leave behind
our televisions, lift 
our eyes skyward
pointing as you rise
on soft updrafts,
up above the streets 
and houses, 
climbing high.

Read about Geoffrey Hayes here

Friday, 28 September 2018

Ernest Maxin - d. September 27th 2018

In heaven we rise early,
soft-shoe steps to finesse, 
showstoppers to perfect, 
but first: cue the music!
we have breakfast to prepare.

Read about Ernest Maxin here

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Chas Hodges - d. September 22nd 2018

This is the last round, fellas;
one more on the joanna 
then home. Still, I’ve got
some beer in the sideboard,
and a bit of brown bread.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Denis Norden - d. September 19th 2018

The news today
wasn't all glum;
script rewritten
forever, ideas
taken from there
to here, and no
director to say
Cut! Can we do
that life again?

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Fenella Fielding - d. September 11th 2018

I think we flirted in a dream
though what remained when I awoke
was velvet soused in bitter smoke,
a voice that whispered life's a scream
and death the corniest of jokes.

Read about Fenella Fielding here

Friday, 7 September 2018

Liz Fraser - d. September 6th 2018

Beyond froth and fizz,
feigned innocence 
and foxy innuendo, 
was the flash of eye,
the fresh smirk that said
I know
what I'm doing. 

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Burt Reynolds - d. September 6th 2018

Today, your last wisecrack
doesn’t feel like a joke,
the blondes have all left you,
the Trans-Am is broke,
and in a flash of white lightning
you went up in smoke.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Jacqueline Pearce - d. September 3rd 2018

At the end of the galaxy
is evil, designer-draped, 
stilted in unwise heels, 
eyes dark with power,
Shiva in a ballgown,

Read about Jacqueline Pearce here

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Neil Simon - d. August 26th 2018

Your characters: simple
yet cock-eyed.
Your humour: truth,
but magnified,
the sweet and bitter
side by side.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Lindsay Kemp - d. August 24th 2018

Beyond dance,
beyond mime
beyond prose
is the essence
of performance;
how you moved, 
how you moved us.

Read about Lindsay Kemp here

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Aretha Franklin - d. August 16th 2018

This is the gospel:
that a choir will gather
to wring the last drops
of song from their souls,
to give you your propers
when you get home.

Read about Aretha Franklin here

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Bernard Hepton - d. July 27th 2018

The secret is out;
The Stalag is deserted,
the cafe is shuttered,
the last act 
has left the Circus.

Read about Bernard Hepton here

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Barry Chuckle - d. August 5th 2018

To you, pratfalls are sense unspooled.
To me, slapstick is the purest art.
To you, fol-de-rol is for child or fool.
To me, I am the idiot at its heart.

Read about Barry Chuckle here

Monday, 9 July 2018

Tab Hunter - d. July 8th 2018

To the girls 
you left behind 
you were everything;
swoon-bait, boy soldier,
young love whose smile
broke hearts
ninety-nine ways.

read about Tab Hunter here

Friday, 29 June 2018

Harlan Ellison - d. June 27th 2018

On the edge of forever
is a city of gold and glass,
though it is founded 
on pulped fictions 
and the girders 
of your imagination.

Read about Harlan Ellison here

Friday, 15 June 2018

Leslie Grantham - d. June 15th 2018

Sometimes the script
leaves the door ajar
for unlikely resurrections.
A weighted soul 
sinks into a canal,
and everything 
is murk and ripples.

Read more about Leslie Grantham

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Eunice Gayson - d. June 8th 2018

Do you remember 
the first time? The thrill
of someone’s surrender
to the kiss, or the kill?
It bonds me to forever;
indelible, uneditable, still.

read about Eunice Gayson here

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Peter Stringfellow - d. June 7th 2018

Your perdition;
to become Tiresias
in basque and mullet,
work the eternal club
where gentlemen
are not gentlemen
and all members 
are upstanding.

Read about Peter Stringfellow here

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Alan Bean - d. May 26th 2018

Your canvasses,
- footsteps in dust,
blue globe on
a gold-leaf visor -
stretch 240,000 miles,
hang in the galleries
of our future.

read more about Alan Bean here

Monday, 23 April 2018

Verne Troyer - d. April 21st 2018

Hollywood is no Lilliput,
no imaginarium;
it is the reality
that shelters the unreal,
where stature
is not measured
in feet and inches.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Dale Winton - d. April 18th 2018

Teeth, tan, eyes, camera, 
hypersmooth, always
in control. 
When the klaxon sounds
there will be prizes
for anyone with showbiz 
in their soul.

Monday, 16 April 2018

R. Lee Ermey - d. April 15th 2018

Angels? I seen
maggots holier
than thou.
What you grinnin' 
so beatifically at?
I’ll ram that halo
so far down your neck
you'll be shittin'

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Miloš Forman - d. April 13th 2018

It’s the talk 
of the day room;
you and McMurphy
- not gone upstairs
but together in escape.
It’s easier than 
you think, Chief.

Read about Miloš Forman here

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Eric Bristow - d. April 5th 2018

A nickel-tungsten 
smudges the lipstick 
of double 16. 
Your swagger 
is a dart to the heart;
we go round the board
with you, one last time.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Steven Bochco - d. April 1st 2018

7am. Roll call. Anyone
seen Bochco? No one’s
seen Bochco. Downtown,
asleep in a dumpster
or hustling undercover,
too Street to be sweet,
always careful out there.

Read about Steven Bochco here

Friday, 30 March 2018

Bill Maynard - d. March 30th 2018

Oh no. Flags fly low
across thorpes and thwaites, 
rough-handed men
sink pints of cooking,
slur Magic our Maurice,
bumble to the lonely grave.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Katie Boyle - d. March 20th 2018

Europe awaits you,
its forêts and Straßen
trembling in tulle, organza. 
Et maintenant 
les votes du jury Élysian.
Can you hear me Élysia?

read about Katie Boyle here

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Jim Bowen - d. March 14th 2018

The reputation you made
in the clubs, that's safe;
will you consider gambling it
on TV? You have the time
it takes for the world to revolve…

Read about Jim Bowen here

Stephen Hawking - d. March 14th 2018

All bodies eventually collapse
into themselves, and yet
the radiation from your mind
will be a constant, detectable
at the end of all things.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Ken Dodd - d. March 11th 2018

What a beautiful day missus,
for going backstage
at the Hippodrome, 
dark as a jam butty mine, 
to listen for the ghost 
that outjoked them all.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Trevor Baylis - d. March 5th 2018

Let them say 
there is no power here.
Let them say
no-one will send the words.
You said
I will bring you power;
the words will come to you.

Read about Trevor Baylis here

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Roger Bannister - d. March 3rd 2018

Tick. Tick. Final sprint.
Chataway and Brasher
dropped already. Tape, dip.
Personal best. First, forever,
in this or any other race.

read about Roger Bannister here

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Lewis Gilbert - d. February 23rd 2018

Your heroes became ours;
the real, and the abstract,
and all your flashbacks
are just projections of us.

read about Lewis Gilbert here

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Billy Graham - d. February 21st 2018

Today you will stand
before your creator
just as you are
in your imperfect nature,
saying I have saved
though I'm no saviour.

Read about Billy Graham here

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Vic Damone - d. February 11th 2018

Oh, the towering feeling
of seeing angels queue
below your marquee
outside Club Heaven,
its humming walls 
waiting for you 
to drape them with velvet.