Poet Puzzlers – David Underdown

Today’s poet for the puzzling comes to us from realms so distant only the fae people know their true names. Legend has it that if you evoke his name and demand for your baby brother to be taken away, he might just send along some puppet goblins to steal the child. It doesn’t sound like fun but I’m told there’s always music, dancing, and nobody frowns upon a tight pair of riding jodhpurs. Anyhoo read on to find out just how puzzled David Underdown can be (and don’t go THAT way, never go THAT way)…

Continue reading

Poet Puzzlers – Clint Wastling

Today’s poet, though puzzled, is not a man to be trifled with. He’s had many roles and many faces, all of them involving being handy with his fists, and most being handier with a gun. From those lonely days wandering the West surviving on the respect of the men he gunned down, to more recently, where he was found coming to the aid of his young neighbours when a gang tried to rope a poor boy into being a drug mule, though he’d much rather be sat on his porch with a beer admiring his Gran Torino. We asked him if he felt lucky. Well, do you think he did, punk? Continue reading

Poet Puzzlers – Sarah L Dixon

Our guest poet this week is none other than Puzzle Poet repeat main guest and purveyor of quietude – Sarah L. Dixon (aka the Quiet Compere), fresh from a family holiday at Kellerman’s Resort. And what a Summer it was. Who’d have thought that carrying a watermelon could lead to such lake-lifting, log-dancing adventures with the misundertood serpentine-hipped and corner-phobic Johnny Castle? Anyhoo – she’s back and ya know what? We did put her in a corner to ask her these questions… Continue reading

Poet Puzzlers – Martin Zarrop

Good morning poets, people, porcupines, and pineapples. This week’s puzzled poet is a writer who comes to us via distress call from the commercial space tug Nostromo. We think we’ve managed to filter out the questions between the gibberish about slimey creatures, chest ripping minibeast, and something about hugging faces. Read on to discover more…
– Note: Despite the easing of lockdown and social distancing measures, we at the Puzzle Poets absolutely do not endorse the hugging of faces (yet).
Continue reading

Poet Puzzlers – Emily Zobel Marshall

This week’s special guest in the hottest of poetry seats (note to self – Dragon’s Den idea… Hot poetry seats) is the very wonderful Emily Zobel Marshall. You may recall Emily as the wry-smiling, quick-quipping individual who single-handedly thwarted a criminal plot one Christmas in New York. Only there for the Holidays, Emily fortunately brought her gun and, despite minor damage to her own feet and several hundred thousand dollars of required repairs, Nakatomi Plaza was saved. It was a whole thing. Read on to find out more, and trust me when I tell you that this one is definitely ‘profound’…
Continue reading

Poet Puzzlers – Matt Nicholson

This week’s puzzled poet is a true gentleman, and we know this because we met whilst navigating the outer rim of galaxy 2471a. There in the depths of space, rapidly leaking oxygen due to an impromptu game of knifey-handy, Matt ‘the terror of Tenturion 7’ Nicholson fashioned a repair kit using only moisture from his suit and space dust. He’s also got a wonderful new book out called ‘Small Havocs’, and was due to be our next guest (after the lockdown hopefully he’ll still come and perform his balloon animal and poetry extravanganza for us). Continue reading

Poet Puzzlers – Bob Horne

Sticking with our opening salvo of Puzzle Hall Poet royalty, we have Bob Horne. Alongside John Foggin, Bob was at the helm of the Puzzle Hall Poets for six (yes count them six) years, before handing over the reigns to Laura, Charlotte and Steve. A true gentleman, and the brains, braun, and everything else behind Calder Valley Poetry, read on to find out how severely we should be troubled by his addiction to cricket. Continue reading

Poet puzzlers – john foggin

Our second victim to be tossed into the thresher we call the Poet Puzzlers is a Puzzle Hall Poets cornerstone. For 6 years, alongside Bob Horne, he has run, compered, hosted, marketed, breathed life into Puzzle Hall Poets Live (and continues to do so despite officially letting some new muppets have a go). He needs no introduction (so pretend you haven’t read that). The one and only, John ‘The Great Fogginzo’ Foggin. Continue reading