Copies of 'Perfect Day' (poetry collection), published by the Albert Press, are still available at £5 plus £3 postage.

The much anticipated e-zine from the amazing Selcouth Station is now available on-line. Its theme is 'Winter' and includes my poem 'A Black Country Christmas'. 40+ pages for just £2.00.


I was brought up in Bristol, went to school in Chipping Sodbury and now live on the Somerset coast. I write poetry as well as being an established writer of modern history: about war artists, war correspondents and, most recently, the activities of MI5 in pursuing left-wing writers and artists during the period 1936-56. In a varied working life, I've been an actor, a teacher and a government adviser (not that government took any notice!) I am presently working on a book about cricket set in the immediate post-war years: it is also about the end of Empire and the connections between sport and politics. There is also a second poetry collection under way.

The Secret War Against the Arts was published in September 2020 and is available from Pen and Sword at £20.
'A damned good spy story'.


  •  13/01/2021 03:30 PM

A Parisian sonnet

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  •  18/12/2020 01:54 PM

Artists and writers under MI5 surveillance.

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  •  16/12/2020 08:33 PM

Artists and writers under MI5 surveillance 1936-1956. All are featured in 'The Secret War Against the Arts' (Pen & Sword, 2020)

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  •  24/11/2020 09:50 AM

A reflection on how poetry is made.

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  •  22/11/2020 03:13 PM

A new poem prompted by the continuing lockdown in 2020.

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  •  31/10/2020 11:31 AM

An essay about the poet and writer Sylvia Townsend Warner and the surveillance of her by MI5.

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  •  31/10/2020 10:45 AM

A poem that captures the essence of 'The Secret War Against the Arts'

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  •  01/10/2020 10:24 AM
  •  26/08/2020 06:03 PM

A poem about politics and 'the conflict between good and evil'.

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  •  09/08/2020 12:10 PM

The Bodyline Tour 1932-1933

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Copies of  'Perfect Day' are available from:

Richard Knott, The Albert Press, Helena House, 23b Albert Road, Clevedon BS21 7RT.

Payment by cheque please - £5 and £3 postage.  

If you want to pay by bank transfer, please email me for details.