I was up in London again at the weekend for another poet-in-residence slot on Radio 4's Saturday Live. This time, the studio guest was shoe entrepreneur Harvey Jacobson so my end-of-show poem was shoe-themed! For my top-of-the-show poem in response to one of the week's news stories, I came up with a piece that blended the Kelly Report on MPs' expenses and Bonfire Night. If you missed the programme and are interested in hearing it, you can listen again here.
Later in the day, I met up with my namesake, the very talented jazz vocalist and trumpeter Sue Richardson, to chat about our ongoing collaboration. Neither of us has had much time to devote to the project of late, but Sue is planning to record her new CD next spring and also has a tour lined up, during which she'll preview all the new material - so songs now need to be written!
I really enjoy writing lyrics and will, I hope, be drawing inspiration from some of my favourite lyricists (Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Dave Frishberg...) as Sue and I move forward with our collaboration in the months ahead.