It is always a pleasure to stay at the Budock Vean Hotel. Helpful staff, wonderful food, and to top it all off it is a beautifully inspiring setting. Taking some time to relax is extremely important but the brain never switches off! It clunked about in its usual whirly way until it put thoughts into words. Below is a poem I have written that takes inspiration from the tranquil place and the reasons for us staying there. It would be a fantastic experience to be a writer in residence at this location, imagine a whole weekend or week spent by the river or in the grounds just soaking it all up and scribbling away...
I have gone under many names, been published as Gallimaufry the Ineffable, won contests as Al Zord, but recently, yesterday actually, I started to move away from my most successful one, Blaidh Nemorlith. It's scary being just you, especially creatively. Blaidh will always exist (he has to, I have a new self-published book out with his name on it!) but it is time to move the whole bag of moods and interests into the stage lighting and smile with just one mouth.
Well, for now at least.
Thom Boulton is a contemporary free verse poet who lives and performs in the South West, UK. He is Plymouth's current Poet Laureate.