Reality Street is stirring back into life. Reality Street would support a parliamentary bill to abolish January and February, but it's nearly over. We've had the flu, and before that, the less said about the norovirus the better. Believe me. 

Philip Terry's weird and wonderful post-1066 novel tapestry, using the Bayeux images to weave stories in an alternative Middle English about alternative histories of the Norman Conquest, is almost ready to go to press.

My own Down With Beauty follows shortly. Sixteen short dialogues, monologues and fictions about war, aftermaths, nothingness and namelessness which I hope will amuse you. Nostalgia for Unknown Cities, previously published as a separate book (2007), now forms an appendix to this.

These two books are the first half of Reality Street's 2013 programme, which will be completed later in the year with poetry collections by Andrea Brady and Peter Hughes. If you would like to get your name as a Supporter on these first two, you just may have time.

For a long time I've been meaning to write here about poetry in London in the 1970s and 80s - inspired first by Robert Sheppard's personal memoir, and more recently by Geraldine Monk's anthology of writings about "other" poetry scenes. I'll make it a resolution to do so.