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Graham Jones is a Norfolk-based poet, writer and after dinner speaker. He has had many of his poems appear in magazines and poetry collections and has organised poetry festivals. He loves to visit poetry groups for readings, and enjoys talking about poetry in schools and other groups. Graham is also a competent and amusing after dinner speaker, drawing on his upbringing and working life.

I am glad to have had an opportunity to see your poems, and have formed an impression of them. They’re vivid, and some of them have narrative strengths: they’re warm and there are engaging moments of humour. Here and there your language intensifies into something rewarding in its own right [moonbeams sneak through; for instance]. There is plenty to like here... how fascinating!

Kevin Crossley-Holland, Author, poet and broadcaster

...your poem was much admired in my class. I read it aloud to them and they loved it. The first session was memoir writing, the middle session was fiction and the last session was poetry. So your poem - which I read them at the end of the class - brought things full circle. They loved the atmospheric presents of the 1950s and the allusions to the street and the suggestion of the kind of man your father was.

Virginia Gay, novelist and lecturer

It is a delightful piece which brings the poem and the memoir together. This is a Christmas Carol of a poem complete with Beano Annuals, sherbet dip and Stanley Matthews football boots...

Virginia Gay, novelist and lecturer

In the poem 'Christmas ... and no bike' I really liked the list of items which snakes down the page - as if the reader is delving deeper and deeper into a Christmas stocking. Really evocative, a vivid picture of a snatched moment of independence for a child.

Rosie Jennings, creative writing student

Times Gone read like a prose poem - reminded me a bit of Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie, which is one of my all-time favourite books. Again really vivid, rich imagery: "sparkling crystal chandelier that split the sunlight into rainbows" - love this line! Although the language is richly visual it isn't heavy to read - key details are picked out to paint the picture.

Rosie Jennings, creative writing student

Your reading of Shylock's speech was outstandingly good (not just in my opinion, but this feedback has come from several people)! As a special request, would you be able to do either this, or another favourite piece from Shakespeare or another chosen writer, as part of your 20 minute set?

Hilary Stanton, Co-Ordinator Poetry ar Olive's Café, Norwich