Category: Poetry


A new poetry title by artist and writer John Elcock is published in January 2018 by The Artel Press.

Vallum is the third collection of poems written by the Liverpool-based artist and features thirty new works compiled over a three year period, exploring birds, landscape and symbolism.

On Garston Sands

Imagine if you will a rather forgotten stretch of the Mersey, on the north bank in winter and with the Welsh hills some way distant. It is very early morning.

In the silence of low tide you hear something that gives full justice to that wonderful, yet often overused word – uncanny. These words were an……


It is Epiphany, and there is a quiet spot off Calderstones Park in south Liverpool where the faded trees of each Christmas are assembled for recycling. The sight of local residents dragging aged fir trees through the streets is common and draws to mind images of Wenceslas and his servant, familiar from the many beautiful……

The Cormorants of Utrøst

Words that are a contemporary take on a legend far older.

For those experienced in the alter ego of the North Sea, its benign tranquility – I hope this makes some purchase.

1st Lieutenant Arthur L Brown

14th January, 1944 and a young man from Orangeburg, New York State loses control of his airplane in the skies above Nantwich.

The tragic consequence of this typically anachronistic wartime event and the ineffable magnanimity of an individual is thereafter dutifully remembered by a townspeople for posterity.