Richard Jefferies on the Diving Board



By 1935, the Art Deco board at Coate Water provided a nationally renowned platform for diving competitions. It is now listed.



It's an idyll bequeathed to an edge land,

derelict for years, but the ducks love it.

Swindon, if it remembers, Sundays out

here until the dusk makes it depressing.


Time to bed off if you're of the feathered

persuasion, though the M4 never sleeps.

Through years they've learnt to live with that,

far worse is the bearded ghost that troubles


them on full moon nights, him glancing around,

then on impulse executing a perfect

backwards dive, three point five somersaults in

the pike position. Bevis applauding.


(2nd Prize in the YorkMix/York Literature Festival Poetry Competition, 2014)


Seán Street is a writer, broadcaster, poet and academic (He is Emeritus Professor of Radio in the Media School at Bournemouth University). His most recent prose work is The Poetry of Radio - The Colour of Sound, (Routledge). A paperback edition was published in June 2013. His eighth poetry collection, Cello, was also published in 2013 (Rockingham Press), and in February 2014, Lapwing in Belfast published his 25-poem sequence, Jazz Time. He is currently writing a new prose work for Routledge, The Memory of Sound: Preserving the Sonic Past, due to appear later in 2014. Also later in the year he will be preparing a much extended and updated version of his highly succesful Historical Dictionary of British Radio (Scarecrow Press). In March, ABC Radio National in Australia broadcast his Radio Waves, part of the Poetica strand, based on his Enitharmon anthology of the same name, and The Poetry of Radio. It was a programme that explores Street's fascination with the connections between poetry and radio. In August, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast his Wehrmacht Voices, a documentary about Nazi radio archives, focusing on the vast - and so far largely unexplored - collection held in the British Library. Among scheduled readings and talks are the Writing on the Wall Festival, Liverpool (May), Formby Poetry Collective (June), the Science Museum, London (July), the Lumen Centre, London (September) and the Torbay Poetry Festival (October). Please revisit the website from time to time to learn more of these and other work, as well as more publication and event plans.

Also within the site you can explore some of Seán's other work and interests and the backlist of his publications both in prose and poetry, including works relating to the literary and the topographical as well as sound, radio and drama. For enquiries, please visit the Contacts page and follow the link. 

Seán Street's three volumes of poetry published by Rockingham Press - Radio and Other Poems, Time Between Tides and Cello - may be purchased via the Inpress website: http://www.inpressbooks.co.uk/author/s/sean-street-2568/

Jazz Time, published by Lapwing Publications, can be bought through the Lapwing website:https://sites.google.com/a/lapwingpublications.com/lapwing-store/sean-street

These books are also available at 

News From Nowhere Bookshop,

96, Bold Street,

Liverpool L1 4HY.

TEL: 0151 708 7270

You can follow Seán Street on Twitter: @seanstreet7


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