We would like to introduce you to John Gallas, a New Zealand poet living in Leicestershire. John visited the Longshed in January 2020 to have a look around and fell in love with what we are doing. John has since said, “As soon as I discovered the Saxon ship Project, I couldn’t wait to be involved in some way. I studied Anglo-Saxon, Medieval English Literature and Old Norse/Icelandic Sagas at University and have always been a fan of the writing and all the wonderful, evocative ‘world view’ that comes out of it. To be really and truly in touch with that spirit happening NOW and HERE with the Project was too good to miss!”.

John has since signed up as a Volunteer Crew Member to write poetry about the ship and the project, some of which will be shared via the Newsletter. John, a St Magnus Festival Orkney Poet and Fellow of the English Association has had many poetry books published, examples include Star City, 52 Euros, The Song Atlas, Fresh Air & the Story of Molecule, 40 Lies and The Little Sublime Comedy, most having being published by Carcanet. John is also a librettist, which we hope to benefit from, and a translator, tramper, cyclist and FOX (or Leicester City Football fan to you and I!)

John publishes a new poem every month on his John Gallas Website, along with an update on his published works and current projects. At present the book count is up to 22 with more in the pipeline and a string of awards won for his poetry and writing.

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