My thumb follows the veins on the back of his hand, loose skin precedes, a wave with no shore any more – It takes a long time to figure out one’s allergies, he says, quicker to understand taste but a while to understand hangovers. His smile draws the teeth of a head lice comb across his eyes and the timbre of his voice carries an assured melancholy as he continues – It takes a long time to figure out what to do with your time, and a while too to understand how little time you have. He pauses and takes my hand in his as minutes shrink to seconds – But you must be quick to realise that you still have time; you must grasp that you still have time; you still have time to live before all your time is spent. His arm quivers as he lets go and turns to the view, eyes smooth once more. I rub my thumb over the back of my hand, still waiting to finally break upon a shore.

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©James Bruce May, 2016


OceanTo stand and stare was all I could do, arrested by such emptiness after months in the city; in my hand I felt the shells we held as children, their rims bone-smooth, across their backs a bite of barnacles. The wind brought waves up from the shore just as those shells once whispered lonesome stories and above went a gull without even waving a wing. I watched until it became a white speck against the glimmering empty sea and wondered which, solitude or searching, provided its impetus.

©James Bruce May, 2015

A Marathon Reading

On 31st May I’m running the Edinburgh Marathon for the Multiple Sclerosis Society!


This Saturday, 16th May, at the Rubgy Tavern, Holborn, WC1N 3ES – I will be reading a 26-minute prose-poem in the hope of gaining sponsorship for the big race. My friends Alistair Roberts and Ian Plested will also be reading, Alistair from his work focused on Cambodia, and I believe Ian will share something by Blake. There will also be limited edition marathon cookies available.

Doors open at 2pm, the readings will take place from 3pm. Food and drink is available from the pub. Hope to see you there!

You can sponsor me and support the MS Society via JustGiving here – https://www.justgiving.com/JamesBruceMay2/

Thanks – James Bruce May



Start sketching, passing pencil over paper. Move your mind in arcs with unexpected turns of your wrist. Ask your heart to take your hand. Coax, gentle with whispers. Show – a cot rocks by an open window – breathe – the grey down of the pillow as you dream. Colour your sketch, your dream. Use nature: today’s winter-washed azure sky. Hum a little tune and turn another page. Liberate that page. Cradle your journal, mouth open to words, eyes open to enchantment.

©James Bruce May, 2015

St Clement’s Cookies

Today my writing brain was too restless to do anything but stare at my screenplay, flicking through the pages over and over.

So once I had done this for a good ten minutes, I decided to take a break and bake! Baking is quick, easy and fun and relaxes the mind. Stick on some Bowie, find a good recipe and get to it.

I already had a recipe in mind that I’ve wanted to test out since being the taster tester :P, I am very lucky to know the lovely and talented Immy May- http://immymay.com/about/ Check out her blog! (A little birdie told me she’s updating it at the moment and there will soon be an About video.) So make sure you go back again, to check that out.

Imogen, like a lot of other bloggers out there have been taking part in the #TheGreatBloggerBakeOff where you bake and blog every week in ode of The Great British Bake off, of course. A few weeks ago, Immy baked these lovely “Gluten Free Lemon & Lime Biscuits” and I was lucky enough to be there to taste them! They tasted amazing!!

Here’s her recipe: http://immymay.com/2014/08/14/gluten-free-lemon-lime-biscuits/

I changed it a bit as there wasn’t a lime in sight, apart from a lime tree outside the window.  https://sharedsnippets.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/thoughts-and-leaves-falling/ by James Bruce May =) http://jamesbrucemay.blogspot.co.uk/ (Lots more stories, poems and writing pieces on here.)

So the cookies I made today are “Orange and Lemons” with wheat flour. Apart from that, it’s exactly the same as Immy’s so follow her blog if you want to re-create them- I think Gluten free may be better as her’s were slightly more light&fluffy! Wheat seems to create a more dough-ee texture. But they were still yummy.  Here are some pictures just for fun!!!  Thanks Immy! Check out her latest creation http://immymay.com/2014/09/03/gluten-free-cherry-pie/ Mm Cherry pie!

IMAG0012WP_20140905_014IMAG0014  WP_20140905_027 Anyway better get back to the screenplay, not going to write itself and now I have Tea&biscuits, what’s my excuse? www.popcornscripts.blogspot.co.uk Hannah.

Post ©Hannah Glennie, 2014


Thoughts and Leaves Falling

A writer’s kitchen, the kettle bottomless, the Buena Vista Social Club, cha cha cha, the keyboard, tap tap tap.

A writing kitchen, with windows open to the world beyond; bees pass petals, buddleia butterflies loll long tongues, spiders spin between twigs, the lime tree lays down leaves with the graceful turn of a dancer’s wrist.

And with those leaves fall these thoughts, faced with all that beauty beyond; this green life, this bright life, this teeming life, this fleeting life: faced with all the beauty of life, they fall.


©James Bruce May, 2014