Indra’s Net

Indra's Net coverRecently published by Bennison Books, ‘Indra’s Net’  is an anthology of poetry generously donated by writers from all over the world. The book is being sold in aid of The Book Bus charity ‘which aims to improve child literacy rates in Africa, Asia and South America by providing children with books and the inspiration to read them.’

The title was suggested by one of the contributors, the late Cynthia Jobin who tells us: ‘Indra’s Net is a metaphor for universal interconnectedness. It’s as old as ancient Sanskrit and as ‘today’ as speculative scientific cosmology.’ (from the Forward by Carol Rumens)

I am honoured to be included in this anthology alongside several prize-winning poets as well as other writers of ‘small stones’.

This is a varied, accessible and enjoyable poetry anthology in aid of a very worthwhile cause and I would like to encourage you to treat yourselves (or a friend) to a copy. The book is available from Amazon and all profits from the sale of this book will go to the charity. To buy a copy of the book please go to the Amazon page HERE. 

To find out more about The Book Bus charity visit



Rise, Fall
Rise, Fall
Heels Down
On the Ball
Legs Pumping
Up and Down
Pedals Going
Round and Round
Joints and Muscles
Working Together
Do not Care
About the Weather
In Morning Air
They Start to Steam
On this Hybrid
Human Machine
Now 5 Miles Out
They Start to Sing
Sitting On This
Wonderous Thing
With Pure Intention
2 Wheeled Invention
Out From Home
Then Back Again
Thinking Only
Of the Gain
Then Trying to Walk
On Legs of Jelly
Soaked in Sweat
And Slightly Smelly
Hot Shower and Soap
With Rest to Follow
The Same Again
Or More

© Chris Leaper

The above poem is by my son Chris about his training for the Nightrider Charity Cycle Ride on May 8th. He is taking part to raise money for the UK Mental Health Charity ‘Mind’. Chris has been blogging (under a pseudonym)about the event, the charity and his preparation on his blog ‘Hats Off to the Insane’ where you will find links to his Virgin Money Giving page should you wish to sponsor him.


“Nightrider™ – a unique 100km moonlit ride past London’s iconic landmarks. Aiming to raise £2.5 million in 1 night!”

nightrider logo

My son has signed up to take part in this event, which takes place on 8th June 2013. The aim of the event is to raise money for a various charities and participants may choose which charity to support. He has chosen to support the Mental Health charity ‘Mind’.

He will be recording his preparations and training on his blog Hats Off To The Insane.  Here you will also find more information about the event, including links to the charity ‘Mind’ and to his Virgin Money Giving page should you wish to sponsor him or make a donation. You may also enjoy reading some of his poetry and other items on the blog – see also the link in the sidebar, under ‘Poetry’.

To visit the official website of the Nightrider event click here.

Christmas Gifts

“Christmas gift suggestions:

To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”

Oren Arnold

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Charity shop visit. Books bought;
light reading for a relaxing weekend
away on the boat.

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