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Availability of Paintings

Posted in Blogging on March 3, 2013 by belfastdavid

Availability of Paintings

I do my paintings using Brushes App.
They are done on my iPad.
That means the original image is on a computer rather than on paper or canvas.

I print them off on a good quality printer to good quality paper (or canvas).
I then have them mounted and framed and hang them on my wall.

I have chosen, almost from the beginning, to display them on the web as photos
of the paintings. To put the computer image up would be tantamount to giving my
art away and that does not seem right somehow.

I could sell framed copies (I have sold some) but to be honest I have no
motivation to put in the effort and energy which doing that requires. I would
much rather use that effort and energy in making more paintings.

I have also had requests from people who would like particular paintings on
their own walls and I have invariably allowed them to use the computer image to
print them off.

So, pondering all that, I have decided that the way forward will be  –

1. I will continue to display on the web using photos of paintings.

2. If you would like a copy for your wall then email me and I will send you a
computer image.

3. If you do print it off and hang it on your wall then I ask two things –

A. You take a photo and email it to me.
That would be nice for me.


B. You make a donation to a charity of your choice.
I have no desire to know the amount (none of my business)
But it would be nice to know which charity.

So that is the deal


In order to display properly the paintings which are available I will be creating a separate category in this blog – ‘David’s Paintings’.
And the first thing I have to do is post the back catalogue of my paintings.
I do realise that those of you who have followed this blog for some time will have seen these paintings before, albeit some of them have been reframed, some of them rephotographed, and almost all of them will have different words.
Bear with me. I can’t think of any other way to do this. I will do it as quickly as I can.



Christmas Reading

Posted in Blogging with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2012 by belfastdavid

This year, for my enjoyment over the holiday, I shall be re-reading –

The Modesty Blaise books by Peter O’Donnell
without doubt the best totally escapist series of thrillers ever written.

Better than the Travis McGee series by John D MacDonald
although I have all those books too.

Different from the Matt Scudder series by Lawrence Block
the best private detective series ever written although a bit gritty for this time of year.

I shall also probably re-read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
just because I usually do.

And, of course the Alice books by Lewis Carroll. 🙂

So I might not be on the computer much

Happy Christmas to you all



This is how I am

Posted in Blogging with tags on August 11, 2012 by belfastdavid

I thought I should bring people up to date with what is going on for me as I haven’t been around much  –

Since stopping smoking (7 weeks now) I have been beset by a number of minor, though debillitating, health niggles.
I am well aware that starting smoking again is unlikely to help with these but the temptation is ever present!!!

I have recently been informed that planning permission has now been granted for another bloody great block of flats!
This block will be right behind my flat. Work will start at the beginning of September on the foundations – they will be working six metres from my back wall!! When they have finished the block will extend to 3 storeys above the height of my flat.
The prospect of the disruption, the noise, the dust and the eventual removal of light is too much to bear thinking about.
So the focus for me over the next few months will be to find somewhere new to live!!

All this means I am unlikely to have either the physical energy or the emotional energy to spend much time either on here or on FaceBook.
I will not have forgotten you all  🙂
If you do want to contact me please email me  –  I will be checking my inbox on a regular basis.

In the meantime life goes on  –
The cafe has sold a print of one of my paintings (I should have asked which one)
One of my poems will be appearing in an anthology of Yorkshire poetry due out early next year.
I hope to get back to painting again soon.
Occasionally a poem gets written –


I showed him
how to press the pod
to release the peas.

He will know
how to do that
for the rest of his life

and it was me
who taught him.

Cock Pit Farm Tea Rooms

Posted in Blogging with tags , , on May 17, 2012 by belfastdavid

Some of my paintings are now on display, and for sale, at the Cock Pit Farm Tea Rooms in Weston on the back road between Otley and Ilkley.

I am chuffed to bits.

Hopefully there will be prints available for sale there in the near future.

The Tea Rooms are open Wednesday to Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm
They serve wonderful coffee and home made cakes to die for.

Call in, have a look, have a coffee.
Tell Sue that David sent you

Just to let you know

Posted in Blogging on April 8, 2012 by belfastdavid

I thought it only right to let you all know that, at least for the next few months, I will be much less present on here (and on FB for that matter) than I have been previously.

I want to give precedence to things in my real life (not that I am suggesting any of you are less than real, you understand 🙂 )

In particular two things are grabbing my attention –

I want to develop my painting. At the moment I am on a steep learning curve and the only way I will improve is by working at it. (As my friend Dave Rindahl say I need to practise, practise and then practise some more J )
It is not only that each painting takes me a long time but that if I want to paint landscapes, which I do, then I have to get out and about amongst the landscapes to discover what it is I want to paint. (Spring is such a good time to do that)

I am also spending time sorting out events for the launch of my new book – ‘There are no such things as seagulls’ to be published by Valley Press in June of this year. I will put up a post with details as and when they are finalised.

I will continue to post from time to time, but they are much more likely to be paintings rather than poems.

I will continue to comment from time to time on your posts, but it is likely to be on a random basis rather than a regular basis.
So please don’t think I have fallen out with you or that I don’t like your work – it is just that I won’t have had the time to read.

If you, very specifically, want me to read something or to get in touch then please send me an email.

My very best wishes to you all


Leeds Writers’ Circle Anthology

Posted in Blogging on October 3, 2011 by belfastdavid

Hopefully I will be at Ilkley tonight for the launch of the Leeds Writers’ Circle anthology.
9:00pm at Ilkley Playhouse.
(I understand that 2 of my poems from the anthology will be read at the launch).
So come along, say hello, enjoy the event, buy a copy!!
Or get a copy from the publisher  –

David Tait – An Interview (In conjunction with LIPPfest)

Posted in Blogging with tags on August 21, 2011 by belfastdavid

David Tait was born in 1985 and grew up in Lancaster.
His poems have appeared in The Guardian, Magma, The North, The Rialto and Stand.
His poem  ‘North York Moor’ was short-listed for the 2009 Bridport Prize.
His pamphlet Love’s Loose Ends was a winner of the Poetry Business competition, 2010/2011.
He is currently ‘House Poet’ at Manchester Royal Exchange for the Carol Ann Duffy & Friends Poetry Series.
He is a founder of the Leeds Independent Presses Poetry Festival (LIPPfest)

I have known David since the beginning of his journey through poetry and thought LIPPfest would give me the opportunity to ask him some questions I have not asked him before.

Enjoy, he has some interesting things to say


1.  Why Poetry? In other words, what is it about poetry that makes you want to read and write it?


I think it comes down to Poetry being the best artistic form for me to express whatever feelings have caused tension and have made me want to express them. I can’t paint, my drawings are heinous and I don’t really have much time for ceramics (I hate the feeling of clay) or Sculpture (My housemate assembles all flatpack furniture I ever buy). Any one who knows me will probably know that my personality is very much formed by the way I hear things gelling together. I love wordplay, I love stories, I love the way in which people tell stories and I’m terrible at food shopping, always coming back with ingredients that rhyme or are alliterative (‘kit kats and bourbon biscuits for tea!’). In all seriousness though, I think it comes down to a way of hearing words, ordering them, playing with rhythm, tapping into a voice which is almost a conduit of your own voice, and then writing it down, and then clipping it back. Poetry needs to be shared and talked about – reading is very different to writing and I think I actually prefer reading for the most part. I spend too much money on new books and not enough money on notepads. To write well you must read well. If you don’t read well your poetry will be extraordinarily dull, and lots of contemporary poetry (even published by good publishing houses) is exceptionally dull.       



2. It seems to me that all your best poems, as well as being good poems, also tell me a story. How important is story to you when you are writing a poem?


I think narrative is the best way for exploring an idea. So, if something has caused a tension in you, you want to try to explain that feeling and the most concrete way to do this is through a story. Philosophers have been doing this for centuries (i.e. allegory of the cave) and it’s the very foundation of all literature. What is Moby Dick other than an exploration of the lengths people will go to for revenge? I think the problem is that some ideas are more popular others and some modes of telling these stories are more popular than others and that can upset a lot of people who feel disenfranchised by an “establishment” that perpetuates its own, often middle of the road ideas.


On the other hand, I’m aware that stories will only get you so far. Some of the poems I’ve written are actually an exercise in style and wordplay rather than the subject matter itself. One such poem was purely written to try and rhyme the words “vermillion” and “reptilian” together and the story came out of that. I guess I think narrative is something that people relate to and thus I think they are more likely to read. However, it also highlights the failure of poetry in that it is making vast concessions towards narrative, autobiography and the novel. Many collections now are collections of poems exploring a theme with a theme pulling everything together like the egg in a cake. In some ways it is a shame that we are so reliant on narrative.  



3. When asked about the content of her poems Sharon Olds responded “I never said that they were auto-biographical”. You often make use of yourself in your poems. Is this something which matters to you?


Haha, I like that quote by Sharon Olds, but I do think that all poems have to have some emotional truth within them to work, even if that truth is not “what happened”. So when Sharon Olds is writing a poem I think a lot of it is in some way emotionally autobiographical (in that, she has had those thoughts and feelings) and that is what makes them work. She’s an extremely introspective writer and really mines out with acid what is causing her tension. So, running through an airport to reach her dying father may not be true, but who hasn’t had moments of wondering how that might feel?


I guess I use myself as a subject matter sometimes in order to play around with those versions of the truth. The worst poems in my opinion are poems that have no emotional truth or heart to them. Poems that have been written for an audience or to indicate that the writer “really cares” about an issue that they would like to be seen to care about. There was one recently that made the Saturday poem of the day by the poet Leonita Flynn. Here is a link to it:


Now, what I particularly hate about this poem is its tone, its casual way of saying “i was poor once for a while and want to show that i care about these poor people who have a wank for a release from their sad little lives.” It has a catchy title, it has a winning image (the hula hoop over the rooftops) and it has a clear beginning middle and end. But one thing is for sure, I don’t believe a word of it – it’s a heartless poem that needs no-one.




4. Why LIPPfest? In other words, what drove you to take on this enormous commitment?


I think the best way to do this is to highlight some books by independent publishers that I think are incredible. These publishers need to exist because of the sheer quality of what they contribute culturally to poetry and in order for them to exist new ways need to be found to sell new books and find new readerships. LIPPFest is an exercise in this – we’re bringing 25 of the best independently published poets to Leeds for a day of poetry and we hope by doing so to encourage people to buy books, broaden their literary horizons and to support the amazing work that organisations like Lancaster Litfest and Inpress do to promote independent presses. Here are just a few of the publishers I like and some books i’d recommend reading!


Arc Publishing: Thomas Lux – The Street of Clocks, Patrick Lane – Syllable of Stone, Valerie Rouzeau – Cold Spring in Winter, Marceljius Martinaitis – The Ballads of Kukutis

Carcanet: Kei Miller – There is an Anger that moves, Carola Luther – Walking the Animals, Toon Tellegen – Raptors, John Whale – Waterloo Teeth, Marilyn Hacker – Essays on Departure, Fiona Sampson – Common Prayer

Egg Box Publishing – Vahni Capildeo – Undraining Sea, Agnes Lehoczky – Budapest to Babel.

Red Squirrel Press: Andrew Mcmillan – The Moon is a Supporting Player, Claire Askew – The Mermaid and the Sailors

Smith/Doorstop: Ed Reiss – Your Sort, Allison McVety – The Night Trotsky Came to Stay, Nina Boyd – Dear Mr Asquith, Catherine Smith – Lip, Paul Bentley – Largo

Waterloo Press: Sarah Hymas – Host, Ian Parks – An Exiles House (forthcoming)



To see some of these poets perform, and to keep in touch with developments at LIPPFest – take a look at