Money is standing at the bar
Money is calling your name from afar
Money gives you a wink
Money says can I buy you a drink

Money wants to be your friend
Money wants to talk and hold your hand
Money is all you desire
Money is open to the highest buyer

Money loosens his tie
Money slides a hand up your thigh
Money is always after something in exchange
Money will drive you insane

Money is a snazzy dresser
Money is fun and full of laughter
Money takes you out for a nice dinner
Money says scream if you want to go faster

Money doesn’t play fair
Money can go anywhere
Money has a shiny allure
Money says come closer

Money lets you accompany him
Money lets you think you’re gonna win
Then Money snatches it away
Like Money is just a game to be played

Money has had his fun
Then Money is gone
And you’re all alone.

But what if Money really was your friend
A smiling face with arms extended
Bringing you into the fold
Giving you your dreams to hold

Because Money is plentiful
Money is beautiful
Money is just an energetic exchange
Money is permanently available

Hear the whisper of Money’s voice on the breeze
How Money can come with ease,
How Money grows and multiplies
When treated well, not stigmatised
Not hidden away, mistrusted or feared.

When your relationship with Money is freed
You get to choose what Money can be

When Money looks in the mirror
What do you see?

more poetry for the newly single 40 something

Book Launch – More Poetry for the Newly Single 40 Something

To celebrate the launch of ‘More Poetry for the Newly Single Forty Something’ join the poets for an evening of entertainment with readings from the book and performances on the theme of being either ‘newly single’ or ‘forty something’.

A relationship break-up can be a difficult experience at any age. It isn’t always easy to see the opportunity beyond the heartache, and even less easy to find ways of putting the experience into words. This is a collection of new and exciting poetic voices on the theme of being either ‘newly single’ or ‘forty something.’ Prepare to be moved, counselled and entertained as you encounter the thoughts and feelings around these universal life events.

Inspired by Maria Stephenson, the contributing poets were initially invited to write and perform their work to support the book launch of Poetry for the Newly Single 40 Something, (Stairwell Books 2017). The poets have since performed together twice as a show on Chapel FM radio and at the Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe before bringing the collection together in a publication.

Independently published, each of the poets has taken a role in the preparation and publishing of the anthology. The collection is available to purchase on Amazon, copies will also be available to purchase on the night, don’t forget to get yours signed by your favourite poets!

The words of each poet paint a picture of part of their own unique life story. Share in the joy of words and wonders of life that these writers have explored and shared. These poems aren’t just about being newly single, or about being forty something, they are about being – essentially – human.

Once again the stage will also be opened up to the audience to join in and share their work on the theme in an open mic segment.

“If you want proof of the flourishing state of the new-writing scene in Yorkshire, you’ll find it in bundles between the covers of this anthology. These poets turn fresh eyes and fresh words on age-old themes, causing us to rethink what it means to be not-so-young, free and single.”

– Martyn Bedford,
Writer, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University

Please arrive from 7.30pm to be in your seats ready for the show to start at 8pm.

Refreshments will be available to purchase from the bar throughout the evening.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. You will also have the option to put your name down for the open mic when you book your ticket.


“Deft and witty, shining a realist’s light on love.”

– Michael Stewart
Author of Ill Will, King Crow and Cafe Assassin