The Stackhouse Jones Project is a gathering name for the creative projects that I have worked on from 2012 onwards.
I love working on a project. I’d go so far as to say I need a project in my life to keep me sane. I’m not the kind of poet who can just accumulate; wake up one morning and write about the news or what I’m feeling on that day. When I write at my best, I’m writing to a project. The Stackhouse Jones Project collects these projects together and formally publishes some of them.
What I do grows out of my Christian faith. I believe that a poem is half a conversation. I don’t aim to write the conversation of apologists and theologians. My half of the conversation keeps returning to the question ‘what does it feel like to live a life of faith?’
I made a collection of poems and essays that grew from an idea of how faith feels more like being kissed than kissing. In a time of personal heartbreak, I found a refuge and joy in tales of imaginary cricket matches. For the last 3 years, I have written songs and poems that try to articulate what faith feels like in my ordinary working life. Those songs and poems make up ‘Vanity Project‘.
Stackhouse Jones is named after an episode of The West Wing and a hand knitted jumper passed down from my grandad. I live in the city of Plymouth in the UK. I regularly participate at open mics and poetry events. I listen to more local radio than is good for me.
Simon Travers, updated September 2017.