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. Presently, I write songs and poems that try to articulate what faith feels like in my ordinary working life. I intend to formally present this work in the future.
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 April 2016.