The Machinery of Life

Exciting news from Bean World, via Hedgehog Land….

The Machinery of Life is at the printers and with a fair wind it should be ready in time for pre-sales and official release on 5th July…

I am super excited about this – 23 poems of love. Here is what has been said about it already:

Darren J Beaney is proof that there’s always something new to say about love, in the right hands. In these refreshingly original poems, various and many aspects of love are touched upon, and whatever the subject – whether it’s glamorous mythology or gluttonous middle-age spread – Beaney succeeds in not just finding the beauty within but in managing to clearly express an undeniable truth: that while love remains the most brittle thing, it’s when our bodies start to break down that love, very often, proves itself to be stronger than ever before.  
Thomas McColl

In ‘The Machinery of Life’ Darren J Beaney returns to the territory of his pamphlet, ‘Honey dew’: drawing on myth, literature, and his own experience he explores the subject that has occupied poets through time: the nature of love. This is, however, is love as lived in the twenty-first century captured in poetry that is inventive, witty, and frequently surprising but never slushy or sentimental. This is true love as experienced by a man with middle age spread who cannot believe his luck and whose poems gives hope for us all.

Nigel Kent

Darren J Beaney writes vibrant love poems that are beautifully sincere. They tackle an old theme with a modern, questing eye, capturing the shifting weather of the heart through exciting imagery, playful verbs and luminous small details.

John McCullough

I  love that these words are about The Self – But not self-indulgent. There’s no ego here, just words – Take ‘em or leave ‘em.

There’s so much hate in this world any bit of loving’s gotta be alright.

Steve Ignorant

Stayed tuned folks…

MoL – cover…

Flight of the Dragonfly

We are back for another adventure in Zoom land!

29 June will see the usual 14 readers plus a super guest poet – Christina Thatcher and the launch of my new pamphlet The Machinery of Life.

More details here, free tickets to attend below. To grab a reader slot email – be warned slots go quick and we run a waitlist.

The Machinery of Life

Very excited to let everyone know that my second poetry pamphlet will be published by the wonderful Hedgehog Poetry Press on 5 July 2021.

The Machinery of Life tries to answer the age-old question – what is love? 

A question that has fascinated scientists, philosophers, historians, playwrights, novelists, songwriters and poets for centuries. Well, this pamphlet of 23 poems of love may or may not answer the question, but it does offer some ‘romantic’ food for thought. The poems show love in many forms – as chaos and addiction, serious and fun. The poems try to convey the message that love can be the real thing, can be be peaceful, comforting and at times exhilarating. 

On more than one occasion there are a few fleeting appearances from Eros and some of the other stars of Greek mythology. There is some philosophy, a smattering of humour, some self-deprecation (I had to be careful how I wrote that) and a bit of under the sheets risqué. Along the way it becomes clear that love is a splendid thing! 

The Machinery of Life shows that love takes many forms and can be expressed in a variety of ways, it does not all have to be a cliché, wine and roses, gushing sonnets and stary eyes. It shows that love can be elegant and it can be punk rock. It illustrates that no one should be afraid to show their love, even if the way they choose to do so is not considered the romantic way. 

The Machinery of Life may not give any one the answer to the question – what is love? But it may start to answer the question – what’s love got to do with it?


love has everything to do with it, it is after all The Machinery of Life.

I will post details on how to get a copy soon, as well as details of a launch event!

Flight of the Dragonfly

Exciting times in Dragonflies world! And here is why –

We have been shortlisted for a Saboteur Award for Best Regular Spoken Word!

We are overwhelmed that folk nominated us. If you feel so inclined you can vote for us here

You should also check out the very fine Sabotage Reviews who host the awards as part the Saboteur Awards Festival

We are also going for a Zoom double up in May!

Out first virtual outing will be 4 May when we host Dragonflies present…

Three lovely poets – David Bleiman, Margaret Royall and Peter A

will share their wonderful poetry as each launch their new pamphlets. They will

all have three poetry support acts, so 12 poets all for the price of a free Eventbrite link.

A week later – 11 May we return for Flight of the Dragonfly spoken word (that’s the Saboteur Award shortlisted Flight of the Dragonfly)

We have 14 readers all sharing 5 minutes worth of their words and two super guest poets

Vic Pickup and Cathy Carson.

And finally, we spread our wings a little bit more by launching our very own e-journal – Flights

We aim to publish every quarter and also hope to produce as a downloadable PDF in the future. Submissions of poetry, flash fiction and prose are welcome. We have had a great response so far and there is still time to submit for our first issue.

We hope to have issue one winging its way to you in the first week of June.

Cheers – Spread the words

How many t-shirts? Time for some self promotion!

I wondered how many t-shirts do I actually have? To find out I’ll wear a different one everyday, take a picture, post it. I’ll try to keep going until I get through them all. I am not sure any one is as interested in this question as I am – but hey! What ever…

So for the past 64 days most of my t-shirts have featured a band (one of the joys of going to gigs, remember them), but today my t-shirt promotes Honey dew my poetry pamphlet.

I still have copies for sale if anyone is interested – use the link to find out more, read some reviews or buy a copy.

Flight of the Dragonfly

We are back on Zoom on Tuesday 30 March.

All of the reading slots are full, but we do have a wait list (email to go on it –

We will have two guest readers Sue Burge and Simon Maddrell (Simon won the Rialto 2020 Pamphlet Competition).

You can find more details and book a “seat” in the virtual room here

We have decided that we will now try to host Flight of the Dragonfly every 5 to 6 weeks instead of bi-monthly.

That means more readers and more guest poets (we have guests lined up through to September)

We have also decided to run Dragonflies present…

We will feature the launch of new publications from up to 4 four poets.

This will run occasionally and will be in addition to Flight of the Dragonfly.

Finally, and I am very excited about this, we are also going to start another venture –


We will announce details of this on 30 March

Hope to see you next week…

Spread the words

Flight of the Dragonfly

We had a great night on Zoom last night. I think it was our fifth excursion in the virtual world, exactly one year since our last event in a pub in Brighton.

We were joined by a great bunch of readers and actually overran. We had a lot of new voices on show and some huge talent, we hope to see them all again. We were also joined by a lovely bunch of listeners, who really seemed to enjoy what they heard.

The night was rounded off by our wonderful guest reader – Damien B Donnelly who bought pancakes and wowed the crowd with his magical words. He finished things off with a wonderful rendition of his published flash fiction about an excursion to Aldi with his mother – fabulous and he bought the house down!

Barbara and I have decided to move from b-monthly to every 6 weeks. Our next date is 30th March (more details to follow) and we will have two guest readers – Sue Burge and Simon Maddrell, I can’t wait!

How many t-shirts?

I wondered how many t-shirts do I actually have?  To find out I’ll wear a different one everyday, take a picture, post it. I’ll try to keep going until I get through them all. I am not sure if any one is as interested in this question as I am – but hey! What ever…

Today is day 23 which means it is t-shirt 23… And here it is.

Would you look at that –

it is a Flight of Dragonflies t-shirt.

And it just so happens that we have our latest instalment of Flight of the Dragonfly tonight.

Once again we will be taking flight on Zoom.

All the reader slots are full and we have a wonderful guest poet Damien B Donnelly – you can find out more about Dami here

There are still some “seats” available to join us and to listen to some fantastic words.

Click here to join us