H-J Hoyles

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I hope you enjoy the poetry I have to offer. My poetry comes from a combination of my memories of home, the distant signs of the old world of the Hen Ogledd (The Old North) and the interesting juxtapositions which the old can create when brought in to encompass the new. I have tried through my work to create a sense of the energy which can be held in the earth, and the wonder which is so close to us, if only we take the time to feel it. 



H-J Hoyles, known as Hadley, is a poet, writer and teacher from North Yorkshire, who is based in Edinburgh. He is responsible for The Alcove: Poetry In Edinburgh events and is the author of Yan, available for reading on request from this site.

His mission is to spread the love and appreciation of arts in all their varied forms across Edinburgh and beyond. Hadley's particular focus is on his preferred medium of poetry, but through his work with The Alcove, he endeavours to provide a platform to artists of all sorts, whether their strengths lie in poetry, prose, music or otherwise, it matters not!


Cold Eel


After the hubbub

And the crassness of the active battle

You slither out, basking in the tension

Left in the murk after a rip-roarer

Of a show. You settle

Your flimsy layers

And your granite guts

As the sediment returns

To its grounding point, goaded no more.


Algae, food.

Mollusc, food.

Hibiscus, food.

Finger, food, you

Build all your life with no

Concern from whence it came.

You break apart bone, ligament, ex-

Cruciating tendon, as if it were

A delight to your fussless stomach.


Nightlife comes to your dark-already door

Niggling away at the peace of your churning.

You slide out, and politely tell it

“The same as last night, I haven’t

The time or the inclination-

My heart was never in it.” Your

Faceless grin looks eerie

As much as polite, a monstrous balance

Of the housewife, the banker, the trader.

Nothing in your grin gives offence, nothing

Gives; yet beneath it all

Through the newly digested bone

You are impatiently waiting for the day

When nightlife will overstep its bounds

And you have just and probable cause

To swallow the moon.

News & Events

  • TBD
    Online Oratory!
    Time is TBD
    Online Event
  • Sky Bookshop Book Signing
    04 Oct 2023, 19:00
    San Francisco, 500 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA
  • Spoken Word Masterclass Workshop
    30 Oct 2023, 19:00
    San Francisco, 500 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA
  • San Francisco Festival of Literature
    15 Dec 2023, 19:00
    San Francisco, 500 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA


For any inquiries, please contact Seumas Giolla Choille 

Telephone: 07727719971

Facebook: The Alcove: Poetry in Edinburgh

E-mail hadley-8@hotmail.com to speak directly to the author

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