Welcome to www.billgreenwell.com. This is a web-site with several functions, but please do feel free to browse different areas. Here's a rough guide.

There are several different sections, which you are welcome to browse. Under Satirical Poems, you'll find the whole text of the now out-of-print Tony Blair Reminds Me Of A Budgie, and many other poems written during a nine-year stint as New Statesman's house poet. You'll also find two hundred published and unpublished poems. There is also an archive of some of Bill's articles.

This site is currently being redesigned and additional content will appear over the coming days
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The Weekly Poem

The Weekly Poem offers you a spoof or comment on current events, and there'll be a new one - weekly.

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Fish in a Tree

"A Fish in a Tree" is Bill's account of tracing the descendants of the Sunderland couple Mary Wilson and George Greenwell, who married in 1811.

Lost Lives

Lost Lives: individuals in the census of Sunday April 3rd, 1881

These biographical sketches are an attempt to cut some names on tombstones, male as well as female. Some of the names may be familiar. One of them was even declared one of the Great Britons of the millennium; but her life itself seems singularly obscured by the murk of our memories. They were not violets; neither did they shrink, exactly. But their lives are gradually fading, like print on ageing paper. The census of 1881 inks in their outline, tells their truths and half-truths.

Latest Project

New Statesman Competitions: a history of the competitions in New Statesman, going back to the first (in another magazine, The Week-end Review, in 1930). The aim is to look at the competitions up to the end of World War II, and perhaps also to look at the satirical poets in the NS.