Wednesday 6 September 2023

Sports and Social

Sports and Social, my book of short stories will be published on Thursday, September 28th, 2023 by Bluemoose Books.

Join us at Dark Woods Coffee, West Slaithwaite Road, Huddersfield, HD7 6LS on Wednesday, September 27th for the launch: Free Tickets

London launch: Friday, October 6th at Trinity Chapel Brixton, 67 St Matthew's Lane, London, SW2 1NF: Free Tickets

Thursday 1 June 2023

Round About Town Podcast

For twenty-five years Kevin Boniface has been writing succinct descriptions of events and incidents that have taken place whilst out and about on his postal round, his daily route taking him from the main sorting office to the streets and outlying neighbourhoods above the town. In these commentaries and records nothing seems to be typical—engaged and disconnected conversations, the observed and the overheard—the everyday activity of life on the move.

Monday 24 April 2023


Soundmaps of four different areas of my round. Click to enlarge:

Your Highlights of 2022

Here are Your Highlights of 2022. Better late than never.


Thursday 30 December 2021

Your highlights of 2021

Listening to speakerphone hip-hop

Kneeling on a crushed wine box to stack penne on the bottom shelf

Riding your e-bike along the country lanes in determined silence and lycra

Singing the Brentford Nylons advert at 6am

Remembering Steve Walton who used to work here: You know, his missus wore glasses

Painting rocks in the colours of the Indian flag

Loading a six foot long model of a gunboat onto a trailer, attaching it to your mobility scooter and driving around the estate because you like it to go out every now and again

Singing Ee bah gum can your belly touch your bum on the roof of the pub where Jill and Alan are welcoming new customers...

Wednesday 14 July 2021

Transit: five minute interval walk

A white, long wheelbase, high top, 15 plate Ford Transit van with Modern Handling Services Ltd livery in a bold red sans serif. Parked, two wheels on the pavement, two in the road (Heaton Road).


Green white and red vinyl banner approx 6’x1½’. Attached to park railings in Park Drive South with fourteen black cable ties through small brass eyelets. It reads “Learn to play croquet in Huddersfield” in a bold white sans serif, with details of courses and contact email address in smaller red text underneath.


The midges illuminated by the low sun appear as tiny airborne pin pricks of light. The four sided Victorian glass lamp on the park gates also appears to be illuminated but this is also a trick of the light from the low sun.


The trees on Castlegate Loop include cypress, common lime, some kind of large willow. From my position on the New North Road side of the flyover only the canopy is visible above the blue railings.


The slightly splay footed gait of the man walking ten metres in front of me on Southgate. He is wearing blue Nike trainers, a black North Face backpack, shorts, t-shirt, baseball cap — black. He is drinking from a cardboard carton with a short straw.


A white, long wheelbase, high top, 17 plate Ford Transit van. No livery. A set of long ladders on the roof. Parked in the yard at York House next to the small rotten wooden window with leaf pattern textured glass (Pilkington ‘Autumn’ design?) and an unusual bespoke iron grill.

Sunday 11 October 2020

Post Round Portrait Number 7

I took a photograph on the hour every hour and captioned it with the first thing that was said to me after having done so.

7am: What are you doing now?

8am: This is crazy, fucking crazy.

9am: Yes* 

*Bleary eyed and half swallowed. Accompanied by thumbs up.

10am: Sorry if you’ve been waiting a while, mate.

11am: Hi. Oh, right.

12 noon: Ta, love. See ya.

1pm: I’m in no hurry, I won’t be loading till last anyway.

2pm: I thought that was you then.

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Post Round Portrait Number 6

I took a photograph on the hour every hour and captioned it with the first thing that was said to me after having done so.

7am: I’m getting like you, Kev. I’m taking photos out on delivery. I’m taking photos of random shoes and stuff. I took one of a shoe on a wall yesterday, I’ll show it you in a bit.

8am: Yes, the lift is still not working.

9am: I don’t know, do I? I don’t know what the hell’s going on.

10am: Hiya. Thanks. See you.

11am: Cheers. Thank you very much. See you.

12 noon: Hiya, how are you? Everything all right?

1pm: Got owt for here? Give it here if you like, if I can get this glove off, it’s wet through now.

2pm: A'right, pal?

Thursday 17 September 2020

Post Round Portrait Number 5

I took a photograph at half past the hour every hour and captioned it with the first thing that was said to me after having done so.

7.30am: It’s like being married to an old washer woman working with you.

8.30am: What are you not telling me? How many dogs are there on here? Have you seen it?

9.30am: Thank you very much!

10.30am: Hiya, thank you.

11.30am: Twenty-five?

12.30pm: New man on today, eh? Bob off?

1.30pm: Please insure [sic] the handbrake is fully applied before leaving the vehicle.

2.30pm: It’s the week commencing the fourteenth, isn’t it? That’s right, I’ve got tomorrow off.

Monday 7 September 2020

Post Round Portrait Number 4

I took a photograph on the hour every hour and captioned it with the first thing that was said to me after having done so.

7am: Just to spoil your day even more, it's raining.

8am: Are you John today?

9am: Mrs Mason at the flats gave me this on Saturday, "Ooh, can you take me this? I can't get to the post office". By the time I got done the post office was shut! I've had to take it home with me and now I'm gonna have to call at the post office on my way out.

10am: Morning! Load of crap? Thank you, love.

11am: What? Him next door? No, he's a nutter.

12 noon: You're a brave soul in just your shirt sleeves.

1pm: Thank you very much.

2pm: Just leave it on the doorstep, I'll pick it up in a minute.