Notes from Cardiff Poetry Festival

I was in Cardiff all weekend at the first poetry festival there (according to publicity but this seems astonishing, if true!) organised by Seren Books.  I posted pictures over at my Instagram  and here are a few snippets from my notebook.  I enjoyed most of the festival, some readings more than others, inevitably.  I was … Continue reading Notes from Cardiff Poetry Festival

Poetry@Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, Saturday March 3

  Come to hear two fabulous poets read in Trowbridge on Saturday, March 3rd, 2pm- 4pm.  Open-mic contributions welcome.  Drawing Projects UK is in Bridge House, Stallard Street, Trowbridge, next to Trowbridge train station. Dawn Gorman is a poet and editor who devises and runs community arts events, including the reading series Words & Ears, … Continue reading Poetry@Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, Saturday March 3

Writing poems about flowers #writerinschool

This week I took Alice Oswald's book Weeds and Wild Flowers in to St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath, where I'm working as Writer in Residence. I was prompted to do this by Sarah Westcott's gorgeous poem about snowdrops Fair Maids of February which was a winner in this year's Cafe Writers Competition judged by Liz … Continue reading Writing poems about flowers #writerinschool

A few copies of my pamphlet available

Please let me know if you would like to buy one of the remaining copies of my poetry pamphlet The Misplaced House published by tall-lighthouse in November 2014.  If you send an email to josephinecorcoran13@gmail.com,  I will send you a PayPal invoice by return.  The price is £5 which includes P&P (UK only).

Very short crime stories: #writerinschool

I brought in some crime flash fiction to St Gregory's School where I work one day a week as writer in residence and the students loved reading, talking about, and writing their own very short crime stories.  These were Year 8 and Year 9 students, aged 12 - 14, with a variety of different literacy … Continue reading Very short crime stories: #writerinschool

Keeping a poetry reading journal

Dashing off a quick post to try to keep to my weekly blog plan as part of the Poet Bloggers 2018 Revival Tour.  I'm knee-deep in old notebooks this week, as I flounder inside the messy and muddy quagmire that is my poetry manuscript.  I've spent the past two days holed-up inside my house, as … Continue reading Keeping a poetry reading journal

Towards a poetry collection

I had my very first real life meeting with Jane Commane from Nine Arches Press on Friday.  Nine Arches is based in the Midlands and I live in West Wiltshire, on the border of Somerset in the west of England, so we met in the cafe of the Friends House, by Euston Station in London.   It's … Continue reading Towards a poetry collection

Writing poetry with secondary school students: using cut ups

As I mentioned before, I liked the collage feel of both Anthony Wilson's notebook posts and Julie Mellor's post about Cubomania, in which Julie cut up blocks of text and placed them together in a random way to create new poems.  With this in mind, I started a new term at St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath, … Continue reading Writing poetry with secondary school students: using cut ups

Posts from poetry blogs I’ve enjoyed reading this week

I like this contemplative post by Charlotte Gann about the reasons she's drawn to Stevie Smith's poem 'Not Waving but Drowning'. The poem ‘Not Waving but Drowning’ by Stevie Smith is only twelve lines long. Yet, the first time I read it, it created in my mind, for evermore, a whole world – and life story. Not … Continue reading Posts from poetry blogs I’ve enjoyed reading this week

Poet Bloggers 2018 Revival Tour

I'm a pretty regular blogger but I have let things slip a bit recently, mostly because I've been busy doing other kinds of writing.  In a bid to up my game,  I've been kindly added to this list of poet bloggers who are trying to blog weekly in 2018. You can also add yourself to … Continue reading Poet Bloggers 2018 Revival Tour