Listening to ‘Fountain’ by Ari Banias & other poems

I'm not convinced that the knee surgery I had just before Christmas to treat a meniscus tear has completely worked. There is still quite a lot of pain (which wakes me up at night) but I think the pain is better than it was before. Anyway, bla bla bla, health issues. I'm alive! And one … Continue reading Listening to ‘Fountain’ by Ari Banias & other poems

Book Review: Kin by Hugh Dunkerley

The cover image of Hugh Dunkerley's new poetry collection (Kin, Cinnamon Press, 2019) is of a newborn baby emerging from a birthing pool so I was expecting to read poems about human vulnerability, frailty, pain, the complexities of parenthood, anxiety and joy, among other things, and I wasn't disappointed. Poems in the first two thirds … Continue reading Book Review: Kin by Hugh Dunkerley

#NaPoWriMo

I think it's wonderful that there's such a thing as National Poetry Month in the USA and it's great that it's really easy to join in wherever you are.   April is also National Poetry Writing Month - #NaPoWriMo - which can also be fun/inspiring/challenging to participate in. I'm not taking part in #NaPoWriMo as such … Continue reading #NaPoWriMo

Stephen Lightbown and Caleb Parkin to read at Trowbridge Stanza

Trowbridge Stanza is looking forward to welcoming poets Stephen Lightbown and Caleb Parkin to read at Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, (Drawing Projects UK is in Bridge House, next to Trowbridge train station) on Saturday April 6, 2-4pm.  There will also be the opportunity to perform your own poems at the open-mic.  Tickets are £3 on … Continue reading Stephen Lightbown and Caleb Parkin to read at Trowbridge Stanza

World Poetry Day

Today is World Poetry Day but if you're involved in poetry in any way, every day is a poetry day, isn't it?  My social media feeds are mostly jammed with posts about Brexit but some poetry has seeped through, sometimes about Brexit.  I like this poem by Laxinx actor and writer Guido Garcia Luechas which … Continue reading World Poetry Day

Not really a blog post

Not really a blog post but an ageing woman cycling on a static bicycle half crying, half laughing listening to an old George Michael song and thinking that she used to imagine George was singing to her about oh there was so much unrequited love in those days! and she never imagined anyone wasn't straight, … Continue reading Not really a blog post

New Old(ish) Poets Society

Thanks to Afshan D'souza-Lodhi at The Common Sense Network for publishing my short piece, New Oldish Poets Society - which you can read here - detailing twelve women poets who've recently published their first pamphlet or collection in their late 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.  I've read a few articles recently charting the rise in … Continue reading New Old(ish) Poets Society

My poetry week

This week the shortlist for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry was announced and - for the first time ever - one of the books I nominated for this prize has been selected.  I think it's a strong list and I can't think of any other recent poetry award (can you?) that … Continue reading My poetry week

A poem a day in the days leading up to Brexit

Just sharing with you the news that poet Martyn Crucefix is going to be posting a poem a day on his blog, starting on March 1st and ending on March 29th - the day when the UK is supposed to be leaving the EU. Martyn writes that this sequence of new poems "has been written … Continue reading A poem a day in the days leading up to Brexit

Three years of Drawing Projects UK

Artist Anita Taylor has written a terrific post at Wiltshire Council's arts blog giving some insight into the story (so far) of Drawing Projects UK which she and co-director Gary Sangster established in Trowbridge in 2015.  As a Trowbridge resident for 15 years, I absolutely love Drawing Projects UK and I can't quite believe my … Continue reading Three years of Drawing Projects UK