A very quiet start to the year

New Year was extremely quiet - very much like Christmas.  I'm still recovering from (minor) knee surgery and 'cycling' on my static bike every most days.  At the moment, I'm listening to The Leopard described on BBC iPlayer as  "Giuseppe Di Lampedusa's gorgeous masterpiece of European political fiction, translated by Archibald Colquhoun, abridged by Sara … Continue reading A very quiet start to the year

Christmas Retreat

This Christmas has mostly been about recovering from minor arthroscopic surgery to correct a torn meniscus in my left knee.  My stitches came out on 19 December and I had hoped to do a lot of writing because, coincidentally, my husband and two grown-up children have been visiting a close family friend in Australia for … Continue reading Christmas Retreat

School for Writers with the National Literacy Trust

In November 2018, I was lucky enough to attend two days of training with the National Literacy Trust to update and improve my skills as a writing workshop facilitator in schools. The course was based in Victoria Park Primary School, an absolutely lovely school in Bristol, and facilitated by Fay and Tim from the National … Continue reading School for Writers with the National Literacy Trust

Trowbridge to Avebury on the Number 49 Bus

It's November and the weather is alternatively grey and grim or sunny and seriously cold, and the news is pretty dreadful these days, so I thought I'd cheer myself up by remembering a lovely bus journey I took on a beautiful day in October - when it was as warm as June. As part of … Continue reading Trowbridge to Avebury on the Number 49 Bus

My bags are packed for Poetry in Aldeburgh

Three years ago, I was lucky enough to be selected for the  Aldeburgh Eight Advanced Poetry Seminar, organised by the now, very sadly, discontinued Poetry Trust.  I had an amazing time as an Aldeburgh Eight Poet with a free festival pass - which, for me,  felt like being a child allowed to run amok in … Continue reading My bags are packed for Poetry in Aldeburgh

Circles and Wildflowers

I'm really enjoying writing poems for 'Frames of Reference', part of the public art programme for King's Gate, Amesbury, commissioned by Ginkgo Projects and funded by Bloor Homes. I'm one of six Wiltshire-based artists who've been given a Local Artist Bursary for this project.  You can read about some of the other artists and see … Continue reading Circles and Wildflowers

‘To Bring Me Luck’ – new poem

A new poem of mine was commended in the Poetry Society's Stanza competition, a yearly event for people who are both members of  the Poetry Society and a Stanza (poetry groups run voluntarily by Society members).  As I've mentioned before, I organise the Trowbridge Stanza which meets on the first Saturday of every month at Drawing … Continue reading ‘To Bring Me Luck’ – new poem

Mid-week catch up

I thought I'd write a quick blog about what I've been up to recently.  I've been fairly busy since my book came out in late June, travelling around doing readings, organising Trowbridge Stanza, attending a few poetry readings, reading poems for And Other Poems, writing new poems, entering a few poetry competitions, researching and writing … Continue reading Mid-week catch up

The Circus of the Marvellously Menopausal Woman

A new poem of mine has been longlisted in Live Canon's International Poetry Competition. Naturally, I'm sad that it didn't make it to the shortlist and so won't be performed by the amazing Live Canon Ensemble at the Prizewinners' Show (which is always a gorgeous afternoon of poetry and camaraderie and really worth attending - … Continue reading The Circus of the Marvellously Menopausal Woman

Reading, writing, planning, etc.

I haven't written much about my everyday life recently so I thought I'd do an update. My once a week job in a school ended in July and very quickly after that I was awarded a small bursary to write new poems about the heritage, history and landscape of the area in and around Amesbury.  … Continue reading Reading, writing, planning, etc.