Reading and writing poems about ‘Where I’m From’. #writerinschool

As I've mentioned before, I'm using this blog as a place to keep a record of my residency at St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath, a non-selective comprehensive school for young people aged 11 - 18.  I go into school one day a week, run a creative club (open to any student) during break and at … Continue reading Reading and writing poems about ‘Where I’m From’. #writerinschool

Claudia Rankine in conversation in Bristol

I wanted to jot down some thoughts while they're still fresh in my head after hearing Claudia Rankine in conversation with David Olusoga in Bristol last Friday. The evening started with David Olusoga telling Claudia Rankine that  Citizen, Rankine's book of lyrical essays, fragments, and images of artwork, is like no other poetry book he's … Continue reading Claudia Rankine in conversation in Bristol

Notes from a half-empty nest

A flurry of exam results, celebrations, book-buying, bag-packing, car-loading, kisses and hugs, and our daughter, Kitty, is now settled into her university accommodation.  Overnight, the average age of our household has gone up.  The numbers of showers being taken and apples being eaten have gone down.  There is less fruit tea being drunk and less … Continue reading Notes from a half-empty nest

Primers Poets Volume Two at Drawing Projects UK

I wanted to say how much I enjoyed hearing Ben Bransfield, Cynthia Miller, and Marvin Thompson read at Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, on Saturday 30 September. These three poets are the winners of the 2017 Nine Arches Press/Poetry School Primers Competition which offered a prize of one year of mentoring with poets, editors and educators  … Continue reading Primers Poets Volume Two at Drawing Projects UK

National Poetry Day at St Gregory’s

Popping in briefly to say I've had a happy but busy poetry week.  I was in St Gregory's all day Wednesday and most of Thursday (National Poetry Day) and I stayed for their Open Evening on Thursday so wasn't home until nearly 10pm. I think that my school residency is going well, so far!  I'm … Continue reading National Poetry Day at St Gregory’s

Poetry Workshop Ideas: The Long Holidays by Esther Morgan

I enjoy browsing through poetry books on the look out for poems that I think will work well in a workshop.  As I mentioned before, the theme for National Poetry Day this year is 'Freedom' so I've been looking for suitable poems to take into St Gregory's Catholic College where I'm working as Writer in … Continue reading Poetry Workshop Ideas: The Long Holidays by Esther Morgan

My poem filmed by Live Canon

Just to say that I'm thrilled that Live Canon decided to film the poems shortlisted in this year's competition.  Here is my poem Do you remember those wild, out of control, pre-referendum days? performed by actor Nichole Bird:  

Beginning to write poetry with secondary school students

I'm using this blog as a notebook to record my time working with students at St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath, as Writer in Residence.  I'll use the tag 'writer in school' so you should be able to find my posts here by using that search term.  It's still early days in my residency, I'm now … Continue reading Beginning to write poetry with secondary school students

On not being good at mornings

I think it was Melvyn Bragg who said that he used to write between the hours of 5am and 8am before leaving his house to travel to his job in arts broadcasting.  Every day.  And there are many others, whose names I cannot remember, who've written about the benefits of writing early in the morning, … Continue reading On not being good at mornings

My first weeks as a Writer in Residence in a school

I'm going to be using this blog as a kind of diary and a place to keep notes about my work as a Writer in Residence at St Gregory's Catholic College in Bath.  I won't use students' real names or photographs and I won't do or say anything which would put any young person at … Continue reading My first weeks as a Writer in Residence in a school