My started late, stop-start writing “career”

I've enjoyed these tweets from different writers who've shared their stories of not being straight out of the cradle when their writing received recognition.  Here are a few of them: https://twitter.com/KitdeWaal/status/939278943332503552 https://twitter.com/VanessaGebbie/status/939130266538467328 https://twitter.com/pascalepoet/status/939677522693824512 The writer Joanna Walsh (@badaude on Twitter) has written this article on The Guardian books blog, arguing that "all awards for young … Continue reading My started late, stop-start writing “career”

Christmas Pamphlets from Candlestick Press

Our poetry group in Trowbridge has been getting together for just over a year now and I'm really happy to meet up regularly with such a  lovely bunch of people!  We meet on the first Saturday of each month (2-4pm) in Trowbridge at Drawing Projects UK, right by Trowbridge train station, to read and discuss … Continue reading Christmas Pamphlets from Candlestick Press

Submitting poems to online places

I've been reading and selecting poems for And Other Poems for over five years now and while I'm not saying that there is only one way to send out a submission, I am extremely grateful to poets who send a submission in a certain way.  Obviously, different places have different guidelines - which should be … Continue reading Submitting poems to online places

Reading and writing Christmas-themed poems with Year 7s: #writerinschool

I'm really enjoying being Writer in Residence at St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath.  As well as writing with students during lesson time, I also run a Creative Writing Club at Break and Lunchtime, one day a week.  When we're writing poetry, I usually take in lots of photocopies of poems but today I took in … Continue reading Reading and writing Christmas-themed poems with Year 7s: #writerinschool

A few last minute submissions

This weekend I managed to send off a poem to the Verve Poetry Festival Competition a couple of hours ahead of the deadline - deadline now closed but you can find out more about the festival here - and I'm still working on one I'd like to send to The Cafe Writers competition - deadline … Continue reading A few last minute submissions

Thinking about sound and other senses. #writerinschool

I'm coming to the end of my first term as Writer in Residence at St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath.  As you know, I've been using this blog as a place to document my work there.  Previous posts include Beginning to Write Poetry With Secondary School Students,  Reading and Writing Poems about Where I'm From, National Poetry … Continue reading Thinking about sound and other senses. #writerinschool

NoNaBloPoMo or to put it another way.. not doing nablopomo

Hard to believe it's almost November again.  This time last year, I took part in National Blog Posting Month, or nablopomo, and posted every day during November.  I had a lot of fun and made new friends taking part in this challenge - and I am tempted to join in again!  However, I've decided to … Continue reading NoNaBloPoMo or to put it another way.. not doing nablopomo

Some recent news

I update my 'News' page regularly but I realise that this won't show up if you follow this blog via email or via WordPress.  So, yes, there is some happy personal news over there that I would like to share with you!  I won First Prize in the Buzzwords Poetry Competition with my poem The … Continue reading Some recent news

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