Opportunities for Young Writers

and resources for people working with young writers A  list of competitions and organisations which might be of interest to writers of school age - 5 to 18 -  I'll add to this list as time goes on. Please add further suggestions in the comments section. Poetry competitions now open: Live Canon Children's Poetry Competition.  … Continue reading Opportunities for Young Writers

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

New Year’s Eve Musings

I was about to tweet a happy tweet and post a happy post about my happy year, when our washing machine broke down and our boiler stopped working.  It was eerily uncanny, as if the Fairy who stops you feeling too smug had flown into my house and sprinkled some of her glum magic over … Continue reading New Year’s Eve Musings

Best wishes to you at Christmas

Dear Readers, Wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever you're doing, whoever you're with or not with, I'd like to send you my warmest thanks for visiting my blog, for reading what I write, for commenting or not commenting, for liking or ignoring my posts, both are appreciated, whenever it is or isn't.  I know … Continue reading Best wishes to you at Christmas

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