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

Opportunities for Young Writers

and resources for people working with young writers I'm very excited to be working with St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath, as Writer in Residence for the next academic year.  I've already been into school to meet with some of the staff and to decide where to set up camp.  I'm really looking forward to meeting … Continue reading Opportunities for Young Writers

In which I’m packing for Greenbelt

All of my family, husband, daughter, son, son's girlfriend, and me, are off to Greenbelt this weekend for the first time, and we're all taking wellies and waterproofs and layers and a torch, as we've been advised by more experienced festival-goers than us.   I'm looking forward to reading with Nancy Campbell, Sasha Dugdale and … Continue reading In which I’m packing for Greenbelt

Primers Poets reading in Trowbridge

Save the date and come to Trowbridge!  Poets Cynthia Miller, Marvin Thompson and Ben Bransfield will be reading at Drawing Projects UK on Saturday 30 September, 2-4pm.  Tickets are £5 and available here. New Voices in Poetry selected by Jacob Sam-La Rose and Jane Commane The three poets, selected by Jacob Sam-La Rose and Jane … Continue reading Primers Poets reading in Trowbridge

Too tired to blog

There are a few things I'd like to tell you but I can hardly keep my eyes open, even at just gone nine in the evening.  I did a three hour walk this morning with my husband and daughter and I can still feel all of my muscles tingling.  It was meant to take "about … Continue reading Too tired to blog

In which I send off a poem 

This week, I've spent a lot of time working on one poem for a competition.  I sent it off yesterday, Saturday, one day before the deadline. I don't know what's made me enter more competitions this year, it's not something I've ever done excessively, preferring instead to send my poems to magazines.  I suppose I … Continue reading In which I send off a poem 

#WeekendCoffeeShare: In which I’m not going on holiday

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you I've been in London for a few days, with my teenage children (hardly children any more but that's for another post) seeing family (lots of family) and two very good, longtime friends. I'd tell you the weather was warm, sunny even, actually hot, and I wore dresses … Continue reading #WeekendCoffeeShare: In which I’m not going on holiday

Lunar Poetry Podcasts

There's an excellent interview with poet and editor Rishi Dastidar at Lunar Poetry.  Rishi talks about his approach to putting together his debut poetry collection Ticker-Tape (Nine Arches, 2017) and explains how he first approached Jane Commane at Nine Arches, as well as his method of editing and ordering the poems.  He also chats about … Continue reading Lunar Poetry Podcasts

Ignoring blog comments

Sometimes people find a post I wrote months or even years ago, and  decide to join  a discussion or start one up.  I don't mind this at all unless the comment is deliberately confrontational, in which case I simply ignore the remark.  Also, some of my older posts are linked to items which are no … Continue reading Ignoring blog comments