Greetings from the middle of exam season

It's full on, double whammy, GCSE and A Level year in our house. For visitors who don't know, GCSEs (General Certificates of Secondary Education) are the first public exams most young people sit after five years of secondary schooling in England and Wales (I think Scottish students sit exams called Standards). 'A' Levels (Advanced Levels) are … Continue reading Greetings from the middle of exam season

Hilda Sheehan plus Open-Mic at Drawing Projects UK

Poet, editor, educator, and Director of Poetry Swindon and Swindon Poetry Festival, Hilda Sheehan will read from a selection of her published and new work at Drawing Projects UK (Bridge House - next to the train station) Trowbridge on Wednesday, 14th June, 7pm - 9pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to hear an exciting, innovative … Continue reading Hilda Sheehan plus Open-Mic at Drawing Projects UK

Reading poetry to shoppers and passersby

Months ago, I received an email, out of the blue, from someone called Louise Betts who was organising acts to perform on the outdoor stages at The Bath Festival.  Would the Town Hall Poets like to appear? When I set up Town Hall Poets (who are also a Poetry Society Stanza) in September 2016, I … Continue reading Reading poetry to shoppers and passersby

Reading at Bath Festival, Saturday May 20

Just to say that I'll be reading with my Poetry Society Stanza group, The Town Hall Poets, this Saturday, May 20th, in Bath as part of the free events programme at Bath Festival. We'll be on Southgate Stage (outside the Apple store) at 11am, then in Kingsmead Square from 12.30 - 1.15pm, in Alfred Street … Continue reading Reading at Bath Festival, Saturday May 20

All quiet on the blogging front

I'm not posting here as regularly as I used to.  It's possibly because I'm using Instagram as a kind of blog, posting a picture and a little commentary over there quite frequently.  It's an extremely easy way of posting so I can see why it's become so popular.  Are you on Instagram? Give me a follow … Continue reading All quiet on the blogging front

A poem for young people on my SoundCloud page

I usually think it's unnecessary to stipulate what age reader a poem (or any piece of writing) is for.  I usually write for adults but I don't consciously consider what age they might be.  In any case,  I started reading books "for adults" when I wasn't even ten years old - as I'm sure is the … Continue reading A poem for young people on my SoundCloud page

A quick update during National Poetry Month

I'm not really taking part in #NaPoWriMo this year although I do feel steeped in poetry.  I have attempted to write (or at least start) a poem a day in the past and found it fun and exhilarating.  I promised to review some poetry books for a magazine so I've been reading those and making slow … Continue reading A quick update during National Poetry Month

Poets for the Common Good at Greenbelt

I am extremely happy, excited and grateful to have been asked to read poetry at this year's Greenbelt Festival, alongside Nancy Campbell, Sasha Dugdale and Rebecca Goss, and introduced by Anthony Wilson! More details coming soon.  Find out more about the festival at the Greenbelt website.  

Read 19 poems about Ireland

I've spent a lot of time blogging this week, not really blogging but reading poems submitted to And Other Poems for an open call I put out for "poems about Ireland".  Eighty-three people sent in emails, most with two poems in their content, so I spent time reading the poems, drawing up a shortlist, uploading … Continue reading Read 19 poems about Ireland

Featured at Poetry Wales and Proletarian Poetry

Peter Raynard at Proletarian Poetry has written about my poem Working Class Poem, first published in Under the Radar magazine.  I wrote the poem when I was thinking about my own background and about the ways that working class people are represented in the mainstream media and in popular culture in the UK.  Mostly, I feel … Continue reading Featured at Poetry Wales and Proletarian Poetry