‘What Are You After?’ reviewed at Poetry Wales

A quick note to say that my poetry book What Are You After? has received a gorgeous review by Jonathan Edwards at Poetry Wales.  You can read the whole review here. Stowaway (Seren, 2018) by Richard Gwyn and Feral (Bloodaxe, 2018) by Kate Potts are also reviewed by Jonathan Edwards. It's fair to say that, … Continue reading ‘What Are You After?’ reviewed at Poetry Wales

Trowbridge Stanza: December Guest Readers Anthony Wilson and Dawn Gorman

Trowbridge Stanza is looking forward to welcoming poets Anthony Wilson and Dawn Gorman to read at Drawing Projects UK, Bridge House, Trowbridge, on Saturday, 7 December 2-4pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend and audience members are invited to bring one or two of their own poems to read at the open-mic.  Tickets are £5 on … Continue reading Trowbridge Stanza: December Guest Readers Anthony Wilson and Dawn Gorman

I dreamt I won a poetry competition I hadn’t entered

I dreamt I won a poetry competition I hadn't entered I wrote in my diary this morning and all at once it was November, month of daily blog posting, National Blog Posting Month or #NaBloPoMo.  So I am writing a blog post while the dream carries on glowing inside my mattress even though it is … Continue reading I dreamt I won a poetry competition I hadn’t entered

Last Few Days to Pin a Poem to the Places of Poetry map!

Just to mention that the Places of Poetry project will be a read-only site from November 1 so if you have a site-specific poem about anywhere in England or Wales that you'd like other people to read - head over to Places of Poetry and pin a poem on their map.  Here is some more … Continue reading Last Few Days to Pin a Poem to the Places of Poetry map!

Some feedback about Trowbridge Stanza

As many of you know, I organise a monthly poetry group in Trowbridge.  We meet every first Saturday, 2-4pm, at Drawing Projects UK, an art gallery, studio space and café, next to Trowbridge train station.  Recently people have shared some tweets about Trowbridge Stanza and about Drawing Projects UK itself, so I thought I'd include … Continue reading Some feedback about Trowbridge Stanza

Mid-October Notes and looking ahead to November

With both of my children now at university and not that many freelance projects on the go (but probably enough, for now) I have a lot more hours to myself these days. So far in October there have been some decent blocks of time available for me to write.  Of course, that doesn't mean I've … Continue reading Mid-October Notes and looking ahead to November

Poetry at Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, November 2: Guest Poet Birdspeed

Trowbridge Stanza is looking forward to welcoming  poet and performance artist Safiya Kinshasa, AKA Birdspeed, to share her work at Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge on Saturday, 2 November 2019 (2-4pm).  There will also be the opportunity for the audience to perform their own poems at the open-mic.  Tickets are £5 on the door.  More details … Continue reading Poetry at Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, November 2: Guest Poet Birdspeed

Poetry responding to Climate Change: Simon Armitage

I enjoyed hearing Poet Laureate Simon Armitage's poem 'Ark' on BBC Radio 4 this week.  The poem was written to commemorate the launch of the UK's new polar research ship, the 'Sir David Attenborough'. Here is a clip of Simon Armitage reading the poem: https://twitter.com/BBCr4today/status/1177172927478976513   and here is a link to the poem on … Continue reading Poetry responding to Climate Change: Simon Armitage

Notes from a Cluttered Desk

Like Julie Mellor and many others in the Poetry Blogging Network, I try to put something up on this blog each week.  Like Julie, I don't always manage it but, also like Julie, I thought I'd try again this week.  I don't always have something to say so I wonder if it's worth blogging.  At … Continue reading Notes from a Cluttered Desk

Mid-September Notes

I'm just back from a few days in Spain with my family.  I felt bad about flying, even though I haven't flown since I went to Portugal in 2015.  I will try not to fly again for at least a year, maybe longer.  I haven't signed up for the #flightfree2020 pledge but I am thinking … Continue reading Mid-September Notes