#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

At the year’s halfway point

My children's exams are over.  For my son, a season of campouts and festivals has already begun. My daughter also has exciting, if slightly less grungy, plans.  Four years worth of scrawled-on paper, deep piles of exercise books, text books, files, revision cards, notebooks, stationery, bottles of Rescue Remedy, school uniforms, pots of lunch money … Continue reading At the year’s halfway point

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