Pantoum Workshop! August 3 in Trowbridge

For the August meeting of our poetry group, on August 3rd (2-4pm), Trowbridge Stanza is hosting an informal, fun, informative and enjoyable workshop about the pantoum.  We'll read pantoums, write our own, either individually or in collaboration, or both, and hold a low-key, encouraging and friendly performance at the end of the afternoon.  Everyone is … Continue reading Pantoum Workshop! August 3 in Trowbridge

Guest Blog: Confessions of a Poetry Competition Judge by John McCullough

If you're in the business of sending off your poems to competitions and magazines, these helpful and witty comments by poet, tutor, and competition judge John McCullough could be just for you! They've given me a lot of food for thought. Thank you, John, for the post. CONFESSIONS OF A POETRY COMPETITION JUDGE 1) I … Continue reading Guest Blog: Confessions of a Poetry Competition Judge by John McCullough

Collecting Pantoums

I'm writing in haste as this looks like the day we're going to tackle our back garden meadow (grass uncut all season) and the sunshine and garden shears are calling me. I'm putting together an informal, low-key workshop for Trowbridge Stanza based on the pantoum, which the Poetry Foundation explains well here and includes sample … Continue reading Collecting Pantoums

The gift of an empty house

Sometimes it's sad when everyone leaves but sometimes it's just what you need.  It's not always possible to go away to write, on a course or retreat or holiday.  Even if you can afford it, even if it's free or subsidised, it's just not always possible - for many reasons, commitments, time or ability constraints … Continue reading The gift of an empty house

Some things you might like

Perhaps you already know about the following but in case you don't: Places of Poetry is open to everyone.  It's an online place, a map of England and Wales, for you to pin your poem about place, on the place it's about.  Read more about what the project is about here.  I know that a … Continue reading Some things you might like

A quick update

I've been quiet on the blogging front recently.  I've done a few readings and events this year, all noted on my Diary/News page.  My review of Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry (Peepal Tree Press, 2018) has been published in the current issue of Under the Radar magazine.  I'm currently reading new collections published by Pavilion … Continue reading A quick update

Poetry Reading plus Open-Mic in Devizes, Sunday June 16

I'm reading poems from my book What Are You After?  (published 2018 by Nine Arches Press) and new poems, on Sunday, June 16th, 5-7pm in the cellar of The Vaults Alehouse.  Here is a link to my event on the festival website. There will also be an opportunity to perform your poems at the open-mic.  This … Continue reading Poetry Reading plus Open-Mic in Devizes, Sunday June 16

Poetry responding to climate change

Like many people I've been thinking more and more about climate change, inspired by the activism of Greta Thunberg and others.  Recent poetry events like the 2018 Ginkgo Prize readings at Poetry in Aldeburgh (by the way, the 2019 Ginkgo Prize - "the world's biggest ecopoetry prize" - has just launched) and the Autumn 2018 … Continue reading Poetry responding to climate change

Listening to ‘Fountain’ by Ari Banias & other poems

I'm not convinced that the knee surgery I had just before Christmas to treat a meniscus tear has completely worked. There is still quite a lot of pain (which wakes me up at night) but I think the pain is better than it was before. Anyway, bla bla bla, health issues. I'm alive! And one … Continue reading Listening to ‘Fountain’ by Ari Banias & other poems

Book Review: Kin by Hugh Dunkerley

The cover image of Hugh Dunkerley's new poetry collection (Kin, Cinnamon Press, 2019) is of a newborn baby emerging from a birthing pool so I was expecting to read poems about human vulnerability, frailty, pain, the complexities of parenthood, anxiety and joy, among other things, and I wasn't disappointed. Poems in the first two thirds … Continue reading Book Review: Kin by Hugh Dunkerley