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New Poem in the 2021 Live Canon Anthology

My poem 'A Baby Speaks on his Birthday in an Autumn Garden, 2020' has been longlisted in this year's Live Canon International Poetry Competition and will be published in their annual anthology. Anthology cover photo by Anna Watson My thanks to the competition organisers, everyone at Live Canon and judge Jennifer Wong. More details and… Continue reading New Poem in the 2021 Live Canon Anthology

New poems, reviews and visual pieces

I have two new poems, 'To Love One Another' and 'True Crime' in The North magazine, Issue 66, (the 'Apart Together' issue) available to pre-order here. In the same publication, I've reviewed new poetry collections by Katherine Stansfield (Seren Books), Maria Taylor (Nine Arches Press) and Jackie Wills (Arc Poetry). I'm continuing to post new… Continue reading New poems, reviews and visual pieces

July Update

The image is of oxeye daisies photocopied and painted by Josephine Corcoran, with the words 'Grow Wild' added

I have two new poems coming out in The North magazine, should be very soon. In the same issue, I've reviewed poetry collections by Maria Taylor, Katherine Stansfield and Jackie Wills. I've also had an acceptance for a poem in 14 magazine which will be published later this year. Many rejections which I won't list… Continue reading July Update

End of month blog and some wildflower poems

The image is of petals of buttercups, forget-me-nots, herb robert and daisies arranged in lines like a quatrain

An end of month blog just to say hello. I'm not blogging much at all but quite often posting a picture or two on Instagram - which I think of as a micro blogging site. I have a pamphlet of poems without a publisher - that is, I haven't found a publisher who wants the… Continue reading End of month blog and some wildflower poems

News/No News in April

The image is of cherry trees in blossom

I've fallen off the blogging bus and I'm struggling to climb back on. I'm not sure why because it isn't travelling very fast. Perhaps it's my dodgy knee/s. Anyway - Hello! - even if it's already May. I'm fully recovered from my first Covid-19 jab (Oxford AstraZeneca) and waiting for a date for my second.… Continue reading News/No News in April

Diary Snippets, weekending 14 March, 2021

The image is of various different types of flowers in a small blue and white vase

Saturday and Sunday Saturday was spent driving our son back to his student flat in London. It was the first time we'd been that way since Christmas when we picked him up to come home for the holidays. Everyone says London is much quieter because of the pandemic and of course it's true. Both of… Continue reading Diary Snippets, weekending 14 March, 2021

Recent Diary Snippets

the image is of daffodils in a vase and an avocado plant and a cup of tea on a shelf

Monday and Tuesday It's incredible to think that it is nearly one year since the first UK lockdown, when the whole of the country learned a new way of living. The weather has been gifting us with some spring-like days which I've really enjoyed. My son is going back to his student accommodation in London… Continue reading Recent Diary Snippets

No Big Leaps in February

the image is of crocuses growing on grass in a park, February 2021

What a pipsqueak of a month February is. Over in the blink of an eye, or perhaps that's just me experiencing time whizzing past as I grow older. I finished the Papatango online playwriting course at the beginning of the month. Taking part in the course enabled me to edit and finish an audio play… Continue reading No Big Leaps in February

DIY Poetry Writing Workshops

The image is of a table that has books and notebooks on it. It is by a small window and there are drawings on the adjacent white walls.

In 2017 - 2018 I had a lovely time working in a secondary school in Bath one day work, employed as a Writer in Residence. I used this blog as a notebook to document the workshops, so I thought I'd link to a few of the posts I wrote, for anyone who might find them… Continue reading DIY Poetry Writing Workshops

January 2021 at And Other Poems

the image is of a bench on sparse land in the middle of winter

Jessica Mookherjee began the new year at And Other Poems with two poems offering glimpses of the end of the world, and dreams of the moon singing Indian lullabies on the pier at Mumbles Head.   Eve Ellis, meanwhile, gave us a prose poem about watching a film on TV, maybe a real film or… Continue reading January 2021 at And Other Poems