School for Writers with the National Literacy Trust

In November 2018, I was lucky enough to attend two days of training with the National Literacy Trust to update and improve my skills as a writing workshop facilitator in schools. The course was based in Victoria Park Primary School, an absolutely lovely school in Bristol, and facilitated by Fay and Tim from the National… Continue reading School for Writers with the National Literacy Trust

Poetry from Art workshop at Drawing Projects UK

Poetry from Art workshop with Josephine Corcoran.  Write new poems in response to an exhibition of Anita Taylor's drawings.  Saturday 21 January 2017. 10am - 1pm. Drawing Projects UK, Bridge House, Trowbridge. £15. Limited places. Please book your place  - you can book online or in person at Drawing Projects UK. This is an exciting opportunity… Continue reading Poetry from Art workshop at Drawing Projects UK


Never done a Gratituesday post before which is surprising, considering how grateful I am to so many people. I don't have enough photos to share here so apologies for that.  Rest assured, they are extremely photogenic, all of my family and extended family and I'm very grateful to them.  Even when we're arguing we love each… Continue reading Gratituesday

National Poetry Day at Trowbridge Town Hall

Trowbridge Town Hall was awash with poets and artists on National Poetry Day, October 6 2016.  Ten local schools each sent small groups of children and a member of staff to take part in my poetry and art workshops which I ran with artist Ben Midgley.  In addition, poets from Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza group took part,… Continue reading National Poetry Day at Trowbridge Town Hall

Why bother with Creative Writing courses and workshops?

Hello from my Summer Holidays! Hope you're all well. I'm taking a leaf out of Anthony Wilson's blog and re-blogging a few of my older posts while I'm in the land of intermittent wifi. The days seem longer here and I appear to be getting more done. That aside, I thought this short article I… Continue reading Why bother with Creative Writing courses and workshops?

University of Iowa’s Writing MOOC

How Writers Write Poetry I’ve signed up for the University of Iowa’s free, six-week MOOC (massive open online course) called ‘How Writers Write Poetry’, which started on June 28th. There’s still time to sign up and take part – details here. There are two 30 minute videos to watch each week, presented by poets who… Continue reading University of Iowa’s Writing MOOC

NaPoWriMo: 21 days and a brace of workshops

Week 3.  Poem count so far : 18   Three missing poems but no lost days because that was when I spread four years worth of poems across my sitting room floor and began to dare to believe that I might have enough poems strong enough to submit to a pamphlet competition.  The extra poetry… Continue reading NaPoWriMo: 21 days and a brace of workshops

George Szirtes workshop in Swindon

Very interesting and helpful blog by Robin Houghton about a George Szirtes workshop on form and its possibilities in poetry

Read/Write South West and the joy of libraries

I said I'd post again before the daffodils came out in my garden, I looked away for one moment and there they were, and looking pretty weary after two days of brutal March winds. We are experiencing a cold snap in the UK, no snow where I live, in the south west of England, but… Continue reading Read/Write South West and the joy of libraries

The gift of an empty room

Had a weird experience yesterday when I ran a writing workshop and only one person turned up - and she was 40 minutes late!  I'm quite accomplished at promoting my own writing events and I usually manage to drum up enough interest to make my workshops viable but, in this instance, I wasn't responsible for… Continue reading The gift of an empty room