Reading, writing, planning, etc.

I haven't written much about my everyday life recently so I thought I'd do an update. My once a week job in a school ended in July and very quickly after that I was awarded a small bursary to write new poems about the heritage, history and landscape of the area in and around Amesbury.  … Continue reading Reading, writing, planning, etc.

Christmas Pamphlets from Candlestick Press

Our poetry group in Trowbridge has been getting together for just over a year now and I'm really happy to meet up regularly with such a  lovely bunch of people!  We meet on the first Saturday of each month (2-4pm) in Trowbridge at Drawing Projects UK, right by Trowbridge train station, to read and discuss … Continue reading Christmas Pamphlets from Candlestick Press

Claudia Rankine in conversation in Bristol

I wanted to jot down some thoughts while they're still fresh in my head after hearing Claudia Rankine in conversation with David Olusoga in Bristol last Friday. The evening started with David Olusoga telling Claudia Rankine that  Citizen, Rankine's book of lyrical essays, fragments, and images of artwork, is like no other poetry book he's … Continue reading Claudia Rankine in conversation in Bristol

Candlestick Press Pamphlets

With Christmas approaching (sorry, can't deny it any longer), I thought that now would be a good time to mention these beautiful pamphlets from Candlestick Press which would definitely make a wonderful present for many people I know, even though their tag line suggests modestly that you might give them "instead of a card." (which is … Continue reading Candlestick Press Pamphlets

Three blogs I read

Most mornings I check in to the WordPress Reader and glance through blogs I'm following.  This morning, three good reads caught my eye and I'd like to share them with you.  You might already know about Anthony Wilson's blog because I have mentioned it before.  There is such a wealth of good articles there about … Continue reading Three blogs I read

Hair Appointment

Day Two of National Blog Posting Month and I have a hair appointment.  Has to be done, much as I'd love to be the kind of person who can whip out a pair of hairdressing scissors and a box of hair dye and emerge from my bathroom half an hour later looking like a person … Continue reading Hair Appointment

On the trail of a book purchase

What made me: re-read a book I already had? buy a book? take a book out of the library? It started with this newspaper article, an interview in The Guardian with poet, critic and translator Michael Hofmann. I tend to buy The Guardian on a Saturday but I hadn't read the article until I noticed … Continue reading On the trail of a book purchase

A few recommendations

I've run out of time to write a post this week.  Instead, here are a few links to pieces I've enjoyed reading.  Hope you might enjoy them too. One A good interview between Abegail Morley and Jo Bell about Jo's most recent poetry collection Kith (Nine Arches Press). Jo talks us through submitting to publishers, waiting … Continue reading A few recommendations

Next stop Swindon Poetry Festival

Just saying hello before I head off for four days at The Swindon Poetry Festival.  I feel like someone leaving home for university, except it's a university of poetry.  Actually, knowing Hilda Sheehan who's organised the festival, it will be more like a UNIVERSE of poetry in Swindon.  I can't wait! I'm packing writing materials, … Continue reading Next stop Swindon Poetry Festival

Postcard from Spain.

I'm just back from a week in southern Spain with my family.  As well as swimwear and sundresses, I packed my notebooks, pens, draft poems and plenty of reading material, including these two books by Vicki Feaver.  Vicki was kind enough to send two new poems from her forthcoming collection to my poetry blog, And … Continue reading Postcard from Spain.