Reading many poems

When 2020 began, it wasn’t my intention to return to my poetry site And Other Poems – to be honest, I’ve been enjoying not reading through submitted poems, replying to enquiries, accepting or rejecting poems (never easy to say “no thank you” to someone, especially people who I count as friends or who I’ve got toContinue reading “Reading many poems”

Notes from a Cluttered Desk

Like Julie Mellor and many others in the Poetry Blogging Network, I try to put something up on this blog each week.  Like Julie, I don’t always manage it but, also like Julie, I thought I’d try again this week.  I don’t always have something to say so I wonder if it’s worth blogging.  AtContinue reading “Notes from a Cluttered Desk”

My poetry book What Are You After? reviewed at Never Imitate book blog

I am extremely grateful to writer and book blogger Jackie Law for writing about my poetry book, What Are You After? (Nine Arches Press)  on her excellent blog. Jackie Law reviews a wide variety of books on her site and is Top 500 Reviewer on Amazon and a Top 1% Reviewer on Goodreads.  In recognition ofContinue reading “My poetry book What Are You After? reviewed at Never Imitate book blog”

Poet Bloggers 2018 Revival Tour

I’m a pretty regular blogger but I have let things slip a bit recently, mostly because I’ve been busy doing other kinds of writing.  In a bid to up my game,  I’ve been kindly added to this list of poet bloggers who are trying to blog weekly in 2018. You can also add yourself toContinue reading “Poet Bloggers 2018 Revival Tour”

UK Poetry Blogs of the Year

My websites have received a very nice mention from Matthew Stewart at Rogue Strands.  In his round-up of  The Best U.K. Poetry Blogs of 2016, Matthew says Josephine Corcoran runs And Other Poems, which is one of the best e-zines on the U.K. poetry scene, but she’s also a prolific blogger, chronicling her personal journey throughContinue reading “UK Poetry Blogs of the Year”

How to format poetry in WordPress (updated)

Post updated November 2020. Since I last updated this post, WordPress has switched to the block editor (known as Gutenberg).  When I edit poems, I create a post and put in the title, then go to save.  When I return to the dashboard menu, I click ‘WP Admin’, (NB if you cannot locate ‘WP Admin’Continue reading “How to format poetry in WordPress (updated)”

Blogging for Winchester Poetry Festival 2016

Hot on the trails of my post about the joys of poetry festivals, I’m happy to tell you that I will be the official Blogger at this year’s Winchester Poetry Festival which will take place October 7 – 9. I will be posting my Festival Blogs on this site, as well as tweeting poetry snippetsContinue reading “Blogging for Winchester Poetry Festival 2016”

After the Aldeburgh Eight Seminar 2015

I’ve been back in Wiltshire for over a week, after three days at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and five days on a rural writing retreat at Bruisyard Hall in Suffolk, as one of this year’s Aldeburgh Eight.  I had an amazing time, I’m so glad I applied for a place, and I’m still processing the wholeContinue reading “After the Aldeburgh Eight Seminar 2015”

A few links for National Poetry Day UK

Yes, it’s that’s time of year again.  It’s National Poetry Day in the UK.  Here are a few posts I’ve read this morning which you might also enjoy. A gentle, interesting, contemplative post from Anthony Wilson who seems to be countering the imperative mood of the beautifully designed slogans from this year’s National Poetry Day campaign withContinue reading “A few links for National Poetry Day UK”

On not blogging and putting your poems first

I’ve been absent from here of late, really since I got back from my holiday in Portugal, and it’s mainly because I’m trying to plough on with my poetry writing, especially as I’m taking a break from paid work.  I feel that I need to make the most of my free time as I’m never tooContinue reading “On not blogging and putting your poems first”