Read 19 poems about Ireland

I've spent a lot of time blogging this week, not really blogging but reading poems submitted to And Other Poems for an open call I put out for "poems about Ireland".  Eighty-three people sent in emails, most with two poems in their content, so I spent time reading the poems, drawing up a shortlist, uploading … Continue reading Read 19 poems about Ireland

Instagram Poetry

This work I've allowed myself to be distracted by a competition running on Instagram and it's been  huge fun.  The Poetry School and Soda Pictures have teamed up to run a competition to mark the release of A Quiet Passion – a new biopic of Emily Dickinson (in cinemas 7 April).  You can read all … Continue reading Instagram Poetry

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

The miracle of keeping going

I'm struggling to keep going with a blog a day.... but here I am.  After the election of Donald Trump in the US and the EU referendum result in the UK, and with the rise of the far-Right in mainland Europe, not to mention the continued  oppression of so many of the world's people in … Continue reading The miracle of keeping going

Thinking about Children’s Poetry

Ahead of Winchester Poetry Festival which runs from Friday 7 October to Sunday 9 October, and because I'm teaching some poetry workshops for children at Trowbridge Town Hall on National Poetry Day (October 6), I've been re-reading a 2015 issue of Modern Poetry in Translation magazine  which had a focus on children's poetry in translation. … Continue reading Thinking about Children’s Poetry

How to format poetry in WordPress (updated)

This is an update of my previous post about formatting poetry in WordPress because someone asked me how to format a prose poem this week and I realised I hadn't mentioned how to do that before. The two most useful poetry formatting tips I've learned are: Use 'Text' Editor rather than 'Visual' Editor. Adding the … Continue reading How to format poetry in WordPress (updated)

Life on a (mostly) unfunded Poetry Trail

On the poetry trail this week, I've been in search of some more participants for my poetry workshops which start on Tuesday, 20th September.  Numbers are going to be low (unless there's a last minute rush) but, rather than cancel, Town Hall Arts is supporting my classes and I'm really looking forward to getting to know … Continue reading Life on a (mostly) unfunded Poetry Trail

New Poetry Society Stanza in Trowbridge

Town Hall Poets, a Poetry Society Stanza group led by Josephine Corcoran, meets at Trowbridge Town Hall on the second Monday of every month, 6pm - 8pm.  Address: Market St, Trowbridge BA14 8EQ.  Venue Information  Ring 01225 774306I for enquires. You do not need to be a member of the Poetry Society or live in Trowbridge to … Continue reading New Poetry Society Stanza in Trowbridge

Writing a collaborative poem

I had a wonderful time reading with Louisa Adjoa Parker at Schumacher College, Dartington, Devon, on August 3rd for The Enemies Project South West Poetry Tour. You can read more about The Enemies Project here.  It's a project that started in 2011, dreamed up by poet and artist Stephen Fowler, which facilitates new collaborative creative works.   So far … Continue reading Writing a collaborative poem

Five new poems

I'm very happy to have some new poems out in print this year (after a lean 2015!). Earlier this year I had a poem in New Walk magazine. Most recently I have three poems in Under the Radar and two poems in Poetry Wales. It's the second time I've been in Under the Radar and … Continue reading Five new poems