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 to … Continue reading Poet Bloggers 2018 Revival Tour

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

Some recent news

I update my 'News' page regularly but I realise that this won't show up if you follow this blog via email or via WordPress.  So, yes, there is some happy personal news over there that I would like to share with you!  I won First Prize in the Buzzwords Poetry Competition with my poem The … Continue reading Some recent news

Lunar Poetry Podcasts

There's an excellent interview with poet and editor Rishi Dastidar at Lunar Poetry.  Rishi talks about his approach to putting together his debut poetry collection Ticker-Tape (Nine Arches, 2017) and explains how he first approached Jane Commane at Nine Arches, as well as his method of editing and ordering the poems.  He also chats about … Continue reading Lunar Poetry Podcasts

A poem for young people on my SoundCloud page

I usually think it's unnecessary to stipulate what age reader a poem (or any piece of writing) is for.  I usually write for adults but I don't consciously consider what age they might be.  In any case,  I started reading books "for adults" when I wasn't even ten years old - as I'm sure is the … Continue reading A poem for young people on my SoundCloud page

A quick update during National Poetry Month

I'm not really taking part in #NaPoWriMo this year although I do feel steeped in poetry.  I have attempted to write (or at least start) a poem a day in the past and found it fun and exhilarating.  I promised to review some poetry books for a magazine so I've been reading those and making slow … Continue reading A quick update during National Poetry Month

Poets for the Common Good at Greenbelt

I am extremely happy, excited and grateful to have been asked to read poetry at this year's Greenbelt Festival, alongside Nancy Campbell, Sasha Dugdale and Rebecca Goss, and introduced by Anthony Wilson! More details coming soon.  Find out more about the festival at the Greenbelt website.  

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