A quick round up of recent events

A busy November has given way to a quiet December but my growing collection of new poems is demanding attention so the blog is being neglected.  I've written about 20 new poems that I'm reasonably pleased with. Many more will likely never see in the New Year.  My editing knives have been sharpened. November began … Continue reading A quick round up of recent events

Trowbridge Stanza: December Guest Readers Anthony Wilson and Dawn Gorman

Trowbridge Stanza is looking forward to welcoming poets Anthony Wilson and Dawn Gorman to read at Drawing Projects UK, Bridge House, Trowbridge, on Saturday, 7 December 2-4pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend and audience members are invited to bring one or two of their own poems to read at the open-mic.  Tickets are £5 on … Continue reading Trowbridge Stanza: December Guest Readers Anthony Wilson and Dawn Gorman

Last Few Days to Pin a Poem to the Places of Poetry map!

Just to mention that the Places of Poetry project will be a read-only site from November 1 so if you have a site-specific poem about anywhere in England or Wales that you'd like other people to read - head over to Places of Poetry and pin a poem on their map.  Here is some more … Continue reading Last Few Days to Pin a Poem to the Places of Poetry map!

Some feedback about Trowbridge Stanza

As many of you know, I organise a monthly poetry group in Trowbridge.  We meet every first Saturday, 2-4pm, at Drawing Projects UK, an art gallery, studio space and café, next to Trowbridge train station.  Recently people have shared some tweets about Trowbridge Stanza and about Drawing Projects UK itself, so I thought I'd include … Continue reading Some feedback about Trowbridge Stanza

Mid-October Notes and looking ahead to November

With both of my children now at university and not that many freelance projects on the go (but probably enough, for now) I have a lot more hours to myself these days. So far in October there have been some decent blocks of time available for me to write.  Of course, that doesn't mean I've … Continue reading Mid-October Notes and looking ahead to November

Poetry at Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, November 2: Guest Poet Birdspeed

Trowbridge Stanza is looking forward to welcoming  poet and performance artist Safiya Kinshasa, AKA Birdspeed, to share her work at Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge on Saturday, 2 November 2019 (2-4pm).  There will also be the opportunity for the audience to perform their own poems at the open-mic.  Tickets are £5 on the door.  More details … Continue reading Poetry at Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, November 2: Guest Poet Birdspeed

Poetry responding to Climate Change: Simon Armitage

I enjoyed hearing Poet Laureate Simon Armitage's poem 'Ark' on BBC Radio 4 this week.  The poem was written to commemorate the launch of the UK's new polar research ship, the 'Sir David Attenborough'. Here is a clip of Simon Armitage reading the poem: https://twitter.com/BBCr4today/status/1177172927478976513   and here is a link to the poem on … Continue reading Poetry responding to Climate Change: Simon Armitage

Sarah Hymas’ poem at And Other Poems in this year’s Forward Prizes

Most of you know that I founded and edited a poetry site called And Other Poems for six years and retired the site at the end of 2018. One of my final jobs as editor was to nominate three poems for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and I'm pleased to say that Sarah … Continue reading Sarah Hymas’ poem at And Other Poems in this year’s Forward Prizes

September

I wasn't going to blog today but started playing around with words and images after spending some time in the garden. lavender has lost its purple like it's been through a hot wash     left out in the rain leaves rust     roses have dropped pink litter on burnt grass   fat pigeon … Continue reading September

Staring at Earth

    We stood to stare at our planet Some of us knelt, offered up our phones Children said they wanted to go home   Words and photos by Josephine Corcoran from an art installation by Luke Jerram, Gaia - The Earth at Wills Memorial Building, Bristol.