#NaPoWriMo

I think it's wonderful that there's such a thing as National Poetry Month in the USA and it's great that it's really easy to join in wherever you are.   April is also National Poetry Writing Month - #NaPoWriMo - which can also be fun/inspiring/challenging to participate in. I'm not taking part in #NaPoWriMo as such … Continue reading #NaPoWriMo

Stephen Lightbown and Caleb Parkin to read at Trowbridge Stanza

Trowbridge Stanza is looking forward to welcoming poets Stephen Lightbown and Caleb Parkin to read at Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, (Drawing Projects UK is in Bridge House, next to Trowbridge train station) on Saturday April 6, 2-4pm.  There will also be the opportunity to perform your own poems at the open-mic.  Tickets are £3 on … Continue reading Stephen Lightbown and Caleb Parkin to read at Trowbridge Stanza

World Poetry Day

Today is World Poetry Day but if you're involved in poetry in any way, every day is a poetry day, isn't it?  My social media feeds are mostly jammed with posts about Brexit but some poetry has seeped through, sometimes about Brexit.  I like this poem by Laxinx actor and writer Guido Garcia Luechas which … Continue reading World Poetry Day

New Old(ish) Poets Society

Thanks to Afshan D'souza-Lodhi at The Common Sense Network for publishing my short piece, New Oldish Poets Society - which you can read here - detailing twelve women poets who've recently published their first pamphlet or collection in their late 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.  I've read a few articles recently charting the rise in … Continue reading New Old(ish) Poets Society

A poem a day in the days leading up to Brexit

Just sharing with you the news that poet Martyn Crucefix is going to be posting a poem a day on his blog, starting on March 1st and ending on March 29th - the day when the UK is supposed to be leaving the EU. Martyn writes that this sequence of new poems "has been written … Continue reading A poem a day in the days leading up to Brexit

A student again

After a few years of not going to any regular writing events, other than the lovely Stanza I organise here in Trowbridge, I'm taking part in the 2019/20 Poetry Business Writing School which means I'll be up in Sheffield several times a year for workshops and I've already begun reading for the course and completing … Continue reading A student again

A few poetry notes

Last week I  mentioned that the Poetry Society had a callout for poems that take note, in some way, of 99 of the mostly commonly used words used in 40 years of the National Poetry Competition.  I wasn't going to write anything for this because I thought it was too much of a distraction from … Continue reading A few poetry notes

Snowed in

Goodbye, January.  You weren't that bad.... actually, you were bad but, weirdly, I still felt a tenderness towards you when I turned the page of our calendar. And just as you said goodbye and made way for  February,  you let fall a skyful of snow. which held me hostage in my house for a day … Continue reading Snowed in

‘To Bring Me Luck’ – new poem

A new poem of mine was commended in the Poetry Society's Stanza competition, a yearly event for people who are both members of  the Poetry Society and a Stanza (poetry groups run voluntarily by Society members).  As I've mentioned before, I organise the Trowbridge Stanza which meets on the first Saturday of every month at Drawing … Continue reading ‘To Bring Me Luck’ – new poem

The Circus of the Marvellously Menopausal Woman

A new poem of mine has been longlisted in Live Canon's International Poetry Competition. Naturally, I'm sad that it didn't make it to the shortlist and so won't be performed by the amazing Live Canon Ensemble at the Prizewinners' Show (which is always a gorgeous afternoon of poetry and camaraderie and really worth attending - … Continue reading The Circus of the Marvellously Menopausal Woman