Mid-September Notes

I'm just back from a few days in Spain with my family.  I felt bad about flying, even though I haven't flown since I went to Portugal in 2015.  I will try not to fly again for at least a year, maybe longer.  I haven't signed up for the #flightfree2020 pledge but I am thinking … Continue reading Mid-September Notes

End of the month blog

Rattling off a post before March ends.  I've worked hard on my poetry manuscript since I last mentioned it on this blog.  Now for the final stages of editing, tweaking, rearranging lines, titles, and order with my editor, Jane Commane at Nine Arches Press.  What have I learned from writing a full collection of poetry?  Mostly, … Continue reading End of the month blog

Writing poetry with secondary school students: using cut ups

As I mentioned before, I liked the collage feel of both Anthony Wilson's notebook posts and Julie Mellor's post about Cubomania, in which Julie cut up blocks of text and placed them together in a random way to create new poems.  With this in mind, I started a new term at St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath, … Continue reading Writing poetry with secondary school students: using cut ups

‘Ten Poems from Ireland’ (Candlestick Press)

Town Hall Poets are a Poetry Society Stanza group who meet regularly at Trowbridge Town Hall, and other places, to read and talk about poetry, workshop each other's poems and arrange open-mic nights.  We're also lucky enough to be the Trowbridge Chapter of the Candlestick Press Collective, which means that we receive complimentary copies of … Continue reading ‘Ten Poems from Ireland’ (Candlestick Press)

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

Poet in Residence at Trowbridge Town Hall

I'm coming near to the end of my residency at Trowbridge Town Hall so I thought I'd say a few words about it.  I had hoped to accomplish a lot more (and I haven't finished yet!) although there was never a formal agreement about what my role would entail.  I approached Tracy Sullivan, Director of Town Hall Arts … Continue reading Poet in Residence at Trowbridge Town Hall

New poetry writing classes in Trowbridge

From September, 2016, I'll be teaching weekly poetry writing classes in Trowbridge at the old Town Hall. All courses are five weeks long and are for people aged 16+ Starting September 20 TUESDAYS 10.30am - 12.30pm: Start Writing Poetry £50 (for 5 sessions). More details and how to book here.  Class size 8 - 12. This course … Continue reading New poetry writing classes in Trowbridge

Pamphlet or full collection?

Can I sound you out about something? What do you prefer reading, pamphlets or full collections?  Do you buy either, both, or none? What about writing?  Have you published a pamphlet or a full collection or both?  Which came first? Why?  Have you published more than one pamphlet?  Have you NEVER published a pamphlet?  Did … Continue reading Pamphlet or full collection?

My writer’s diary this week

I was lucky enough to read at Buzzwords in Cheltenham last Sunday night. Cheltenham is about an hour and twenty minutes away by car and Andrew, my husband, kindly offered to drive. It might sound strange, but sometimes car journeys are the only times we spend quality time together these days. Andrew tends to work … Continue reading My writer’s diary this week

On not spending money (to learn to write poetry)

One of the comments from my previous post about writing workshops has prompted me to say that you don't need to spend money in order to write.  I've sung the praises of workshops on this blog - and I am a fan of them - but don't kid yourself that you must go to workshops in … Continue reading On not spending money (to learn to write poetry)