Creative Writing, Poetry, Reading and Writing

Belatedly, Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all.  A very low-key New Year's Eve for me, a tiny amount of alcohol drunk, some good food, perfect company in the form of my husband, A., and - for him - a lot of taxi driving for our two young adult children who he ferried around through the night… Continue reading Belatedly, Happy New Year

Blogging, Creative Writing, Poetry Blogs, Reading and Writing, Reading and Writing Poetry

Notes from a Cluttered Desk

Like Julie Mellor and many others in the Poetry Blogging Network, I try to put something up on this blog each week.  Like Julie, I don't always manage it but, also like Julie, I thought I'd try again this week.  I don't always have something to say so I wonder if it's worth blogging.  At… Continue reading Notes from a Cluttered Desk

Creative Writing, Reading and Writing

What do the people opposite think of me?

There she is, behind her radio, her jokey monkey, her burnout out candle, her re-purposed  jam jars, her florid handsoap, her washing up liquid, her scraggy pan cleaner, abandoned paintbrushes, her clutter of children's claywork. There she is behind a basket of old receipts,  boxes of matches, hair clips, unread articles, badges, key rings, fridge magnets, gravy-stained recipe books,… Continue reading What do the people opposite think of me?

Reading and Writing

On continuing to read with your kids

Like many parents, my husband and I have always read with our children.  When they were babies, we read fairy stories and nursery rhymes to them and gave them board books to chew and dribble over.  Touch-and-feel books were popular, as were lift-the-flap books (usually reinforced with triple layer sellotape to cater for even the most boisterous of… Continue reading On continuing to read with your kids

Creative Writing, Family, Poetry, Reading and Writing, Reading and Writing Poetry, Weekly Update

What are your writing plans for the summer?

What are your plans for the summer? Are things staying the same or do you have a project in mind? Maybe it isn't summer where you are but what are your plans, anyway? Here in the UK, I've been away from a regular, paid job since 1st May. This is intentional, I'm trying to use… Continue reading What are your writing plans for the summer?