Mid-week catch up

I thought I'd write a quick blog about what I've been up to recently.  I've been fairly busy since my book came out in late June, travelling around doing readings, organising Trowbridge Stanza, attending a few poetry readings, reading poems for And Other Poems, writing new poems, entering a few poetry competitions, researching and writing… Continue reading Mid-week catch up

Gareth Lewis

I am extremely sad that Gareth Lewis, editor/publisher at the tall-lighthouse, the independent small press that published my pamphlet The Misplaced House, has died at the age of 41.  We only met once, at the London launch of my pamphlet, but we corresponded regularly via email, particularly while we were editing my manuscript.  I was so grateful to… Continue reading Gareth Lewis

Do not mock the Leavers. Find the Remainers.

What a week.  My daughter turned 17 on Thursday, 23rd June, so was too young by one year to be eligible to vote in the EU Referendum.  Early on Friday morning I found her in tears, reading online news sites and trying to absorb the reality of a Leave vote. If she had been allowed… Continue reading Do not mock the Leavers. Find the Remainers.

Guest Blog: Anita Taylor talks about establishing a centre for drawing and contemporary art at Bridge House in Trowbridge

Very exciting to read this article on The Arts in Wiltshire Blog.

Dean of Bath School of Art and Design, Jerwood Drawing Prize Director, and artist, Anita Taylor talk about her visions for a new centre for drawing and contemporary art in Trowbridge, West Wiltshire.

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Vestiges, Anita Taylor installed at Drawing Projects, Bridge House Vestiges, Anita Taylor installed at Drawing Projects, Bridge House

Drawing is both a sophisticated and vital means of thinking and communicating, and is readily accessible to all. As a primary visual language, essential for neurological development and enhanced communication and expression, drawing is perhaps as important as the development of written and verbal skills. The need to understand the world through visual means would seem more acute than ever; with images transcending many barriers of language and enhancing communications in an increasingly globalised world.

Alongside a need for drawing skills for those entering employment identified by a range of industries in the creative sectors – animation, architecture, design, fashion, film, theatre, performance and the communication industries – drawing is also widely used within a range of other professions as a means to develop, document, explore, explain, interrogate and plan, including in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine and…

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Somewhere lovely to stay in London

I had a wonderful time reading at The Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, London, on Saturday night, with Jackie Wills, tutor from the Aldeburgh Eight Advanced Poetry Seminar, and the 2015 Aldeburgh Eight Poets, who are Andrew Rudd, Anita Pati,  John Challis, Kathy Pimlott, Miranda Yates, Seán Hewitt, Suzannah Evans, and me. It was such a pleasure to… Continue reading Somewhere lovely to stay in London

I never met him but I felt he sang to me

Andrew left for work early this morning and I fell back to sleep listening to the radio. I woke up again at about 7am to the sound of Radio 4 playing David Bowie interviews and songs and talking about him in the past tense. What? He released his new album Black Star on Friday, his… Continue reading I never met him but I felt he sang to me

A few links for National Poetry Day UK

Yes, it's that's time of year again.  It's National Poetry Day in the UK.  Here are a few posts I've read this morning which you might also enjoy. A gentle, interesting, contemplative post from Anthony Wilson who seems to be countering the imperative mood of the beautifully designed slogans from this year's National Poetry Day campaign with… Continue reading A few links for National Poetry Day UK