In which I entertain a charming visitor

This week has mostly been about me being ill - not seriously ill, just an annoying cold with horrible flu-type symptoms; feverish, aching limbs, bad headache.  Unfortunately I had to cancel our Poetry Society Stanza meeting at Trowbridge Town Hall and I was really sorry about that.  I felt that I might be contagious so… Continue reading In which I entertain a charming visitor

So, I’ll say, let’s have coffee

So, I'll say, let's have coffee and we'll go to a small café on a side-street in Italy or Spain or Portugal or France, somewhere far enough south that even in December we'll sit at an outside table in our coats and catch a little sunshine.  I'll order an espresso and I'll be wearing a beautifully tailored… Continue reading So, I’ll say, let’s have coffee

If we were having coffee…… #weekendcoffeeshare 26 November 2016

If we were having coffee it would almost definitely be tea and I'd tell you that I feel an urge to tie up loose ends.  What I mean is, I have an itch to finish projects, tidy things up, file papers, make decisions, clear my desk.  Is it because it's almost the end of another… Continue reading If we were having coffee…… #weekendcoffeeshare 26 November 2016

O Autumn!

after Anthony Wilson's To Autumn   I love walking I hate leaving the house I love wearing  wellies I hate rain in my socks I love the sound of rain hitting the windows I hate rain down the back of my neck I love the thought of coming home to a warm house I hate… Continue reading O Autumn!

My favourite pen and notebook

For years my favourite rollerball pen has been the Mitsubishi Vision Elite and it still holds a very dear place in my heart. Recently, however, I've been enticed by the fine-nibbed charms of the Mitsubishi Eye Needle.  I think Andrew brought one home from work and I liked it so much I bought a pack… Continue reading My favourite pen and notebook

National Poetry Day at Trowbridge Town Hall

Trowbridge Town Hall was awash with poets and artists on National Poetry Day, October 6 2016.  Ten local schools each sent small groups of children and a member of staff to take part in my poetry and art workshops which I ran with artist Ben Midgley.  In addition, poets from Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza group took part,… Continue reading National Poetry Day at Trowbridge Town Hall

Life on a (mostly) unfunded Poetry Trail

On the poetry trail this week, I've been in search of some more participants for my poetry workshops which start on Tuesday, 20th September.  Numbers are going to be low (unless there's a last minute rush) but, rather than cancel, Town Hall Arts is supporting my classes and I'm really looking forward to getting to know… Continue reading Life on a (mostly) unfunded Poetry Trail

Back to school musings

Our house has been re-arranging itself this week after a summer of pyjama mornings and staying up too late nights.  Half of its occupants have set their alarm clocks, buttoned themselves back into school uniforms, shouted goodbye at a quarter to nine and left behind a trail of cereal dishes and the fading beat of… Continue reading Back to school musings

Are you making writing plans for the summer?

One of the interesting things about writing a blog is that you notice when certain posts are hitting the big time in the stats department.  Some posts are forever ignored by readers but, for the last month or so, a post I wrote last July 'What are your writing plans for the summer?' has been… Continue reading Are you making writing plans for the summer?

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?