Using Rebecca Perry’s ‘Wasp’ and Brian McCabe’s ‘Seagull’ in a poetry workshop — #writerinschool

I'm back at St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath, for my final term as Writer in Residence and I thought I'd mention two poems which students have particularly enjoyed. Both are about creatures  - one about a wasp, and one about seagulls.  The students loved reading the poems and they've written brilliant poems in response.    … Continue reading Using Rebecca Perry’s ‘Wasp’ and Brian McCabe’s ‘Seagull’ in a poetry workshop — #writerinschool

My book cover

My poetry book What Are You After? is now available to pre-order direct from Nine Arches Press. I thought I'd share my new book cover with you and tell you something about how it came about.  It features a painting 'Transient II' by my friend and artist Mary Petrovska.  Mary is one of the first … Continue reading My book cover

Trowbridge Stanza – Guest Poets and Open-Mic April 7

I organise a Poetry Society Stanza which meets every month (first Saturday of each month, 2-4pm) at Drawing Projects UK, Bridge House, Trowbridge. Join us on April 7th to hear two wonderful poets read, and bring some poems for the open-mic.  Everyone welcome.  This event was originally planned for March but had to be re-scheduled … Continue reading Trowbridge Stanza – Guest Poets and Open-Mic April 7

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

The end of another term of writing at St Gregory’s

I can hardly believe that after Easter, I'll be starting my final term as Writer in Residence at St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath.  The time has whizzed by.  This term, as well as reading and writing poetry, students have written crime fiction, particularly looking at very short stories (flash fiction).  We received the good news … Continue reading The end of another term of writing at St Gregory’s

Enter the National Poetry Library’s Instapoetry Competition

There's still time to send in a poem or poem film to the National Poetry Library's Instagram Poetry Competition.  Deadline is Wednesday, 21 March. The National Poetry Library is asking poets and Instagrammers alike to share their work on Instagram, by tagging the library @nationalpoetrylibrary and using the hashtag #instapoetrylib. We are also looking for short … Continue reading Enter the National Poetry Library’s Instapoetry Competition

My short story ‘Algebra’ on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Last year, out of the blue, I received an email from the BBC’s Rights, Legal and Business Affairs department to ask permission to repeat my radio work, a play and a short story, on BBC Radio 4 Extra.  Naturally I said yes!  My play The Songs that Houses Sing was broadcast on February 13 and … Continue reading My short story ‘Algebra’ on BBC Radio 4 Extra

The Songs that Houses Sing on BBC Radio 4 Extra

My radio play The Songs that Houses Sing has been repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra and is available on iPlayer for two more days. The play, first broadcast in 2000, stars Mia Soteriou as Alice,  Allison Pettitt as Iris, Paul Copley as Gus, Sarah Rice as Phillippa, and Joshua Towb as John. The play is … Continue reading The Songs that Houses Sing on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Trowbridge named in up and coming places list

You might remember that I wrote about the potential of Trowbridge, the town that has been my home for the past 15 years, and a place which is sometimes maligned by thoughtless people.  It's true that Trowbridge is a work in progress with huge room for improvement, but it's also a place with huge potential, … Continue reading Trowbridge named in up and coming places list

Wordplay: A Poetry Broadcast from Visual Radio Arts, Frome

On Saturday I was one of four poets invited to read some poems to camera at Visual Radio Arts in Frome, Somerset.  Our reading was streamed to Facebook and is available to watch below.  The four poets are Dawn Gorman, Jennie Gilling, Louise Green and me, and the broadcast was hosted by Crysse Morrison. Visual … Continue reading Wordplay: A Poetry Broadcast from Visual Radio Arts, Frome