Three years of Drawing Projects UK

Artist Anita Taylor has written a terrific post at Wiltshire Council's arts blog giving some insight into the story (so far) of Drawing Projects UK which she and co-director Gary Sangster established in Trowbridge in 2015.  As a Trowbridge resident for 15 years, I absolutely love Drawing Projects UK and I can't quite believe my … Continue reading Three years of Drawing Projects UK

A student again

After a few years of not going to any regular writing events, other than the lovely Stanza I organise here in Trowbridge, I'm taking part in the 2019/20 Poetry Business Writing School which means I'll be up in Sheffield several times a year for workshops and I've already begun reading for the course and completing … Continue reading A student again

A few poetry notes

Last week I  mentioned that the Poetry Society had a callout for poems that take note, in some way, of 99 of the mostly commonly used words used in 40 years of the National Poetry Competition.  I wasn't going to write anything for this because I thought it was too much of a distraction from … Continue reading A few poetry notes

Snowed in

Goodbye, January.  You weren't that bad.... actually, you were bad but, weirdly, I still felt a tenderness towards you when I turned the page of our calendar. And just as you said goodbye and made way for  February,  you let fall a skyful of snow. which held me hostage in my house for a day … Continue reading Snowed in

Finding your way into a poem

It's been really helpful to read these posts by poets writing about how they find their way into poems:  "Writing" Towards Writing by Pam Thompson and fearless creating by Julie Mellor.  As well as containing useful and practical advice, the posts are a comforting reminder that I'm not alone in finding writing hard going at … Continue reading Finding your way into a poem

Slow January continues

There's that joke about January lasting hundreds of days and then the rest of the year whizzing by in the blink of an eye.  That's definitely what I've been experiencing.  I was just beginning to recover from my knee operation and then I somehow managed to contract viral pneumonia - so my January has definitely … Continue reading Slow January continues

A very quiet start to the year

New Year was extremely quiet - very much like Christmas.  I'm still recovering from (minor) knee surgery and 'cycling' on my static bike every most days.  At the moment, I'm listening to The Leopard described on BBC iPlayer as  "Giuseppe Di Lampedusa's gorgeous masterpiece of European political fiction, translated by Archibald Colquhoun, abridged by Sara … Continue reading A very quiet start to the year

Christmas Retreat

This Christmas has mostly been about recovering from minor arthroscopic surgery to correct a torn meniscus in my left knee.  My stitches came out on 19 December and I had hoped to do a lot of writing because, coincidentally, my husband and two grown-up children have been visiting a close family friend in Australia for … Continue reading Christmas Retreat

School for Writers with the National Literacy Trust

In November 2018, I was lucky enough to attend two days of training with the National Literacy Trust to update and improve my skills as a writing workshop facilitator in schools. The course was based in Victoria Park Primary School, an absolutely lovely school in Bristol, and facilitated by Fay and Tim from the National … Continue reading School for Writers with the National Literacy Trust

Trowbridge to Avebury on the Number 49 Bus

It's November and the weather is alternatively grey and grim or sunny and seriously cold, and the news is pretty dreadful these days, so I thought I'd cheer myself up by remembering a lovely bus journey I took on a beautiful day in October - when it was as warm as June. As part of … Continue reading Trowbridge to Avebury on the Number 49 Bus