Diary Snippets, weekending 14 March, 2021

The image is of various different types of flowers in a small blue and white vase

Saturday and Sunday Saturday was spent driving our son back to his student flat in London. It was the first time we'd been that way since Christmas when we picked him up to come home for the holidays. Everyone says London is much quieter because of the pandemic and of course it's true. Both of… Continue reading Diary Snippets, weekending 14 March, 2021

Recent Diary Snippets

the image is of daffodils in a vase and an avocado plant and a cup of tea on a shelf

Monday and Tuesday It's incredible to think that it is nearly one year since the first UK lockdown, when the whole of the country learned a new way of living. The weather has been gifting us with some spring-like days which I've really enjoyed. My son is going back to his student accommodation in London… Continue reading Recent Diary Snippets

No Big Leaps in February

the image is of crocuses growing on grass in a park, February 2021

What a pipsqueak of a month February is. Over in the blink of an eye, or perhaps that's just me experiencing time whizzing past as I grow older. I finished the Papatango online playwriting course at the beginning of the month. Taking part in the course enabled me to edit and finish an audio play… Continue reading No Big Leaps in February

DIY Poetry Writing Workshops

The image is of a table that has books and notebooks on it. It is by a small window and there are drawings on the adjacent white walls.

In 2017 - 2018 I had a lovely time working in a secondary school in Bath one day work, employed as a Writer in Residence. I used this blog as a notebook to document the workshops, so I thought I'd link to a few of the posts I wrote, for anyone who might find them… Continue reading DIY Poetry Writing Workshops

January 2021 at And Other Poems

the image is of a bench on sparse land in the middle of winter

Jessica Mookherjee began the new year at And Other Poems with two poems offering glimpses of the end of the world, and dreams of the moon singing Indian lullabies on the pier at Mumbles Head.   Eve Ellis, meanwhile, gave us a prose poem about watching a film on TV, maybe a real film or… Continue reading January 2021 at And Other Poems

Two Chopsticks and a Pencil for the Hyacinths

The image is of a bowl of three blooming hyacinths, supported by chopsticks, a pencil, and string.

A lovely neighbour brought over the gift of a bowl of hyacinths when the year was brand new, and now, in the very last weekend of January, three pale yellow flowers have bloomed gloriously and our hallway is filled with a sweet and spicy scent that we have grown to appreciate (we weren't sure, at… Continue reading Two Chopsticks and a Pencil for the Hyacinths

Falling Hyacinths and It’s Still January

the image shows two hyacinth bulbs tied with string to keep them upright

So here I am at the end of another week.  Here we are.  I said to Andrew (my husband) that it feels like such a long time since we've seen our daughter and we were astonished to discover, when we looked at the calendar, that's it's only been three weeks since she went back to… Continue reading Falling Hyacinths and It’s Still January

Collages for 2021

This year, I intend to make more collages and poem collages to add to those I made in 2020, and previously, which I've shown you in several posts, such as Collage Poems (from 2017); Once Upon a Lockdown (sequence of nine prose poems/collages from 2020); Collages of Exasperation (also from 2020).  In my collage work,… Continue reading Collages for 2021

December 2020 at And Other Poems

a metallic leaf hanging from a tree with words from The Tempest engraved on it

I opened submissions at my poetry site And Other Poems in November, after a break of 20 months.  Over 700 poems arrived and I've been posting selected poems ever since.  I wrote about November poems here, and this post includes links to all of the poems posted in December, and some snippets. I hope you… Continue reading December 2020 at And Other Poems

Reasons to be or not to be cheerful, or not. Or something.

an image of a tree photographed by a still canal so that the tree's reflection is clearly visible

I was going to write about what 'local' means to you, that is, ask you for your definition of the word, since one week into a UK national lockdown, there are news reports about a police force fining people for driving somewhere to exercise.  During the first lockdown, in the spring, there were reports of… Continue reading Reasons to be or not to be cheerful, or not. Or something.