Huge thanks to the editors of the website Bookanista for featuring a poem from my book What Are You After? You can read 'Love in the time of hospital visits' a love poem for my husband, Andrew, and for the NHS, here.
I wanted to write a few posts before my residency at St Gregory's Catholic College ends, especially mentioning poems that prompted a lot of animated discussion and produced some exciting creative writing from school students. 'Other Clouds' by Rebecca Perry from her collection Beauty/Beauty (Bloodaxe, 2015) and 'what my mother (a poet) might say' by Mary … Continue reading Poems that find a way to say what isn’t said #writerinschool
Here is a lovely blog by Jayne Stanton about my launch on Saturday and about Nine Arches Press' 10th Birthday Party. A huge thank you to everyone who came to hear me read and helped to celebrate ten years of a wonderful independent press. A reminder that there is free postage on all books at … Continue reading My book is published
It's taken a few years (more like a decade); a lot of poetry submissions, acceptances and rejections; emails, phone calls, meetings; cartridge ink and printer paper; eyestrain, caffeine and the odd glass of wine, swear word, and grey hair (many of these) - but my debut full poetry collection What Are You After? is now … Continue reading Publication Day for my book
I'm very pleased to be featured on Lizzy Turner's 'a poem a week' podcast reading my poem 'History Lesson' from my new book What Are You After? You can hear me reading here. This poem was inspired by the many events staged to mark the centenary of the start of World War I and was … Continue reading a poem a week podcast
A super-quick post to say that I'm enjoying this course, How To Make A Poem, provided by the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University via FutureLearn. Helen Mort, Michael Symmons Roberts and Martin Kratz are the main educators - they feature in videos and in written materials. Here is some blurb from the site about what … Continue reading How to Make a Poem: free online course
My poetry book is being published this year, did I mention that? (of course I'm joking - I know I've mentioned it here, here, and here - and possibly a few more places as well). I don't tend to think of myself as a last minute kind of person but I am still tinkering with … Continue reading One month until my book is published
I am so proud of the young poets who took to the stage to read their work on the outdoor stage in busy Southgate, Bath, on Saturday, 19th May for Bath Festival. There is a lovely write-up and a few pictures on the school blog.
I had a splendidly happy day at The Greenwich Theatre in London last Saturday for the Live Canon Children's Poetry Competition Prize Giving Show. I went up on the train from Wiltshire with one of my great-nieces, Hannah. When we arrived, the theatre foyer was awash with Haiku Balloons, cartons of fruit juice, a poetry … Continue reading St Gregory’s Students successful in Live Canon Poetry Competition
My book What Are You After? is now available to buy direct from Nine Arches Press. I am very happy to have received wonderful endorsements from two poets whose work I admire enormously. Rebecca Goss says of my collection: Josephine Corcoran’s fine debut reflects upon the personal and political with imaginative flair. A poet who … Continue reading My book is available to pre-order from Nine Arches Press