a poem a week podcast

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

How to Make a Poem: free online course

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

One month until my book is published

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

St Gregory’s students read at Bath Festival

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.

St Gregory’s Students successful in Live Canon Poetry Competition

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 is available to pre-order from Nine Arches Press

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

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