I absolutely loved my day at Winchester Poetry Festival on Saturday, 13th September. I snapped photos and tweeted, encouraged by the organisers’ requests to audiences to help spread the word about this inaugural festival. But, as Michael Longley said before his stunning reading to a packed auditorium on Saturday evening, “I knew this was going to be a … Continue reading Saturday at Winchester Poetry Festival 2014
Ahead of Winchester Poetry Festival which runs from Friday 7 October to Sunday 9 October, and because I’m teaching some poetry workshops for children at Trowbridge Town Hall on National Poetry Day (October 6), I’ve been re-reading a 2015 issue of Modern Poetry in Translation magazine which had a focus on children’s poetry in translation. … Continue reading Thinking about Children’s Poetry
Judge of the Winchester Poetry Prize Mimi Khalvati has selected a longlist of 22 poems which has been published on Winchester Poetry Festival’s website. The winners will be announced at a special prize-giving event at the festival on Sunday 9 October 2016. Tickets for this event are free and can be booked via the Winchester Discovery … Continue reading Winchester Poetry Prize – Longlist announced
The deadline for the competition is midnight on Sunday, 31 July so you have just under three weeks to send in your poems. This is a fantastic opportunity to win a generous cash prize, read at a special prize-giving event at Winchester Poetry Festival on Sunday 9 October 2016, and be published in a competition anthology to … Continue reading Winchester Poetry Prize: Send in your poems!
On Saturday, 23 April I spent the afternoon at Winchester Discovery Centre which is where most of the events for Winchester Poetry Festival will take place in October. The Festival hosted ‘All Day Sonnets,’ a marathon sonnet reading from 10am until 5pm, open to anyone who signed up beforehand to read one of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, on … Continue reading All Day Sonnets in Winchester
A few acceptances recently, which are always pleasing (I won’t bore you with the rejections). Poetry Wales got in touch to say they’ve held on to two poems to publish in their summer issue (I had thought they’d be in the current issue). That’s fine by me, as long as they’re still publishing them. (I would be … Continue reading Poetry News
I haven’t been to that many (Swindon, Reading, Winchester, Aldeburgh, to be exact) but, so far, I’ve enjoyed all of them. Hearing poets read their own work reminds me of hearing my favourite tunes at a live concert. The anecdotes you hear between poems are also, usually, very interesting and entertaining and often offer insights into … Continue reading In praise of poetry festivals
Well, friends, we’ve made it. Thank you so much for being with me on this blogging extravaganza of thirty whole days! And doesn’t the world look different today? As I look out at our frosty garden, I can hardly believe that it’s only been one month since my husband, Andrew, and our son were in … Continue reading Wordy Wednesday – #NaBloPoMo – we did it!
I’m struggling to keep going with a blog a day…. but here I am. After the election of Donald Trump in the US and the EU referendum result in the UK, and with the rise of the far-Right in mainland Europe, not to mention the continued oppression of so many of the world’s people in … Continue reading The miracle of keeping going
There’s been a two-week break from the poetry classes I taught at Trowbridge Town Hall so I’ve been on half-term. This is the first time poetry has been on offer at the Town Hall – scriptwriting classes were available last year and there have been, and still are, drawing classes on the programme. My classes have … Continue reading What I did over Half-Term