Lunar Poetry Podcasts

There's an excellent interview with poet and editor Rishi Dastidar at Lunar Poetry.  Rishi talks about his approach to putting together his debut poetry collection Ticker-Tape (Nine Arches, 2017) and explains how he first approached Jane Commane at Nine Arches, as well as his method of editing and ordering the poems.  He also chats about … Continue reading Lunar Poetry Podcasts

UK online poetry journals now eligible to submit to Forward Prize

The Forward Arts Foundation, sponsors of The Forward Prizes for Poetry, has announced that this year, for the first time, online journals based in the UK and Ireland are permitted to nominate up to two poems from their sites for consideration in the Prize for Best Single Poem. There are further guidelines for eligibility, available here, … Continue reading UK online poetry journals now eligible to submit to Forward Prize

Three years of ‘And Other Poems’.

My poetry site And Other Poems turned three years old in August.  What started as an uncluttered  place for my own poems has grown into an online anthology of over 350 poems by more than 250 poets, archived at The British Library, and viewed more than 125,000 times.  In September 2015, my post 'Three poems by Tania Hershman' was … Continue reading Three years of ‘And Other Poems’.

How to format poetry in WordPress

First things first, I want you to know that this is a very basic 'How To' post but it might just be exactly what you need. I'm writing it because every few weeks I meet someone who wants to post poetry on their site but is frustrated because they can't produce the layout they want in … Continue reading How to format poetry in WordPress

Writing an author bio that won’t date (much).

If you're sending out your poetry or short fiction for publication in a magazine, online or in print, you'll want to include a short, third person biography with your submission.  Not only is this a professional approach, it also shows consideration to the editor/s since not chasing you for the information will be one less administrative task … Continue reading Writing an author bio that won’t date (much).

A busy few weeks

If this blog was a room in your house, I'd be rushing into it, refusing your offer of a cup of tea, calling my news over my shoulder and rushing out again.  Various events have made my life busy recently, not least my teenage daughter finishing her GCSE exams, attending her Year 11 Prom (when … Continue reading A busy few weeks

Low Blogging Energy, High Writing Energy!

Is this a thing?  I think I'm experiencing it!  I'm ploughing through my unfinished poems and despatching them to magazines at rates previously unknown to me.  I have eight poems out with four different magazines.  As most magazines take between 4 - 8 months to respond to submissions, I've decided to send them in twos … Continue reading Low Blogging Energy, High Writing Energy!

Someone in the future is waiting for your post

Archiving your blog or website at The British Library As out-of-the-blue messages go, the email I received last week from The British Library, requesting permission to archive my poetry site, And Other Poems, was one of the most unexpected: Dear Sir/Madam The British Library would like to archive your website in the UK Web Archive. The … Continue reading Someone in the future is waiting for your post

My birthday week with a pamphlet launch thrown in

In between present-buying and present-wrapping, Christmas tree-watering, bauble re-arranging, household chores, working for The Reader Organisation, driving to hospitals (for my husband, Andrew, nine weeks in to a snapped Achilles' tendon injury) and driving down Wiltshire lanes at midnight (to pick up my teenage daughter from another Christmassy party), I've launched 'The Misplaced House', my … Continue reading My birthday week with a pamphlet launch thrown in

Weekly update from bed

I'm writing this post at 8pm on Saturday, 9th August. I'm in bed, eating an apple, there's an oversized mug of liquorice tea on the windowsill, a pile of notebooks, pens, poetry books and magazines sinking into the mattress next to me like a silent lover. Ooo-er. We're not long back from a 12 mile … Continue reading Weekly update from bed