O Autumn!

after Anthony Wilson's To Autumn   I love walking I hate leaving the house I love wearing  wellies I hate rain in my socks I love the sound of rain hitting the windows I hate rain down the back of my neck I love the thought of coming home to a warm house I hate … Continue reading O Autumn!

Three blogs I read

Most mornings I check in to the WordPress Reader and glance through blogs I'm following.  This morning, three good reads caught my eye and I'd like to share them with you.  You might already know about Anthony Wilson's blog because I have mentioned it before.  There is such a wealth of good articles there about … Continue reading Three blogs I read

A few links for National Poetry Day UK

Yes, it's that's time of year again.  It's National Poetry Day in the UK.  Here are a few posts I've read this morning which you might also enjoy. A gentle, interesting, contemplative post from Anthony Wilson who seems to be countering the imperative mood of the beautifully designed slogans from this year's National Poetry Day campaign with … Continue reading A few links for National Poetry Day UK

On not blogging and putting your poems first

I've been absent from here of late, really since I got back from my holiday in Portugal, and it's mainly because I'm trying to plough on with my poetry writing, especially as I'm taking a break from paid work.  I feel that I need to make the most of my free time as I'm never too … Continue reading On not blogging and putting your poems first

Dashing in and out of this blog

I'm typing at speed today because I'm leaving for London soon with my 16 year old daughter, Kitty, to drop her off at a friend's flat where she'll be staying next week while she's doing work experience.  I'll miss her! On Friday, I wrote and sent off a job application for a writer-in-residence post.  I doubt I'll … Continue reading Dashing in and out of this blog

On the value of blogging.

I'm gratified by the number of likes, comments and visits I received to my Not Quite a Post post!  It just goes to show that, when you've said you're on a blogging schedule (in 2014 I've been trying to post at least once a week, usually on a Sunday) it's worth plonking your bottom down … Continue reading On the value of blogging.

Lifesaving Poems Saved the Day

My month off seems like a far away country, yet it's only been 12 days since I've been back at work.  Thank goodness my job involves reading poetry, and thank goodness for Anthony Wilson's Lifesaving Poems series on his wonderful blog (soon to be made into a book by one of the UK's leading poetry … Continue reading Lifesaving Poems Saved the Day

More blogs I follow..

..that aren't expressly about reading or writing. You never know who you will meet on the internet or what will turn up when you are actually looking for something completely different.  Taking part in WordPress' Daily Prompts and Weekly Writing and Photo Challenges means that you will find sites using these hashtags and if you … Continue reading More blogs I follow..

Review of ‘Riddance’ by Anthony Wilson

Reading the poems in Anthony Wilson's Riddance I had the sensation of walking through a large house, switching on lamps and spotlights to illuminate not immediately visible nooks and crannies.  Nowhere is there one garish light explaining everything at once and, although the book is divided into five sections, I felt inclined to move freely … Continue reading Review of ‘Riddance’ by Anthony Wilson

Hey Presto! Poems have arrived in my inbox.

It's been almost two weeks since I started a separate blog for poems, 'And Other Poems'.  At first I thought this would simply be an uncluttered space for my own poems but I quickly decided that I wanted to include other people's work.  How, then, to acquire poems?  Could I just select poems that I … Continue reading Hey Presto! Poems have arrived in my inbox.