Updates to my ‘about me’ page

I’ve recently made a few changes to this website/blog, including changing the site’s WordPress theme and updating my ‘About/Contact’ page. Like other WordPress users, I’ve found some of the recent technical changes to WordPress difficult to navigate and I’ve considered switching to a different platform (maybe Substack? Are any of you using that?). But, forContinue reading “Updates to my ‘about me’ page”

New poems, reviews and visual pieces

I have two new poems, ‘To Love One Another’ and ‘True Crime’ in The North magazine, Issue 66, (the ‘Apart Together’ issue) available to pre-order here. In the same publication, I’ve reviewed new poetry collections by Katherine Stansfield (Seren Books), Maria Taylor (Nine Arches Press) and Jackie Wills (Arc Poetry). I’m continuing to post newContinue reading “New poems, reviews and visual pieces”

July Update

I have two new poems coming out in The North magazine, should be very soon. In the same issue, I’ve reviewed poetry collections by Maria Taylor, Katherine Stansfield and Jackie Wills. I’ve also had an acceptance for a poem in 14 magazine which will be published later this year. Many rejections which I won’t listContinue reading “July Update”

End of month blog and some wildflower poems

An end of month blog just to say hello. I’m not blogging much at all but quite often posting a picture or two on Instagram – which I think of as a micro blogging site. I have a pamphlet of poems without a publisher – that is, I haven’t found a publisher who wants theContinue reading “End of month blog and some wildflower poems”

News/No News in April

I’ve fallen off the blogging bus and I’m struggling to climb back on. I’m not sure why because it isn’t travelling very fast. Perhaps it’s my dodgy knee/s. Anyway – Hello! – even if it’s already May. I’m fully recovered from my first Covid-19 jab (Oxford AstraZeneca) and waiting for a date for my second.Continue reading “News/No News in April”

Diary Snippets, weekending 14 March, 2021

Saturday and Sunday Saturday was spent driving our son back to his student flat in London. It was the first time we’d been that way since Christmas when we picked him up to come home for the holidays. Everyone says London is much quieter because of the pandemic and of course it’s true. Both ofContinue reading “Diary Snippets, weekending 14 March, 2021”

Recent Diary Snippets

Monday and Tuesday It’s incredible to think that it is nearly one year since the first UK lockdown, when the whole of the country learned a new way of living. The weather has been gifting us with some spring-like days which I’ve really enjoyed. My son is going back to his student accommodation in LondonContinue reading “Recent Diary Snippets”

No Big Leaps in February

What a pipsqueak of a month February is. Over in the blink of an eye, or perhaps that’s just me experiencing time whizzing past as I grow older. I finished the Papatango online playwriting course at the beginning of the month. Taking part in the course enabled me to edit and finish an audio playContinue reading “No Big Leaps in February”

Two Chopsticks and a Pencil for the Hyacinths

A lovely neighbour brought over the gift of a bowl of hyacinths when the year was brand new, and now, in the very last weekend of January, three pale yellow flowers have bloomed gloriously and our hallway is filled with a sweet and spicy scent that we have grown to appreciate (we weren’t sure, atContinue reading “Two Chopsticks and a Pencil for the Hyacinths”

Falling Hyacinths and It’s Still January

So here I am at the end of another week.  Here we are.  I said to Andrew (my husband) that it feels like such a long time since we’ve seen our daughter and we were astonished to discover, when we looked at the calendar, that’s it’s only been three weeks since she went back toContinue reading “Falling Hyacinths and It’s Still January”