Collages for 2021

This year, I intend to make more collages and poem collages to add to those I made in 2020, and previously, which I've shown you in several posts, such as Collage Poems (from 2017); Once Upon a Lockdown (sequence of nine prose poems/collages from 2020); Collages of Exasperation (also from 2020).  In my collage work,… Continue reading Collages for 2021

Reasons to be or not to be cheerful, or not. Or something.

an image of a tree photographed by a still canal so that the tree's reflection is clearly visible

I was going to write about what 'local' means to you, that is, ask you for your definition of the word, since one week into a UK national lockdown, there are news reports about a police force fining people for driving somewhere to exercise.  During the first lockdown, in the spring, there were reports of… Continue reading Reasons to be or not to be cheerful, or not. Or something.

Lockdown, Series Three

a picture of the side of a staircase, lit by fairylights

During the first lockdown, in the spring, I went through a phase of posting a blog every day, using the hashtag Corona Diary (when I remembered).  I think I started off with gusto and petered out a bit towards the end.  We've just entered our third national lockdown in the UK and I don't intend… Continue reading Lockdown, Series Three

National Blog Posting Month

Inspired by writer Liz Ward, I'm going to gently join in with National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) and post a blog a little more regularly during November. I love reading Liz at her blog and I also enjoyed her collection of essays which she published in 2018. One of the reasons I haven't been posting… Continue reading National Blog Posting Month

Once Upon a Lockdown Rose: collage work and hybrid writing

I wrote a hybrid piece called 'Once Upon a Lockdown' - part poem/prose/diary -  and submitted it to The Great Margin with thanks to a small commission from Paper Nations - which I've mentioned before.  'Once Upon a Lockdown' starts in March, when Boris Johnson announced there was going to be a lockdown, and roses… Continue reading Once Upon a Lockdown Rose: collage work and hybrid writing

Once upon a lockdown

Whichever way you look at it, lockdown is coming to an end in England, and gradually elsewhere in the UK, too.  Non-essential shops are open, churches are open for quiet prayer, public transport is running, roads are much, much busier, businesses are opening up although everyone is expected to keep two metres apart and wear… Continue reading Once upon a lockdown

Still here in June

Since lockdown started, and both of my children were sent home from their universities, which I wrote about here, I've had less time on my own in the house and less time to focus on my creative projects. When I wake up each morning, the first thing I do is make a mental audit of… Continue reading Still here in June

Lockdown Week 7: Quiet and Slow

Very little to write about this week.  Where I live, in West Wiltshire, there is a vague sense that something is about to change, possibly because of the government's new slogan (Stay Alert!) and ahead of Boris Johnson's broadcast to the nation tonight.  We've noticed more cars on the road and there seem to be… Continue reading Lockdown Week 7: Quiet and Slow

Lists, including wrong lists

The Discover Prompts from WordPress have stopped now.  I felt a little flurry of excited anticipation when they started up again for April but they never really lived up to my expectations, to be honest. Now they've gone, though,  I miss them a bit.  'Lists' was one of the prompts that I didn't actually write… Continue reading Lists, including wrong lists

Discover Prompts: Grateful for Rainbows in Windows

I'm grateful to the children, families and schools who've made pictures for windows and fronts of buildings as a way of saying thank you to NHS workers and frontline workers and as a means of expressing hope that things will get better.  Here is a selection of artwork I've seen as I've walked around the… Continue reading Discover Prompts: Grateful for Rainbows in Windows