Birdsong

In this strange time of lockdown, I'm noticing more birdsong.  Are you?  We live on the edge of a semi-rural town in West Wiltshire, near to a road but not far from deep countryside, so birds are generally forthcoming. Recently, even more so. I was trying to assemble found materials from my garden last weekend … Continue reading Birdsong

Being open to criticism

It isn't always easy to be open to criticism, in fact it's something I've learned to do over the years.  When I first started showing my writing to other people, I felt vulnerable and exposed.  Praise bolstered my confidence but criticism could really upset me and make me feel defeated, as if it wasn't worth … Continue reading Being open to criticism

It’s no joke

In this strange time of lockdown, I was excited to see that WordPress has resumed its Daily Post Writing Prompts series - inviting bloggers to respond to a writing prompt every day - and I'm going to have a go at taking part. After all, there isn't  much to be excited about these days when … Continue reading It’s no joke

Where I am

Earlier this year, or possibly last year, I cannot remember exactly, as a way of being less distracted by social media, I tried to come off Facebook but rather than deleting my account I just switched off all notifications and deleted the app from my phone.  Facebook is still a useful place to share information … Continue reading Where I am

Notes from a Cluttered Desk

Like Julie Mellor and many others in the Poetry Blogging Network, I try to put something up on this blog each week.  Like Julie, I don't always manage it but, also like Julie, I thought I'd try again this week.  I don't always have something to say so I wonder if it's worth blogging.  At … Continue reading Notes from a Cluttered Desk

A quick update

I've been quiet on the blogging front recently.  I've done a few readings and events this year, all noted on my Diary/News page.  My review of Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry (Peepal Tree Press, 2018) has been published in the current issue of Under the Radar magazine.  I'm currently reading new collections published by Pavilion … Continue reading A quick update

All quiet on the blogging front

I'm not posting here as regularly as I used to.  It's possibly because I'm using Instagram as a kind of blog, posting a picture and a little commentary over there quite frequently.  It's an extremely easy way of posting so I can see why it's become so popular.  Are you on Instagram? Give me a follow … Continue reading All quiet on the blogging front

Goodbye 2016

It's my final post of the year so a good time to say thank you for reading my blog.  I've made many friends over the five years I've been blogging, some of whom I've become friends with in real life and some of whom I feel I'm friends with, even though we've only met on … Continue reading Goodbye 2016

Wordy Wednesday – #NaBloPoMo – we did it!

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!

How to format poetry in WordPress (updated)

This is an update of my previous post about formatting poetry in WordPress because someone asked me how to format a prose poem this week and I realised I hadn't mentioned how to do that before. The two most useful poetry formatting tips I've learned are: Use 'Text' Editor rather than 'Visual' Editor. Adding the … Continue reading How to format poetry in WordPress (updated)