Thoughts about workshopping poems

As I've mentioned before, I've been selected to take part in this year's Aldeburgh Eight Advanced Seminar. In just over two weeks I'll head off for three days at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, followed by five days living at Bruisyard Hall with the other seven people in my seminar group and our two tutors, Peter Sansom … Continue reading Thoughts about workshopping poems

It’s still January?!

Not once have I mistakenly written "2014" - it's as if it's always been 2015 and always January, the month that every year, to me, seems the l-o--o--o-ongest.  My write-for-an-hour-a-day-with-the-internet-turned-off pledge has mostly been observed, resulting in three new poems and an old one revised.  Four poems are out for consideration. I've done two poetry readings, … Continue reading It’s still January?!

The Page as Open Field with Carrie Etter

A post about another enjoyable and interesting poetry workshop devised and delivered by Carrie Etter, made possible by Hilda Sheehan and Bluegate Poets, at The Richard Jeffries Musuem, near Swindon. In The Page as Open Field we read and discussed six poems which use the page in a non-linear, unconventional way, with text not necessarily … Continue reading The Page as Open Field with Carrie Etter

Publishing Your Poetry Seminar with Carrie Etter

A few weeks ago I took part in this practical and informative seminar and workshop run by Carrie Etter. This was a really useful and productive morning crammed with advice about how, where and when to submit my work.  One particularly helpful exercise was for each participant to analyse a poetry magazine, answering set questions … Continue reading Publishing Your Poetry Seminar with Carrie Etter

Introduction to Prose Poetry Seminar with Carrie Etter

Had a brilliant time recently at Carrie Etter's Introduction to Prose Poetry Seminar at the Richard Jefferies Museum, Coate, Swindon.  What a fabulous setting for a writing event; atmospheric and quirky, with plenty of outside space to loiter in with a cup of tea and a notebook.  I'm really looking forward to attending more of … Continue reading Introduction to Prose Poetry Seminar with Carrie Etter