Stephen Payne’s publication story

I wanted to share with you this great post on Fiona Moore's blog about how Stephen Payne came to publish his debut collection with HappenStance. Pattern Beyond Chance has just been published, nine years after Stephen first emailed HappenStance publisher, Helena Nelson, with a tentative enquiry about critiquing his poems. It's fascinating to read how … Continue reading Stephen Payne’s publication story

After the Aldeburgh Eight Seminar 2015

I've been back in Wiltshire for over a week, after three days at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and five days on a rural writing retreat at Bruisyard Hall in Suffolk, as one of this year's Aldeburgh Eight.  I had an amazing time, I'm so glad I applied for a place, and I'm still processing the whole … Continue reading After the Aldeburgh Eight Seminar 2015

Blogs by poets as opposed to Poetry Blogs

So many blogs, so little time. Interesting but extremely distracting.  I'm not terribly keen on personal Poetry Blogs, ie blogs containing nothing but the blogger's own work.  Perhaps it's brave to post early drafts of work on the internet - I'm certainly not brave enough to do that, in fact I struggle to show early drafts … Continue reading Blogs by poets as opposed to Poetry Blogs