Poetry and a Pint at St James Wine Vaults

I'm reading in Bath at Poetry and a Pint with Stephen Payne tomorrow, Monday 9th May 7.30pm. It would be lovely to see you there!  I met up with Stephen last week with the intention of planning what we'd read but, of course, we hardly planned anything!  We did manage to agree that we'd read one … Continue reading Poetry and a Pint at St James Wine Vaults

Slow, slow, slow-slow, slow.

Things have been quite slow in recent weeks as I've been looking after my husband, Andrew, who's recovering from surgery following his diagnosis of prostate cancer (and doing really well), plus it's been the Easter holidays for our two teenagers, always a mixture of chaotic delightfulness, late night taxi duty, complicated sleeping arrangements and noise. … Continue reading Slow, slow, slow-slow, slow.

A Self-Help Book for Poets

As I mentioned before I've been on a 'sending off poems' spree recently so I'm now enjoying a lull in activities and catching up on some reading. This book (How (Not) to Get your Poetry Published, HappenStance Press, 2016) has had me gripped for the last few days.  I bought it for several reasons: I think it will be … Continue reading A Self-Help Book for Poets

Two new reviews for ‘The Misplaced House’

Christmas arrived early for me, this week, since my poetry pamphlet 'The Misplaced House' received two favourable reviews. Claire Trévien's review is available to read at Sabotage Reviews here and Helena Nelson's review is at the newly relaunched Sphinx Reviews here. Claire is fund-raising for the widely-admired Saboteur Awards by reviewing one pamphlet a day during … Continue reading Two new reviews for ‘The Misplaced House’

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

Curl up with a poetry reading series

Just a reminder that Robert Peake's Transatlantic Poetry Reading Series is still going strong with Gerry Cambridge and David Mason reading live on air this Sunday, April 27th (8pm BST / 3pm EDT / 12pm PDT) and Agi Mishol and Marie Howe reading on Sunday, 4th May. Today, where I live in West Wiltshire, it's … Continue reading Curl up with a poetry reading series

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