Hilda Sheehan plus Open-Mic at Drawing Projects UK

Poet, editor, educator, and Director of Poetry Swindon and Swindon Poetry Festival, Hilda Sheehan will read from a selection of her published and new work at Drawing Projects UK (Bridge House - next to the train station) Trowbridge on Wednesday, 14th June, 7pm - 9pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to hear an exciting, innovative … Continue reading Hilda Sheehan plus Open-Mic at Drawing Projects UK

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?!

Happy Birthday, Hilda Sheehan

What a treat to spend some time with Hilda Sheehan today, and on her birthday, too.  Hilda has really helped me become more involved in poetry over the last few years, through her work at Bluegate Poets, Swindon, Domestic Cherry magazine,  and the Swindon Poetry Festival, of which she was this year's Director. There must be hundreds of people … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Hilda Sheehan

Swindon Poetry Festival 2014

Two days after Swindon Poetry Festival, I am still in a high and happy poetry place, and I risk losing my euphoria if I try to set down in words what it was about Swindon that I loved so much.  Luckily, there are already two brilliant posts for you to read, as Robert Peake and … Continue reading Swindon Poetry Festival 2014

Next stop Swindon Poetry Festival

Just saying hello before I head off for four days at The Swindon Poetry Festival.  I feel like someone leaving home for university, except it's a university of poetry.  Actually, knowing Hilda Sheehan who's organised the festival, it will be more like a UNIVERSE of poetry in Swindon.  I can't wait! I'm packing writing materials, … Continue reading Next stop Swindon Poetry Festival

Book Review: The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood by Hilda Sheehan

I seem to be reading more and more recently, either poems and articles online or blog posts or poetry collections and poetry magazines.  But I don't feel that I'm properly reading anything, not really absorbing the words, as if my head is just too busy and full to take very much in - and then … Continue reading Book Review: The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood by Hilda Sheehan

Chopin and Popcorn at Hilda Sheehan’s Book Launch

Here are some thumb-sized images of poets and performers at the packed-to-the-rafters launch of Hilda Sheehan's debut collection, The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood (Cultured Llama, 2013), at The Platform, Swindon, on Friday, 10th May.   Among the readers were poets Robert Vas Dias, Leland Bardwell, Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton, Martin Malone and Michael Scott. … Continue reading Chopin and Popcorn at Hilda Sheehan’s Book Launch

The Poetics of Things workshop with Robert Vas Dias

A solo parent Monday to Friday, this all-day, Saturday workshop, part of the 2012 Swindon Festival of Poetry, fitted in with my plans perfectly. As with other workshops I've been to recently, The Poetics of Things was organised by the wonderful, Swindon-based poet, Hilda Sheehan, who does so much to bring poetry to Swindon and … Continue reading The Poetics of Things workshop with Robert Vas Dias

Well, that was a first…

...or perhaps it's a sign of things to come.  I'm usually a slow, slow writer (took me FIVE YEARS to finish 'Honeymoon',  a runner-up at Bridport in 2010 - I've written about that here) but this week I've dashed off two new poems, both inspired by these quick-as-a-flash poetry projects on the internet: The Queen … Continue reading Well, that was a first…