Diary Snippets, weekending 14 March, 2021

The image is of various different types of flowers in a small blue and white vase

Saturday and Sunday Saturday was spent driving our son back to his student flat in London. It was the first time we'd been that way since Christmas when we picked him up to come home for the holidays. Everyone says London is much quieter because of the pandemic and of course it's true. Both of… Continue reading Diary Snippets, weekending 14 March, 2021

Recent Diary Snippets

the image is of daffodils in a vase and an avocado plant and a cup of tea on a shelf

Monday and Tuesday It's incredible to think that it is nearly one year since the first UK lockdown, when the whole of the country learned a new way of living. The weather has been gifting us with some spring-like days which I've really enjoyed. My son is going back to his student accommodation in London… Continue reading Recent Diary Snippets

No Big Leaps in February

the image is of crocuses growing on grass in a park, February 2021

What a pipsqueak of a month February is. Over in the blink of an eye, or perhaps that's just me experiencing time whizzing past as I grow older. I finished the Papatango online playwriting course at the beginning of the month. Taking part in the course enabled me to edit and finish an audio play… Continue reading No Big Leaps in February

End of *That* Year

a metallic leaf hanging from a tree with words from The Tempest engraved on it

It's not obligatory to write an end of year post, but it would feel strange to me not to pass comment on this strangest of years. My 2020 began with a week in the English Lake District, near Brotherswater, staying at Thomas Grove House and Cottage in Hartsop. I was with Jane Commane, publisher and… Continue reading End of *That* Year

A few new pieces of writing

As this strange year draws to an end (although, the end still feels like a long way off to me), I'm pleased to tell you that I have a few pieces of new writing in circulation. I've been writing poems for about ten years now, after a period of not writing at all while my… Continue reading A few new pieces of writing

Pop Art – online course with the Centre Pompidou and FutureLearn

Recently I've been dipping into FutureLearn, the online learning platform. I like the interface of FutureLearn, I find it easy to use. Most recently, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offered by the Centre Pompidou in Paris caught my eye, so I signed up. The MOOC is called Pop Art. It's not so much a… Continue reading Pop Art – online course with the Centre Pompidou and FutureLearn

Sequence of nine prose poems/collages

I've written about my sequence 'Once Upon a Lockdown' before but this is the first time I've been able to post all nine pieces together. I began this writing as a sequence of diary entries/prose poems/poems and then reworked each section into a collage using natural materials from my garden, photos from my camera roll… Continue reading Sequence of nine prose poems/collages

Ten Years of Notebooks

It's been ten years since I started writing again, after a long spell of not writing. I suppose I stopped writing because I became too busy with life events - marriage, children, moving house, working to pay the bills.  I was never properly SAD about not writing but it was wonderful when the desire and… Continue reading Ten Years of Notebooks

A quick round up of recent events

A busy November has given way to a quiet December but my growing collection of new poems is demanding attention so the blog is being neglected.  I've written about 20 new poems that I'm reasonably pleased with. Many more will likely never see in the New Year.  My editing knives have been sharpened. November began… Continue reading A quick round up of recent events

‘What Are You After?’ reviewed at Poetry Wales

A quick note to say that my poetry book What Are You After? has received a gorgeous review by Jonathan Edwards at Poetry Wales.  You can read the whole review here. Stowaway (Seren, 2018) by Richard Gwyn and Feral (Bloodaxe, 2018) by Kate Potts are also reviewed by Jonathan Edwards. It's fair to say that,… Continue reading ‘What Are You After?’ reviewed at Poetry Wales