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

My book is Half-Price in the Summer Sale

Just to let you know that Nine Arches Press is holding a Summer Sale with many books half-price or less including What Are You After? my collection of poems which was published last summer.  🙂                

Poetry Reading plus Open-Mic in Devizes, Sunday June 16

I'm reading poems from my book What Are You After?  (published 2018 by Nine Arches Press) and new poems, on Sunday, June 16th, 5-7pm in the cellar of The Vaults Alehouse.  Here is a link to my event on the festival website. There will also be an opportunity to perform your poems at the open-mic.  This… Continue reading Poetry Reading plus Open-Mic in Devizes, Sunday June 16

School for Writers with the National Literacy Trust

In November 2018, I was lucky enough to attend two days of training with the National Literacy Trust to update and improve my skills as a writing workshop facilitator in schools. The course was based in Victoria Park Primary School, an absolutely lovely school in Bristol, and facilitated by Fay and Tim from the National… Continue reading School for Writers with the National Literacy Trust

Trowbridge to Avebury on the Number 49 Bus

It's November and the weather is alternatively grey and grim or sunny and seriously cold, and the news is pretty dreadful these days, so I thought I'd cheer myself up by remembering a lovely bus journey I took on a beautiful day in October - when it was as warm as June. As part of… Continue reading Trowbridge to Avebury on the Number 49 Bus

My bags are packed for Poetry in Aldeburgh

Three years ago, I was lucky enough to be selected for the  Aldeburgh Eight Advanced Poetry Seminar, organised by the now, very sadly, discontinued Poetry Trust.  I had an amazing time as an Aldeburgh Eight Poet with a free festival pass - which, for me,  felt like being a child allowed to run amok in… Continue reading My bags are packed for Poetry in Aldeburgh