Weekly update from bed

I'm writing this post at 8pm on Saturday, 9th August. I'm in bed, eating an apple, there's an oversized mug of liquorice tea on the windowsill, a pile of notebooks, pens, poetry books and magazines sinking into the mattress next to me like a silent lover. Ooo-er. We're not long back from a 12 mile… Continue reading Weekly update from bed

Micropoem at Manchester Review

How lovely to find out on Thursday afternoon that my tweet-sized poem 'Picnic' has come 2nd in #micropoem14, a Twitter poetry competition run by the Centre for New Writing, and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, at the University of Manchester. To take part in this year's competition, judged by John McAuliffe, Janet Rogerson… Continue reading Micropoem at Manchester Review

Very pleased to tell you…

I'm very pleased to tell you that tall-lighthouse is going to publish a pamphlet of about twenty of my poems in late 2014. I'm still working on a title and have spent much of today sitting on my stripy rug, scribbling down ideas, as well as going for a muddy walk to help me think.… Continue reading Very pleased to tell you…

Poetry in Rabbits

My previous post -'Where are the Great Rabbit Poems?'- was a tongue-in-cheek article about the absence of rabbits and the abundance of cats on the internet but it has unearthed some wonderful rabbit poems, and one from me, which I'm sharing today. In a variety of ways, these eight poems closely observe rabbit behaviour in… Continue reading Poetry in Rabbits

WordWeavers at Trowbridge Museum – First Session

For those who couldn't make it…. A summary of what we did.  Confession: I stole the warm-up exercises from Vicki Feaver and Hugh Dunkerley who used them on a Creative Writing module at Chichester University in the early 1990s. First, a quick warm-up exercise: write, in two minutes, a list of possible uses for this object Then, write… Continue reading WordWeavers at Trowbridge Museum – First Session

I’ve started a new blog, just for poems

I thought it would be good to create a reasonably quiet, uncluttered, noise-free space for poems. The thing about writing a blog is that it's often tempting to add images, widgets, links and all sorts of stuff to make your site more interesting to visit.  But poems, in my opinion, really don't enjoy too much… Continue reading I’ve started a new blog, just for poems

Writer in School: I sat in the quiet classroom and I heard……

This was a writing workshop with 90 children, split into three mixed-age groups, half Year 6 (10 and 11 year olds) and half Year 1 (5 and 6 year olds).  The theme of the workshop was 'listening' and the children started by writing continuously for about three minutes, listing all the sounds they could hear… Continue reading Writer in School: I sat in the quiet classroom and I heard……

Writer in school: My School Jumper – a writing exercise using all five senses

June 2011 This writing exercise worked well with mixed aged children (5 and 6 year olds with 9 and 10 year olds).  Older children supported the younger ones ('Shall I start that off for you?'  'Shall I write that for you?'), younger children often had a wider variety of ideas! We started by talking about… Continue reading Writer in school: My School Jumper – a writing exercise using all five senses