A new poem ‘Self-Portrait as a Green Silk Dress’ has been accepted by 14 magazine (Vanguard Editions) and will be published in their next issue, now available to order. My thanks to editor Richard Skinner. Here is an image of the dress that inspired the poem:
I’ve used this blog before as a place to record workshop ideas, so I’m adding a post about some visual poems I’ve made as they would also work very well in a workshop. Here I’ve substituted flowers for syllables, words and rhymes in a few poetic forms (haiku, couplet, quatrain, end rhyme) but any foundContinue reading “Making visual poems with flowers”
My poem ‘A Baby Speaks on his Birthday in an Autumn Garden, 2020’ has been longlisted in this year’s Live Canon International Poetry Competition and will be published in their annual anthology. My thanks to the competition organisers, everyone at Live Canon and judge Jennifer Wong. More details and the full longlist available here.
For the August meeting of our poetry group, on August 3rd (2-4pm), Trowbridge Stanza is hosting an informal, fun, informative and enjoyable workshop about the pantoum. We’ll read pantoums, write our own, either individually or in collaboration, or both, and hold a low-key, encouraging and friendly performance at the end of the afternoon. Everyone isContinue reading “Pantoum Workshop! August 3 in Trowbridge”
Perhaps you already know about the following but in case you don’t: Places of Poetry is open to everyone. It’s an online place, a map of England and Wales, for you to pin your poem about place, on the place it’s about. Read more about what the project is about here. I know that aContinue reading “Some things you might like”
This week the shortlist for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry was announced and – for the first time ever – one of the books I nominated for this prize has been selected. I think it’s a strong list and I can’t think of any other recent poetry award (can you?) thatContinue reading “My poetry week”
Last week I mentioned that the Poetry Society had a callout for poems that take note, in some way, of 99 of the mostly commonly used words used in 40 years of the National Poetry Competition. I wasn’t going to write anything for this because I thought it was too much of a distraction fromContinue reading “A few poetry notes”
Please let me know if you would like to buy one of the remaining copies of my poetry pamphlet The Misplaced House published by tall-lighthouse in November 2014. If you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, I will send you a PayPal invoice by return. The price is £5 which includes P&P (UK only).
I’m not really taking part in #NaPoWriMo this year although I do feel steeped in poetry. I have attempted to write (or at least start) a poem a day in the past and found it fun and exhilarating. I promised to review some poetry books for a magazine so I’ve been reading those and making slowContinue reading “A quick update during National Poetry Month”
Poetry from Art workshop with Josephine Corcoran. Write new poems in response to an exhibition of Anita Taylor‘s drawings. Saturday 21 January 2017. 10am – 1pm. Drawing Projects UK, Bridge House, Trowbridge. £15. Limited places. Please book your place – you can book online or in person at Drawing Projects UK. This is an exciting opportunityContinue reading “Poetry from Art workshop at Drawing Projects UK”