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?) that … Continue 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 from … Continue 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 slow … Continue 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 opportunity … Continue reading Poetry from Art workshop at Drawing Projects UK
Leafing through the jottings in my Winchester Poetry Festival notebook, I see that I wrote down some of the comments Sinéad Morrissey made, before she read amazing poems, all new work, from her next collection (out in 2017). "We're in a toxic revolution," the poet said, referring to the Northern Ireland Department of Arts and Culture being replaced by … Continue reading Home thoughts about Winchester Poetry Festival
Talking to people after the festival, many have mentioned the Sunday readings by Inua Ellams, Sarah Howe and Kei Miller as one of their highlights. These three major poets are all associated with The Complete Works, a national development programme for advanced Black and Asian poets. Who could have failed to be blown away by Inua … Continue reading The Complete Works at Winchester Poetry Festival
There have been so many outstanding readings at the festival, it would take me until the end of the year to tell you about them in detail. I'll write some more when I'm back at home but for now, here are some things poets have said which I've liked enough to record in my notebook. I … Continue reading Winchester Poetry Festival: Photos and snippets
Day Two of Winchester Poetry Festival started in the Children's Library at Winchester Discovery Centre. MPT Editor Sasha Dugdale and Access consultant Shelley Boden ran a session which introduced children to poetry (for children) in translation, "Poems from different countries can tell you things in a different way," Sasha told the young participants. "When you read … Continue reading Winchester Poetry Festival Diary: What isn’t translation?
Kim Moore, Ian Duhig and Sophie Hannah gave wonderful readings on the opening night of the festival. It really is a pleasure to hear poems you think you know quite well read aloud. Even if you've read them many times in magazines, websites, in collections and at award evenings, something surprising and new often turns … Continue reading Winchester Poetry Festival Diary: Day One (Part Two).