A student again

After a few years of not going to any regular writing events, other than the lovely Stanza I organise here in Trowbridge, I'm taking part in the 2019/20 Poetry Business Writing School which means I'll be up in Sheffield several times a year for workshops and I've already begun reading for the course and completing … Continue reading A student again

Keeping a poetry reading journal

Dashing off a quick post to try to keep to my weekly blog plan as part of the Poet Bloggers 2018 Revival Tour.  I'm knee-deep in old notebooks this week, as I flounder inside the messy and muddy quagmire that is my poetry manuscript.  I've spent the past two days holed-up inside my house, as … Continue reading Keeping a poetry reading journal

My writer’s diary this week

I was lucky enough to read at Buzzwords in Cheltenham last Sunday night. Cheltenham is about an hour and twenty minutes away by car and Andrew, my husband, kindly offered to drive. It might sound strange, but sometimes car journeys are the only times we spend quality time together these days. Andrew tends to work … Continue reading My writer’s diary this week

Keeping a reading journal, owning a poem, crocuses

I've got into the habit of keeping a pen and notebook handy when I'm reading a book or magazine.  Sometimes I simply copy lines of poetry I like into my journal, other times I might have a go at trying to put into words what it is about a phrase or word that has hi-jacked … Continue reading Keeping a reading journal, owning a poem, crocuses

Workshop Three at Trowbridge Museum: Simon Armitage and other poets

For my final March workshop at Trowbridge Museum, on UNESCO World Poetry Day, March 21, 2012, we started by reading Paul Farley's poem 'I Ran All the Way Home' (after Joe Brainard) and used the repeated phrase "I remember" as a warm-up exercise to write memories, as detailed or as fleeting as the group wished. … Continue reading Workshop Three at Trowbridge Museum: Simon Armitage and other poets

Writing Poetry Workshops at Trowbridge Museum: Workshop One – Carol Ann Duffy and other poets, March 1st 2012

Aims of the workshop to introduce new poetry to the group to encourage new writing Participants were varied in age and experience of reading and writing poetry.  The workshops were organised around reading/ listening to a poem and then following a writing prompt loosely structured on its subject matter and/or technique. I introduced two quotes … Continue reading Writing Poetry Workshops at Trowbridge Museum: Workshop One – Carol Ann Duffy and other poets, March 1st 2012