Blogging, Reading and Writing, Shared Reading Groups, Writer in School, Writing, Writing in a community setting, Writing Workshops at Trowbridge Museum

On the value of blogging.

I'm gratified by the number of likes, comments and visits I received to my Not Quite a Post post!  It just goes to show that, when you've said you're on a blogging schedule (in 2014 I've been trying to post at least once a week, usually on a Sunday) it's worth plonking your bottom down… Continue reading On the value of blogging.

Reading aloud in a community setting, Weekly Photo Challenge

A small poppy

This week's photo challenge is to take a minimalist photo and this shot of my daughter holding a tiny image of a poppy reminded me of some of the WWI poetry I read with members of my read aloud, reading groups this week. A particular favourite was 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae.  One woman liked the mention… Continue reading A small poppy

Poetry, Reading aloud in a community setting, Reading and Writing Poetry, Shared Reading Groups, Weekly Update

Lifesaving Poems Saved the Day

My month off seems like a far away country, yet it's only been 12 days since I've been back at work.  Thank goodness my job involves reading poetry, and thank goodness for Anthony Wilson's Lifesaving Poems series on his wonderful blog (soon to be made into a book by one of the UK's leading poetry… Continue reading Lifesaving Poems Saved the Day

Currently reading, Reading aloud in a community setting, Shared Reading Groups

On not making assumptions about what people will enjoy reading.

One of the highlights of reading for a living is choosing which poems and stories to bring to my weekly, read aloud, shared reading groups. Whenever and whatever I’m reading at home (or on the move) my weekly groups are in my mind: will they find this story/novel extract/poem interesting? Will it get them talking?… Continue reading On not making assumptions about what people will enjoy reading.

Reading and Writing

How about reading workshops as well as writing workshops?

People keep telling me how much they enjoy coming to the Library Memory Groups I facilitate for The Reader Organisation in libraries in Wiltshire. They sound surprised, as if they didn't know or had forgotten that reading could give them pleasure. These groups are weekly, read aloud, shared reading groups for people with dementia or… Continue reading How about reading workshops as well as writing workshops?