July Update

I have two new poems coming out in The North magazine, should be very soon. In the same issue, I’ve reviewed poetry collections by Maria Taylor, Katherine Stansfield and Jackie Wills. I’ve also had an acceptance for a poem in 14 magazine which will be published later this year. Many rejections which I won’t listContinue reading “July Update”

Diary Snippets, weekending 14 March, 2021

Saturday and Sunday Saturday was spent driving our son back to his student flat in London. It was the first time we’d been that way since Christmas when we picked him up to come home for the holidays. Everyone says London is much quieter because of the pandemic and of course it’s true. Both ofContinue reading “Diary Snippets, weekending 14 March, 2021”

Recent Diary Snippets

Monday and Tuesday It’s incredible to think that it is nearly one year since the first UK lockdown, when the whole of the country learned a new way of living. The weather has been gifting us with some spring-like days which I’ve really enjoyed. My son is going back to his student accommodation in LondonContinue reading “Recent Diary Snippets”

No Big Leaps in February

What a pipsqueak of a month February is. Over in the blink of an eye, or perhaps that’s just me experiencing time whizzing past as I grow older. I finished the Papatango online playwriting course at the beginning of the month. Taking part in the course enabled me to edit and finish an audio playContinue reading “No Big Leaps in February”

A quick update

I’ve been quiet on the blogging front recently.  I’ve done a few readings and events this year, all noted on my Diary/News page.  My review of Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry (Peepal Tree Press, 2018) has been published in the current issue of Under the Radar magazine.  I’m currently reading new collections published by PavilionContinue reading “A quick update”

Finding your way into a poem

It’s been really helpful to read these posts by poets writing about how they find their way into poems:  “Writing” Towards Writing by Pam Thompson and fearless creating by Julie Mellor.  As well as containing useful and practical advice, the posts are a comforting reminder that I’m not alone in finding writing hard going atContinue reading “Finding your way into a poem”

Reading, writing, planning, etc.

I haven’t written much about my everyday life recently so I thought I’d do an update. My once a week job in a school ended in July and very quickly after that I was awarded a small bursary to write new poems about the heritage, history and landscape of the area in and around Amesbury. Continue reading “Reading, writing, planning, etc.”

Poet Bloggers 2018 Revival Tour

I’m a pretty regular blogger but I have let things slip a bit recently, mostly because I’ve been busy doing other kinds of writing.  In a bid to up my game,  I’ve been kindly added to this list of poet bloggers who are trying to blog weekly in 2018. You can also add yourself toContinue reading “Poet Bloggers 2018 Revival Tour”

At the year’s halfway point

My children’s exams are over.  For my son, a season of campouts and festivals has already begun. My daughter also has exciting, if slightly less grungy, plans.  Four years worth of scrawled-on paper, deep piles of exercise books, text books, files, revision cards, notebooks, stationery, bottles of Rescue Remedy, school uniforms, pots of lunch moneyContinue reading “At the year’s halfway point”

An update of sorts

After my mammoth blogging extravaganza when I posted every day in November, I’ve been having a little rest.  It’s rather delightful!  Almost inevitably, I’ve done more poetry writing which is a good thing, I think (*peruses notebook nervously*).  I’ve also applied for a couple of jobs (and been turned down for one 😦 )  –Continue reading “An update of sorts”