If we were having coffee, I'd tell you I've been in London for a few days, with my teenage children (hardly children any more but that's for another post) seeing family (lots of family) and two very good, longtime friends. I'd tell you the weather was warm, sunny even, actually hot, and I wore dresses … Continue reading #WeekendCoffeeShare: In which I’m not going on holiday
There have been a lot of lovely things going on in the UK poetry world recently, including festivals in Birmingham and in Scotland, and a writing retreat in Cornwall, and they've all gone on without me, although I've enjoyed reading about them and seeing pictures on social media. I would have gone to all of … Continue reading Mostly waiting
This week has mostly been about me being ill - not seriously ill, just an annoying cold with horrible flu-type symptoms; feverish, aching limbs, bad headache. Unfortunately I had to cancel our Poetry Society Stanza meeting at Trowbridge Town Hall and I was really sorry about that. I felt that I might be contagious so … Continue reading In which I entertain a charming visitor
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
On the poetry trail this week, I've been in search of some more participants for my poetry workshops which start on Tuesday, 20th September. Numbers are going to be low (unless there's a last minute rush) but, rather than cancel, Town Hall Arts is supporting my classes and I'm really looking forward to getting to know … Continue reading Life on a (mostly) unfunded Poetry Trail
I'm typing at speed today because I'm leaving for London soon with my 16 year old daughter, Kitty, to drop her off at a friend's flat where she'll be staying next week while she's doing work experience. I'll miss her! On Friday, I wrote and sent off a job application for a writer-in-residence post. I doubt I'll … Continue reading Dashing in and out of this blog
On the one hand the cliché of that title, on the other hand the article is off and running and you're reading it (thank you, by the way). On the one hand I will miss the friends I've made during the last 18 months when I've been reading aloud every week with people living with … Continue reading This Writer’s Life
Is this a thing? I think I'm experiencing it! I'm ploughing through my unfinished poems and despatching them to magazines at rates previously unknown to me. I have eight poems out with four different magazines. As most magazines take between 4 - 8 months to respond to submissions, I've decided to send them in twos … Continue reading Low Blogging Energy, High Writing Energy!
I don't feel I've written properly in this blog for a while even though it was my aim, this year, to post here once a week. I've sometimes resorted to using the Weekly Photo Challenge as a prompt and it's been lovely to connect with other bloggers this way. I might never have written about … Continue reading October update
It's been two weeks since I switched off my work emails and mobile phone and promised myself I'd focus on my forthcoming poetry pamphlet. I started the holiday in de-cluttering mode, paying particular attention to the oceans of multiple drafts of poems swimming through my house. I know that some poets never throw any of their … Continue reading Writing in between catching up with family.