July Update

The image is of oxeye daisies photocopied and painted by Josephine Corcoran, with the words 'Grow Wild' added

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 list… Continue reading July Update

This Writer’s Life

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

Writing in between catching up with family.

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.

Work/Life/Writing Balance and a Book at Breakfast

It's been ten days of highs and lows since I took a new, part-time job with The Reader Organisation.  Probably the lowest hours were the five and a half spent travelling up to Liverpool on three, packed, over-heated trains, last Sunday afternoon and early evening.  The purpose of the journey was so I could spend… Continue reading Work/Life/Writing Balance and a Book at Breakfast