Being open to criticism

It isn't always easy to be open to criticism, in fact it's something I've learned to do over the years.  When I first started showing my writing to other people, I felt vulnerable and exposed.  Praise bolstered my confidence but criticism could really upset me and make me feel defeated, as if it wasn't worth … Continue reading Being open to criticism

Ten Years of Notebooks

It's been ten years since I started writing again, after a long spell of not writing. I suppose I stopped writing because I became too busy with life events - marriage, children, moving house, working to pay the bills.  I was never properly SAD about not writing but it was wonderful when the desire and … Continue reading Ten Years of Notebooks

Belatedly, Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all.  A very low-key New Year's Eve for me, a tiny amount of alcohol drunk, some good food, perfect company in the form of my husband, A., and - for him - a lot of taxi driving for our two young adult children who he ferried around through the night … Continue reading Belatedly, Happy New Year

Notes from a Cluttered Desk

Like Julie Mellor and many others in the Poetry Blogging Network, I try to put something up on this blog each week.  Like Julie, I don't always manage it but, also like Julie, I thought I'd try again this week.  I don't always have something to say so I wonder if it's worth blogging.  At … Continue reading Notes from a Cluttered Desk

Mid-September Notes

I'm just back from a few days in Spain with my family.  I felt bad about flying, even though I haven't flown since I went to Portugal in 2015.  I will try not to fly again for at least a year, maybe longer.  I haven't signed up for the #flightfree2020 pledge but I am thinking … Continue reading Mid-September Notes

The gift of an empty house

Sometimes it's sad when everyone leaves but sometimes it's just what you need.  It's not always possible to go away to write, on a course or retreat or holiday.  Even if you can afford it, even if it's free or subsidised, it's just not always possible - for many reasons, commitments, time or ability constraints … Continue reading The gift of an empty house

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 Pavilion … Continue reading A quick update

Slow January continues

There's that joke about January lasting hundreds of days and then the rest of the year whizzing by in the blink of an eye.  That's definitely what I've been experiencing.  I was just beginning to recover from my knee operation and then I somehow managed to contract viral pneumonia - so my January has definitely … Continue reading Slow January continues

End of the month blog

Rattling off a post before March ends.  I've worked hard on my poetry manuscript since I last mentioned it on this blog.  Now for the final stages of editing, tweaking, rearranging lines, titles, and order with my editor, Jane Commane at Nine Arches Press.  What have I learned from writing a full collection of poetry?  Mostly, … Continue reading End of the month blog

In which I send off a poem 

This week, I've spent a lot of time working on one poem for a competition.  I sent it off yesterday, Saturday, one day before the deadline. I don't know what's made me enter more competitions this year, it's not something I've ever done excessively, preferring instead to send my poems to magazines.  I suppose I … Continue reading In which I send off a poem