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 money… Continue reading At the year’s halfway point

A quick update

A quick update about what I'm up to.  I'm still waiting to hear about a few submissions and I've sent out several poems to competitions.  In recent years I've been trying to focus on magazines rather than competitions but I decided to ring the changes a bit and see how I get on.  In the next… Continue reading A quick update

A visit to The Poetry Business in Sheffield

...and other thoughts about being away from home. I'm just back from three nights away in Sheffield where I met up with all but one of my Aldeburgh Eight friends.  We've been trying to meet up again for some time and we managed to arrange to converge in Sheffield for one of the famous Writing Days… Continue reading A visit to The Poetry Business in Sheffield

A good January, so far

As Januarys go, this one hasn't been too bad, so far, not taking into consideration world events, of course, although yesterday's amazing marches across the world have filled me with hope.  I've had five - FIVE - rejections in the past six weeks, not all poetry or writing related, but, surprisingly, I'm unbowed.  Could it be… Continue reading A good January, so far

In which I entertain a charming visitor

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

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

So, I’ll say, let’s have coffee

So, I'll say, let's have coffee and we'll go to a small café on a side-street in Italy or Spain or Portugal or France, somewhere far enough south that even in December we'll sit at an outside table in our coats and catch a little sunshine.  I'll order an espresso and I'll be wearing a beautifully tailored… Continue reading So, I’ll say, let’s have coffee

National Poetry Day at Trowbridge Town Hall

Trowbridge Town Hall was awash with poets and artists on National Poetry Day, October 6 2016.  Ten local schools each sent small groups of children and a member of staff to take part in my poetry and art workshops which I ran with artist Ben Midgley.  In addition, poets from Trowbridge Poetry Society Stanza group took part,… Continue reading National Poetry Day at Trowbridge Town Hall

Weekend Report

General atmosphere in this house: Sleepy. Heavy-eyelidded. One teenager came back from Reading Festival at gone three this morning, one adult stayed awake to let him back in, the other (me) fell asleep but kept waking up to check if everyone was home. One teenager is worn out from being away for two weeks on… Continue reading Weekend Report

Summer is whizzing by

Summer is whizzing by and my head is filling up with to do lists.  At this point, they are mild-mannered and patient lists, humming softly to themselves as summer ripens around them, but once they cotton-on to shrinking daylight and cooler winds, once they catch sight of the date on the calendar and the dying… Continue reading Summer is whizzing by