Delighted to have a 200 word story on 1000words today. 1000words is a National Flash-Fiction day project managed by writer Natalie Bowers. It features stories of 1000 words and under, inspired by Pinterest images. My story, 'Friday', is deeply autobiographical and entirely fictional. If you look closely at the Pinterest image which inspired my story,… Continue reading Thanks to 1000words for publishing my flash-fiction, ‘Friday’
My brother and I lived with an older sister when we were young. One day my teenage brother carried home a battered cardboard box from an East London building site he was working on as an apprentice. Inside was a scrawny kitten with matted, marmalade-coloured fur. Someone had brought the kitten to the site. If… Continue reading In memory of Marmalade, a rescued street cat with attitude, who inspired a tiny story
Reading Teresa Stenson's recent blog post on The Bridport Prize has come as a timely reminder to polish my own entry for this year's Bridport, and it also reminded me of 2010 when my poem, 'Honeymoon', was a runner-up in the Poetry Category. At the awards ceremony in the Bridport Arts Centre, one of the topics… Continue reading My thoughts on being a finalist in The Bridport Prize 2010
Trowbridge Museum is continuing to support writing in the community by publishing some of the poems that emerged from my recent Writing Poetry Workshops. During these sessions we read a range of poems by different writers - all the details are listed on previous posts - and I set short writing exercises loosely structured on the poems under scrutiny. It's fascinating to read how members of the group interpreted the writing prompts.
Very happy to be involved with National Flash Fiction Day on May 16th. You can read my story, 'The Weight and the Shape' on their wonderful website. Lots of information about competitions, submissions and everything FlashFiction is up there too. http://www.nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/josephinecorcoran.html
As with the previous workshop, participants were varied in age and experience. My aims, again, were to introduce new poems to the group and to facilitate new writing. Here is a summary of poems read and writing prompts/exercises: Ted Hughes' 'Hands' was used as a prompt to write about someone by closely observing their hands.… Continue reading Writing Poetry Workshops at Trowbridge Museum: Workshop Two – Ted Hughes and other poets, March 3rd, 2012
Aims of the workshop to introduce new poetry to the group to encourage new writing Participants were varied in age and experience of reading and writing poetry. The workshops were organised around reading/ listening to a poem and then following a writing prompt loosely structured on its subject matter and/or technique. I introduced two quotes… Continue reading Writing Poetry Workshops at Trowbridge Museum: Workshop One – Carol Ann Duffy and other poets, March 1st 2012