Julia Copus

Julia Copus and Patrick Gale reading at Trowbridge Library, Thursday, November 27th, 7.30pm   Book your FREE tickets by calling Trowbridge Library on 01225 716700 The reading, at Trowbridge Library on Thursday, 27th November at 7.30pm,  is part of a SW England Library promotion called the Reading Passport.  It features  award-winning poet and children’s story writer Julia Copus, and novelist […]

typing with writing ledge 2

If, like me, you spend a fair portion of your life sitting down, reading, writing, and typing, the chances are you might experience neck and backache at some point, as well as pains in your hands and wrists.  Things got bad for me about two years ago when I first started blogging and I became […]

A birthday poetry workshop complete with oversized mochas.

What a treat to spend some time with Hilda Sheehan today, and on her birthday, too.  Hilda has really helped me become more involved in poetry over the last few years, through her work at Bluegate Poets, Swindon, Domestic Cherry magazine,  and the Swindon Poetry Festival, of which she was this year’s Director. There must be hundreds of people […]

sign

Two days after Swindon Poetry Festival, I am still in a high and happy poetry place, and I risk losing my euphoria if I try to set down in words what it was about Swindon that I loved so much.  Luckily, there are already two brilliant posts for you to read, as Robert Peake and […]

Hilda

Just saying hello before I head off for four days at The Swindon Poetry Festival.  I feel like someone leaving home for university, except it’s a university of poetry.  Actually, knowing Hilda Sheehan who’s organised the festival, it will be more like a UNIVERSE of poetry in Swindon.  I can’t wait! I’m packing writing materials, […]

In January this year, I took a photo from my kitchen window every day and posted it on Instagram.  The photos I took at night, or very early in the morning,  before it turned light, are the most interesting I think. (The ones taken during the day mostly involve wheelie bins on our patio…).  In the photo below, […]

Swindon 2014

Not long to go before I take up lodgings for FOUR DAYS in Swindon and immerse myself in the 2014 Swindon Festival of Poetry.  It feels like I’ve signed up for almost every event, there’s so much on offer, including readings from Don Share, Maurice Riordan, Kathryn Maris, Allison McVety, Robert Peake, Cliff Yates, Jackie Wills […]

lifesaving

My month off seems like a far away country, yet it’s only been 12 days since I’ve been back at work.  Thank goodness my job involves reading poetry, and thank goodness for Anthony Wilson’s Lifesaving Poems series on his wonderful blog (soon to be made into a book by one of the UK’s leading poetry […]

Fountain pen

It used to be dark green but, sadly, the green eventually peeled away (actually, I peeled it away, in moments of absent-mindedness).  There have been times when I thought it missing forever, and I celebrated as heartily as the shepherd finding his lost sheep when it was found: in the dungeon that lies in the depths of our […]

Dad

This week’s photo challenge, ‘Humanity‘,  is a chance to tell you about my Dad, Basil Patrick Dominic Corcoran (1923 – 1992), who showed me how to be a human, who left school at 14 to be a butcher’s delivery boy, who fell off the too-big delivery bike, who mixed up the paper-wrapped meat parcels, who delivered the wrong […]

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