Getting to know people through their writing. I met my husband, Andrew Horsfall, in September 1993 while we were students at West Sussex Institute of Higher Education (now University of Chichester) and we lived on campus at Bishop Otter College, Chichester, in a small 1930s block of student accommodation called New Hall (now, I believe, […]

me in Paris

If I’m not here, I might be on Instagram. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been trying to post once a week in 2014 and usually on a Sunday.  However, the school Easter holidays and a flying visit to Paris with my family meant that I missed last Sunday and my schedule is now of order.  […]

Poetry at BTP

I don’t know if it will make them loathe or love poetry more than the next person but my teenage children sometimes come with me to poetry readings. It helps if the venue is as comfortable, relaxed and welcoming as The Boston Tea Party on Park Street in Bristol where I went with my 13 […]

marilyn monroe reading

People keep telling me how much they enjoy coming to the Library Memory Groups I facilitate for The Reader Organisation in libraries in Wiltshire. They sound surprised, as if they didn’t know or had forgotten that reading could give them pleasure. These groups are weekly, read aloud, shared reading groups for people with dementia or […]

April Calendar

April is almost here and if you’re one of the many, many people whose inkwell is full to the brim in readiness for NaPoWriMo there are over 300 poems on my poetry site, And Other Poems, to inspire you.   If ekphrasis is your thing, I’ve gathered poems inspired by art onto my scoop.it page […]


I’m very grateful for the generous response I received for my previous post about my mother.  Thank you to everyone who read, liked or commented on my words and thank you to those of you who got in touch by email or through social media with your kind messages and thoughts about bereavement, families and […]

Joyce McD Corcoran

This year, I’ve been trying to write here at least once a week.  Today, 16th March 2014, I can only write about one subject, my mother, Joyce Corcoran (née MacDougall), born 16th March 1924.  Today would have been her 90th birthday.  The last time I saw her alive was on her 50th birthday, 16th March […]

Cake and Lent

This week I’ve been thinking about routines and making changes to my daily life.  As it’s the first week of Lent, several people posted on Facebook that they were giving it up (Facebook, that is) for 40 days.  I was tempted to do this myself as, of all places online, it’s Facebook that seems to suck […]


I had to write a follow-up to my previous post after having a brilliant time yesterday evening at The Torriano Meeting House, Kentish Town, London NW5. Lisa Kelly the incredibly friendly and kind organiser of poetry readings (or at least one of the organisers, I’m not quite sure who organises what and who’s in charge […]

jazz hands

An imminent poetry reading (Sunday, 2nd March 7pm at The Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX – come along if you’re around) and some comments by Robin Houghton about open-mic slots in her recent blog post have made me think about speaking poetry aloud: how I love some events but […]


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