clutter

It’s the end of the first quarter of 2015 and I must admit that my New Year’s Resolution to write for one hour every day has slipped a little.  Argh!  I’ve been writing in dribs and drabs but these little scraps don’t add up to one hour each day.  IamnotafailureIamnotafailure I keep telling myself. Of […]

phoenix exeter

I really enjoyed reading at Uncut Poets at the Phoenix Arts Centre in Exeter last week.  Before the event, my lovely friend Emily treated me to a delicious Turkish meal at the Dinosaur Café.  I ordered a mixed salad – one generous spoonful of every type of salad on the menu – with home-made hummus, warm haloumi […]

daffs march 2015

‘Fresh’ is this week’s Photo Challenge at WordPress and here are a few daffodils (from our front garden) which always put me in mind of Spring, season of fresh, new beginnings. I’m not feeling all that ‘new’ myself, after a busy few weeks at home and work. However, things I am looking forward to include: […]

Bristol ideas flyer

On Friday I went to the New Lyrical Ballads event in Bristol, part of Bristol Festival of Ideas,  and listened to 23 poets read their specially commissioned poems for a new version of Wordsworth’s and Coleridge’s 1798 collection.  New Lyrical Ballads will be published this Spring and two Radio 4 programmes are also imminent. There were […]

sad statue

It’s the first of the month! First of March! Mornings are becoming lighter, nights are descending later, birdsong is sounding more exuberant.  The crocuses are out! It’s a good time for exclamation marks! The year is still young enough to make plans! Taking stock. On the first of every month, at least one person arrives at this […]

volunteers

:Useful information for arts organisations and charities. One element of my part-time job with The Reader Organisation has been to recruit volunteers to work as Facilitators in the weekly Read Aloud Groups I’ve established in five (soon six) Wiltshire Libraries.  The groups are specifically for people with dementia, or other illnesses affecting memory,  and their carers. Challenging […]

daffs in vase 2015

Is this a thing?  I think I’m experiencing it!  I’m ploughing through my unfinished poems and despatching them to magazines at rates previously unknown to me.  I have eight poems out with four different magazines.  As most magazines take between 4 – 8 months to respond to submissions, I’ve decided to send them in twos […]

poetry 2015

This post was originally published on 12 February 2015 but I’m going to keep adding to it as I hear of new courses. Here are the courses with links to registration forms and blurb from each site.  I might see some of you in class! NEW! Ten Premodern Poems by Women   – Stanford University – March 31 – June 9 Course […]

February photo

I was wondering how your writing is going?  I started off the year by resolving to write for at least one hour a day with all distractions (mostly social media feeds) switched off.  It was much more straightforward when I was on leave from my paid, part-time (ha!) job but it has become more difficult […]

Wolf Hall

As I’ve mentioned before I work part-time for The Reader Organisation and I read aloud every week with groups of people living with dementia and their carers. We read all sorts of poems and stories, talk about feelings and memories that these bring to mind, enjoy a hot drink and a few cakes and generally […]

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