sofa and pen

On the one hand the cliché of that title, on the other hand the article is off and running and you’re reading it (thank you, by the way). On the one hand I will miss the friends I’ve made during the last 18 months when I’ve been reading aloud every week with people living with […]

book march 2015

  Thanks very much to Emma Lee Review of my poetry pamphlet ‘The Misplaced House’ at her blog.    

Keep calm and blow

This post has been prompted by a letter I received, out of the blue, from a Writing student who’s composing a research essay about the connections between getting published and “self-promotion in contemporary poetry in the UK.”  The letter goes on to say that “self-promotion is a rather poor term…… and that online sharing of work……connecting with other […]

Poetry Wales

I’ve been ill with the first cold I’ve had in about two years, maybe longer.  It was a stinker: constant sneezing, dripping nose, watering eyes.  I was measuring out my life with soggy tissues.  I’ve only just stopped feeling wretched.  Somewhere in the foggy depths of my fuzziheadedness, I seem to recall receiving a very nice […]

Morning Star

Since I first published this post, I’ve added some more thoughts about documentary poetry and about my reasons for writing the poem ‘Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe Says Sorry’. The poem came out of Andrea Brady’s Documentary Poetics workshop at Poetry Swindon.  Andrea sent through excellent course materials and poems by writers such as Mahmoud Darwish, Carolyn Forché, Ken Saro-Wiwa […]

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 […]

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