Sarah Barr

Writer, poet and teacher

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Poems in the Waiting Room issue 78

I’m delighted to have one of my poems, ‘Trees on Lewesdon Hill’, in this season’s ‘Poems in the Waiting Room’ pamphlet. What a great charity PiTWR is: providing a practical way  of using poems to uplift and entertain while patients are waiting for medical treatment. The pamphlet is attractive and appealing. This winter’s issue is light blue and contains poems by John Clare, Henry Longfellow, Rudyard Kipling, Sara Teasdale, as well as poems from more contemporary poets: me – Sarah Steele, Meg Peacocke, Elizabeth Clough and Jill Munro.

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Cattistock Poets Christmas Reading and Party

I had a great evening with Cattistock poets in the Oak Room at The Fox and Hounds this week – listening to poetry and reading. I felt honoured to be among a very special gathering including Annie Freud, Pam Zinneman-Hope, Elaine Beckett, Nick Morris, Maya Pieris, Chris Slade, Kate Hall, Peter Thorne, Geraldine Rennison, Sarah Solly and Gill Barr. And there was the audience as well, including writers from Exeter Writers.

Pam was the visiting poet and she read from her lovely new collection, ‘Foothold‘.

Annie organised the evening brilliantly with a poetry themed quiz and prizes.

A heart-warming way to start Christmas, thanks to all.

 

Happy National Poetry Day!

I’m thrilled that my poem ‘Walls’ has been commended in The Poetry Society’s Stanza competition. A lovely present on National Poetry Day! I’m re-reading Emily Dickinson’s poems today and enjoying her concise, dramatic style.

Poetry Reading at East Coker

Tonight I’m take part in a poetry reading with a group of friends from Some Bridport Poets. We’ve been invited by East Coker Poets to the evening which will be at The Helyar Arms, East Coker. I’m looking forward to it. Hope I can find my way there! This Thursday, 28th September, is National Poetry Day so it’s reading and writing poetry all week for me … but also with a little time left for fiction  …

Blandford Fashion Museum Outing

Wimborne Writing Group had a very successful outing last week to Blandford Fashion Museum. What a gem! Tucked away in The Plocks in the centre of Blandford is a charming, Georgian house containing a marvellous collection of clothes and accessories from the last 300 years. Jean welcomed us with refreshments in the cafe (coffee was particularly good) and then Gordon gave us a fascinating talk about the museum and also some wider history about Blandford, the great fire of 1731 and its aftermath. We thought about how certain clothes can help to revive our memories about our own lives and perhaps those of parents and grandparents.  When writing historical fiction – and it seems the 1970s are now part of that! – it’s important to get the fashions right. This museum is surely a very useful resource for writers.

Society of Authors

I’m completely delighted to have been elected to membership of the Society of Authors! I heard last week and I’m now dipping into  the quarterly journal, ‘The Author’, which is a pleasure and very informative also about writing matters, including tax, payment rates, the joy of indexing and how someone became a poet accidentally through twitter. It all seems very up-to-date and relevant. I can’t wait for the summer party.

Meniscus Literary Magazine

I’m honoured that Meniscus has published another of my poems: ‘Twelfth Night’. It’s great to be included in the latest issue. I like the idea of my writing winging to Australia – it feels as if it is being set free or migrating from one island to another – albeit larger! I know this is just imaginary, really, as writing is not (usually) confined to territories now that we have instant global communication.

Wimborne Literary Festival 2017

The festival has started and today I went to a great session with Jane Corry – How to Write a Thriller. One tip was: end each chapter with a hook/cliff-hanger! Another idea – have one or two ‘teasers’ at the beginning of your novel.

My ‘Time to Write’ workshop for the Lit Fest is this Wednesday afternoon – 17th May 2-4pm at Allendale House, Hanham Road, so join me there. During the afternoon, be inspired to write short stories and poems. It should be fun and I hope you will also take away lots of ideas for future writing.

Bridport Story Slam

I enjoyed helping with the judging process for this story slam last week. It was a great evening with warm and supportive writers and audience.  I think we all learned something about the variety and demands of flash fiction in performance. It was hard to choose winners as all the stories had their own merits, but we had to! See the Dorset Writers Network for more.

Bridport Story Slam

There is still plenty of time to write your 250 word story for the upcoming Story Slam at the Arts Centre in Bridport on Monday, April 3rd, starting at 7.30pm. I’m delighted to be helping with the judging and rather excited about the prospect of an evening of story-telling!

This is a chance to try out your skills at writing a very short story – flash fiction – ready for entering The Bridport Prize.

It will be a very popular event and so you will need to book tickets.

 

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