It’s the end of the year and in just a few hours the start of a *new* decade. It’s tempting simply to look forward but I’m thinking it’s also good to look back at the past year and be thankful for the positive things (whilst not ignoring the stresses and disappointments of 2019!).
My poetry has appeared in many places this year and these include some new for me: in ezine ‘Ink, Sweat and Tears‘ (thanks to Helen Ivory); in ‘Pondweed’ published by Greenteeth Press; in ‘The Mechanics’ Institute Review 16: the Climate issue‘, and in the Live Canon 2019 Anthology.
Looking ahead, I am delighted to be included in the forthcoming ‘The Best New British and Irish Poets 2019’ published by Eyewear.
New, talented writers have joined Wimborne Writing Group which is flourishing and I am so looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2020 – for more fabulous creative writing!
Happy New Year to all!
What a lovely long sunny summer it’s been! I spent some time in Northern Spain which was great. I chose to travel by sea rather than air and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Now autumn is definitely in the atmosphere and I’m returning to my blog, writing classes and other related writing activities feeling refreshed. I’ve continued writing poetry over the summer but have taken some breaks from my computer.
I had a great time at the Mechanics’ institute Review 16 party in London a few days ago. I’m thrilled to have my poem ‘Swans on the Vltava River’ in this climate issue. There are some wonderful stories and poems in the review and I feel in good company. I met fiction writer Elizabeth Baines at the launch party – her story, ‘Dreaming Possibility’, with a visionary protagonist – is a must-read. The cover of the book and the artwork inside brilliantly complement all the writing. It is a thought-provoking and inspiring collection and, of course, completely topical with its focus on weather, climate and the future. I have another climate/weather poem to be published shortly in the Live Canon anthology – more news about that later.
As part of Wimborne Literary Festival, I’m delighted to be offering a writing workshop on prose poetry and flash fiction. So whether you are a fiction writer or poet, or both, there’s something for you! We will be looking at connections between these two forms, studying some examples, and doing our own writing. This workshop is suitable for established writers and also beginners. I hope it will be an enjoyable and inspiring afternoon. Tuesday 14th May 2-4pm at Allendale House, Hanham Road, Wimborne. Tickets on sale at Gullivers Bookshop.
I’m delighted and honoured to be taking part and will also be supporting the festival by going to as many events as possible, and by spreading the word. It really does promise to be a fantastic week!
On Monday 13th May I will be reading along with 2 other excellent poets: Elaine Beckett and Gill Horitz.
I believe refreshments will be served during the evening!
It promises to be an interesting and varied event as in addition to our own writing, we will also be reading poetry by some of our favourite Dorset poets.
The evening starts at 7pm.
I’m thrilled that my poem, Fog, has been placed 1st in the National Memory Day Poetry Competition. You can read about the competition, see photos, and hear the winning poems on the website as the winners were announced earlier today. National Memory Day is a charity I wholeheartedly support. I’ve seen at first-hand the pleasure and comfort that poetry can bring for people unfortunately experiencing various aspects of memory loss.
I’m delighted to have joined the Poetry pf community It’s a great website with a listing of 300 poets, information about events and competitions, and many fab poems. I can thoroughly recommend it.
Victoria, owner of the antiquarian bookshop Black Pug Books, has taken me on as writer in residence over the autumn and winter months! I will be at the bookshop on Fridays once a fortnight 10am-1pm, starting with this Friday, 21st September. The idea is that I will do some writing inspired by the atmospheric house, the wonderful books and the people who visit. I will also be available to talk to visitors about their own writing. This could be a great way to revive your writing skills and find inspiration! If you would like me to read and comment on a short piece you’ve written, prose or poetry, please bring it to the bookshop on Friday (if possible, bring 2 copies) and I will do my best to read it and give you my thoughts. Or you may need to talk about your creative writing in a more general way and, if there’s time, I will be happy to do that. If more than one person turns up I may ask you to return at an agreed time during the morning. While you wait, you will be able to browse the fabulous collection of books at Black Pug Books, 24 West Borough, Wimborne.
CINNAMON SHORT STORY WRITERS reading from The Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction
In the company of 8 other writers, I will be reading from The Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction in London on 13th September. Please join us for the evening!
Thursday, 13 September, 2018 @ The Music Room, 49 Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3HZ. 7 p.m. The readers for the evening will be: Tamsin Hopkins, Jane McLaughlin, Omar Sabbagh, Jez Noond, Kate Mitchell, Isabelle Illasera, Sarah Barr, Diana Powell, and Mark Williams.
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In late September, I’m hoping to go to The Poetry on the Lake festival , described by Carol Ann Duffy as: “…perhaps the smallest but possibly the most perfect poetry festival in the world”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZPLIg5tFI8
It sounds wonderful!
I’m delighted that my poem, ‘Dartmoor Snow’, has been placed 2nd in the open section of the Poetry on the Lake 2018 competition, and will be reading it along with some other poems during the festival weekend. I’m looking forward to meeting other poets.
I’ve never before visited Italy’s northern lakes and so I’m excited to be going and hope to explore the area around Lake Orta and perhaps also Lake Maggiore.
I had a great time yesterday at a Society of Authors lunch in Salisbury. I’m delighted to be a member of the SOA and plan to make full use of my membership. As another writer said to me, the society offers invaluable help, for example with authors’ contracts, and I can see that networking will also be a feature for me. The speaker yesterday was Helen Corner-Bryant of Cornerstones Literary Consultancy who gave a fascinating and amusing talk about what Cornerstones can offer authors and this is a huge range of services, including manuscript assessment, mentoring, editing, locating the right market for your manuscript, and how to present it to publishers and agents.