Lodestone Poets 4

As mentioned in the previous blog post the fourth Lodestone poetry reading took place at the end of February. It proved to be a real treat of an evening. The Lodestone team, Sarala Estruch, Lesley Sharpe and Dave Wakely have the knack of putting together an interesting mix with never a dull moment. Last Wednesday…

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Spring is coming

The days are definitely getting longer, more light earlier in the morning and coming out into light after Wednesday’s afternoon workshop with Katy Evans-Bush. I’m into the final nine months of the Writing Poetry MA and took time away from paid work earlier to work on the latest assignment. I have lots of readings to look…

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A Summer of Poetry

I’ve been busy over the summer, reading, writing and studying poetry and haven’t had time to write blog posts which I suppose is how it should be. But with autumn arriving and a new term about to start I’m taking the chance to reflect on the last couple of months. The summer poetics kicked off…

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Poetry Month- Derek Walcott’s White Egrets

Up to now, I’ve only browsed Walcott’s poems, so for the start of National Poetry month I decided I should read one of this collections properly. I settled on White Egrets published in 2010. He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1992 and taught one of my tutors on the Poetry School MA.…

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Round up of recent and planned poetry happenings

One of the poems in Voices from Stone and Bronze inspired by the work of historian Peter Barton has been commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Competition. Judge Roger Elkin comments  “Peter Barton’s Lessons of History admirably celebrates the photographic and archaeological research into the mass graves of soldiers and tunnel excavations at the Somme by…

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Is it worth your while to do a Writing Retreat?

Recently Sarah Selecky has published series of articles   recently about writing retreats, both the tutored and non-tutored kind and I’m starting to make plans for a week on retreat in North Wales later in the year. The person I’m currently mentoring with Cinnamon Press recently been on a retreat with Arvon so I’ve been…

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Voices from Stone and Bronze

I’m launching my second poetry collection, Voices from Stone and Bronze today, and I will be  reading in Milton Keynes, London and North Wales.  You can order your copy from Cinnamon Press.   With thanks to Jan Fortune, Vanessa Gebbie, and Jeremy Banning and also all the members of the Thursday advanced poetry group who…

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