You were a glorious month on one side of the coin and a very difficult one on the other. I am going to write a separate blogpost about the dips because I think it is something all writers experience and it might help people who feel they are alone with the downside of this profession.
My highlights include Wenlock Poetry Festival, having poems published and performing at a Book Launch.
BLOGS & PROJECTS
David Calcutt is currently working on a group poetry project for a performance in June, from the Caldmore Writing Workshops. Sadly I can’t make the reading as it is the final session in the library with WWM group and the distance between the two venues and timing of the class make it impossible. They are considering re-doing it for a summer festival in August though so I hope to make that one.
The MOOC poetry course (University of Iowa) finally started and has been great so far – I will share some of the poetry that has been created as a result, some of it I hope to work on and publish, but I can leave teasing snippets here on AWF.
There are too many students (6000) I think, to make any real bonds with, but we have a good few weeks to go so maybe networks will develop too. I love the international favour and the excitement of discovering new poets and poetry.
I have also planned another writing session for WWM, after our network meeting as I am the LEAD Writer again for May. It is going to be a great session.
The Quiet Compere – things are hotting up, it was over a year ago when 10 poets were approached to take part in this tour. My t-shirt has been ordered, I have gone for a lovely bright blue one!
I am going to be using some of my next headline set as part of my 10 minutes and also hope to interview the Quiet Compere herself, Sarah Dixon, for this blog. She is Arts Council funded (which means we are paid) and tours the North of England/Midlands (and this year the South too) with 10 selected poets performing 10 minute sets at various venues. Ours is THE HIVE in Worcester, the studio space in the library is perfect for performance, especially with the lighting rig!
The Power of Poetry To Heal with Rachel Kelly, Susanna Howard and Jill Fraser, was worth going to. A very moving event and meeting Rachel in person – who has requested another blogpost – well it would be rude not to was smashing too.
The Power of Poetry to Heal
Poetry as a means to help dementia victims and depression: Rachel Kelly, Susanna Howard and Jill Fraser
SUBMISSIONS & COMMISSIONS
This month I was looking for time to write on my own projects and completely had my head in the sand about other submission opportunities. I made a bid for a festival this summer and also another one for BeatFreeks Pen Museum – which I didn’t get chosen for but Jess Davies and Sammy Joe did, so congratulations to them. I won’t pretend I am not gutted – I love pens and this would have been the perfect commission (paid as well) to celebrate National Museum Night.
l also entered some poetry for an amazing opportunity which sadly has not come to fruition this time.
Can you see why I started to dip?
I submitted 3 poems to I am not a silent Poet and had all 3 published.
They were written for 16 Days of Activism Event last Autumn at The Library of Birmingham.
I submitted to an anthology project ‘Birmingham Bound’
Spoken Word at The Ort
Book Launch – The Magnetic Diaries by Sarah James
Mouth and Music
WILD WORDS – Restless Bones Fundraiser
Wenlock Poetry Festival – Poems & Pints
Wenlock Poetry Festival – 52
EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
WWM Network Meeting
Caldmore Community Garden Workshop
Wenlock Poetry Festival
I also started to work on a workshop project.
Stratford Literary Festival
All in all a good month that I need to blog about as soon as I can.
Happy Writing x