In 2013 I started this blog. I hadn’t written for over six years, I had been ignoring the nagging voice of my creative spirit! 2013 a new year, a new me, a new opportunity… and in the wider picture I created this blog to track progress and hopefully find inspiration also, who knows where it will go.

Although I created a website nearly 13 years ago, this is my first time blogging and WordPress is new to me too, learning as I go!

THE FIRST YEAR – 2013

I submitted lots of writing, read lots, researched, sent out book proposals, attended literature events, absorbed the life of a freelancer. Went part time at work and then later left to be an agency worker with less hours and more flexibility. By September I had made a decision to focus on Poetry and in October I ventured back onto the stage to share work at Spoken Word events. I also applied for a writing position with Writing West Midlands and started work as an Assistant Writer with Ian MacLeod in February 2014. I have met some great people, supportive writers and made some great new friends.

To follow updates for 2014 onwards, scroll to the bottom of the page.

I am a published poet and a freelance writer – articles, short stories, scripts. I am about to embark on the freelance career again after a long break. This time I am no longer a ‘young writer’, I am in a more settled place, with patience and an understanding of ‘temporary setbacks’, this time I will not change path! I am just going to keep going.

The blog is the journey from the start, hope you follow me up the yellow brick road!

OCTOBER – Online Retreat – INKSPILL

Last year I ran an online writing retreat from this blog – the last weekend of October. This year I plan to do the same. I have secured other writers to join me this year, they will each bring something unique to your experience. Look out for information this July and book the last weekend of OCTOBER off to write and read and write!

CONTACT DETAILS

Based in the West Midlands speak

Nina Lewis
awritersfountain@hotmail.co.uk

Happy Writing x

AWARDS for the Blog 2013

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PERSONAL ONLINE WRITING ACHIEVEMENTS 2013

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Published /Displayed Poetry 2014

Creative minds – Published Kidderminster Creatives website

4 poems in ‘Restless Bones’ Poetry Anthology sold to raise awareness of the Fur trade – all proceeds given to Born Free Foundation.

Clench – Hark Magazine

Poem displayed on the Poetry Fence at Acton Scott farm

Croft Original – Poem on Wenlock Poetry Trail

Fourth Wall – Poem on display for DAN arts network – Droitwich library

21 Haikus used in an installation by Hayley Frances for What’s the Agenda – The Mac Birmingham

Fallacy (a 52 poem) Published in a print anthology

Half and Half Pig & The Cart poems published Poetry on the Farm Blog

Falling into Line – Published HCE Here Comes Everyone Boy/Girl Issue

Picasso of Dance – Published by Paragram in ‘Remember’ Print Anthology

Hanbury Hall Poems to be used by DAN

Pamphlet accepted

 Projects & Performances

This year I received some great news in April about a paid opportunity to perform next year, which I can now reveal is the Quiet Compere Tour 2015 – 10th July The Hive Worcester

I was booked to perform with The Poetry Army.

I am currently working towards a performance project for later in this year.

In addition to performing poetry at open mics, festivals (Wenlock Poetry Festival, Stratford Poetry Festival, WLF Worcester LitFest, Birmingham Literature Festival), gallery openings, book launches and events I also work as an Assistant Writer for Writing West Midlands. Recently another similar opportunity has arisen, after just 6 months, which I can now reveal is Mentoring. I also finally made it to Ledbury Poetry Festival and Coventry NightBlueFruit.

Performed alongside Adrian Mealing for the first half of Jonny FluffyPunk’s Show at WLF Worcester LitFest, in front of the man himself, who particularly liked my moustache poem.

Arts All Over The Place – Poetry, Performance & Everything Else Festival – Opening Event & Poetry Performance

Birmingham Literature Festival – Naked Lungs – Urban Nature – A commissioned poetry performance with two other poets.

Performed at the Cheltenham Medical Conference- Organised by Sarah Dixon

Mentoring 1 to 1 for Writing West Midlands

Organised promoting Daniel Sluman through the blog.

2015

Published

Bomb Damage

Girls on the Ground

Weapons of War Ghanda’s Story Published – Not A Silent Poet

Bridgework – Seamus Heaney Anthology

Ambiguous Answers – Paper Swans Anthology

Beyond Gas Street Basin – Birmingham Bound Anthology

Late Spring & Others – Caldmore Poetry Workshop poems – published on David Calcutt’s ‘Natural Histories’ blog. http://naturalhistoriesblog.com/others-writing/

Shame in the City – published on Virtual Verse http://visualverse.org/submissions/shame-in-the-city/

A Day at the Seaside – Nutshells & Nuggets

The Gift – Under the Radar

Fortori – Under the Radar

Lake Glaze – GBWO

Adhoc Fiction – BOOM

Projects & Performance

Mentoring 1:1 for WWM – 3 month pilot

Started being invited as a Guest Poet/ Feature;

January: Guest Poet (along with Bert Flitcroft) at The Poetry Lounge – Ludlow. Jean Atkin/ Deborah Alma

Team Leader – Mouth & Music Spark Off!

Guest Poet (along with Lily Blacksell & Antony Owen) WORD UP! The Coffee Lounge – Birmingham. Ddotti Bluebell/ Jasmine Gardosi

February: I took bookings for Guest Poet slots

March: Charity Night at The Martineau Gardens, Nomad Variety, 2 comedians, 2 musicians and a poet. David Rees-Jones

Hark Issue 4 Magazine Launch and Reading – published poets from this issue and previous issues were invited to read for a 10 minute slot, this was not a headline, but it was LONDON and I did feel that it was exceptionally high standard and that my poetry was not out of place.

March 2015: Asked to be a Lead Writer with Writing West Midlands

Applied for Worcestershire Poet Laureate

April: David Calcutt edited a group poem from our work in Caldmore Community Garden workshops, to be performed in June & August at local events/festival in Walsall.

Performed at Book Launch: The Magnetic Diaries by Sarah James

Performed Wenlock Poetry Festival: Open Mic & at The 52 Event

May: Guest Poet Permission to Speak, Scary Canary. Rob Francis

Long-Listed, then Short-Listed: Worcestershire Poet Laureate

June: Worcestershire Poet Laureate Finalist – positioned 3rd

Live Lit – A Night of Poetry and Music as part of the Droitwich Festival. Performed a set alongside 8 other talented poets and musicians from Worcestershire.

July: 1 of the 10 Poets on the Quiet Compere Tour of the Midlands, The Hive – Worcester

Booked to perform at Arts All Over the Place at the Madhatter Charity Fundraiser

Booked to perform for Shakti Women – Womanly Words

August: Paper Swans Press Schooldays Book Launch, Poetry Café, London

Headlined HOWL, alongside Sophie Sparham and Carl Sealeaf.

Poetry Festival Swindon, Performed in the 52 event

Arts All Over the Place Pre-Festival Promotion Event. Madhatter’s Ball.

Commissioned with Suz Winspear, by Heather Wastie (Worcestershire Poet Laureate), for a National Poetry Day project ‘Light & Shade’.

Claire walker – Book Launch The Girl who Grew into a Crocodile

Headlined The Poetry Café Refreshed, Cheltenham

Book to the Future UoB Festival – Phenomenal Women

Poetry Brothel – Halloween – P Café, Caged Arts

Winter Wonderland – P Café, Caged Arts

2016

PUBLISHED

Contaminated

Your Sentence of Non-Guilt

Poems for Ashraf Fayadh published in I Am Not a Silent Poet

Expectation – Abridged Floodland Issue

Colonisation

Quantum Wonderment – Fairacre Press

Maligned Species Project Spider E-book

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Maligned Species Project Grey Squirrel E-book

Netted Love

Calibrated

Memory Art

New Ulster Love Poems

Performance

Headlining Stirchley Speaks at the P Café in February

DETAILS moved to: https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/poetry-2/

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    • Thanks, January has gone well so far, I will be keeping it up! I have actually given myself the same time as the 2016 Rio Athletes to get somewhere and I am pushing for Gold before that.
      It sounds corny, this is what I should be doing, this is what I could always do, I just need to believe and lead the life I want to lead.

    • Your welcome. It looks like an inspiring part of Blogland.
      I am completely new to WordPress and learning as I go, the photography is all mine but the theme is a choice from WordPress. It just happens to be perfect as far as I am concerned. The Fountain had a few trial skins before this one.
      Thanks

    • Thanks, the 1st month has been great!I’m finding lots of great opportunities and challenges just on WordPress. Just glad to be back in the fountain, splashing around! Feels good. Hope you enjoy the read.

  1. Hello Nina You have a very nice blog here. I love your collections! Keep spreading the joy and beauty by writing skill to the world, my friend. keep writing and enjoy.I’m inviting Nina to my blog to writing.article and stories.
    Thanks Cyril

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    • Exactly – and I will need to keep my wits about me, brain, heart and courage! My red shoes are packed in a box somewhere, I did that on purpose so the only way is forward. Have to keep going this time.

  3. Hi. I am happy to have found your blog. It is encouraging to learn you have embraced your path as a writer. This is something I have personally struggled with myself. This year I am finally giving a sharper focus to my own writing, making a lot of effort to write SOMETHING each and every day. I have a long way to go, but…the journey is itself a part of the process, is it not? I am now following awritersfountain. Cheers.

    • You’re welcome! And thanks – the secret to Camp NaNoWriMo is keep it fun – if it isn’t take the day off (like I did yesterday) but be sure to go back the next day and write!

    • Thanks for exploring the fountain Nirbhaya. I will be sure to check your poems out later this week when time is on my side! In the meantime I hope you enjoy reading posts in my blog.

    • You’re welcome – it was a great post and I can’t wait until I encourage people to pick up the idea this summer!
      Glad you have enjoyed a splash in the fountain! And also thank you for the follow.
      Enjoy.

  4. Hello,

    I was wondering if you would be interested in being tagged in a “blog hop”. I’ve been tagged by another blogger/writer, and sent a list of 9 questions about writing habits. The idea is that I would do a blog post with at least 4 out of the 10 questions/answers, and tag three other people, then a week or so later those three would post their Q&A on their blogs and tag 3 more.

    Please let me know if you’re interested. If so, then I’ll let you know when I publish my post that tags you, and you can take it from there.

    And here are the questions:
    BLOG HOP QUESTIONS

    Answer at least four questions. You can answer as many as you want on your own blog. Then tag three writing friends.

    1. What are you working on right now?
    2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?
    3. What experiences have influenced you?
    4. Why do you write what you do?
    5. How does your writing process work?
    6. What is the hardest part about writing?
    7. What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet?
    8. Who are the authors you most admire?
    9. What scares you?

    JD

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    • Oh my goodness, Irene – thank you every so much, I will be sure to collect it as soon as I can, I have read the posted links and like the idea of a ‘not featured on fp’. It used to be my main focus, but I hadn’t even thought about it since before the summer! I like this one though 🙂 what a fun idea!

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    • Thanks Reuben – I will feel the same when I have missed you at Word Up next month! Glad you like the blog, great to have you splashing in the waters of the fountain… stick around for the adventure! 🙂

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