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!
Happy Writing x
AWARDS for the Blog 2013
PERSONAL ONLINE WRITING ACHIEVEMENTS 2013
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
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.
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
Your Sentence of Non-Guilt
Poems for Ashraf Fayadh published in I Am Not a Silent Poet
Expectation – Abridged Floodland Issue
Quantum Wonderment – Fairacre Press
Maligned Species Project Spider E-book
ācweorna – Fairacre Press
Maligned Species Project Grey Squirrel E-book
New Ulster Love Poems
Headlining Stirchley Speaks at the P Café in February