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Such a busy wonderful month filled with glorious opportunities!
Blogs and Projects
I signed up for Writing 101 Blogging University Daily Post challenge this month, it stretched ideas with writing and lead to some interesting blog posts – I struggled to post daily as I have been offline busy, but I did manage to complete each task for the first half. After which I became heavily involved in performances and events in the WLF LitFest.
I continued to write poems for 52.
I applied to be part of a collaborative project with Naked Lungs for BLF Birmingham Literature Festival. I had an interview mid-month.
The blog now has 765 followers, an extra 23 people joined in June.
The most popular post this month continues to be;
Submission and Publishing
I submitted poems and was published by Hark.
My poem Clench – will appear in the July issue of Hark, an online magazine.
I also worked on an epic submission for Offa’s Press
and entered a poem for GBWO – Great British Write Off.
I took a 12 day break from performing poetry at the end of May/June and enjoyed watching others at events instead.
It felt strange to get back up on stage at Mouth and Music – but I was armed with some freshly written -on theme – poems and a great audience who laughed in all the right places.
It was also good to back to Birmingham- performing at York’s Bakery.
It was 10 days of WLF this month – Worcester Litfest, I was asked to take part in a few events that clashed with other plans, including a guest spot for the Decadent Diva gig – Divas and Football, it was my friend’s Woodstock themed party which I was going to (a 50th birthday) and I had already turned down Foxy and Wild – Droitwich Arts Network/ Festival poetry event.
I did perform as a POP UP POET at an event I was asked to take part in.
I managed to get to Tim Cranmore’s Book Launch the week before WLF started and booked to be at the Guildhall for the announcement of the new Poet Laureate (4 of whom I knew) – I gave up a night performing to be part of the first event of the festival.
I was asked to have a guest spot at the Special Festival SpeakEasy (which I could do) and I asked to be on the 42 stage (1 of 8 performers) in addition to this I booked to watch Jonny Fluffypunk Man Up – show and was asked to perform at this event too.
I missed several workshops I wanted to do – because I was also working full time this week – with Summer being so close!
It was my first WLF – but the city’s 4th – I was aware of both this and the Droitwich Festival last year, it was before I started poetry writing again and at the time I was resigning from work after quite a struggle and wasn’t really submerged in the writing world as I am now.
Confab Cabaret – Olivers: Hollie McNish
Writing West Midlands/ Assistant Writer – Creative Writing Group: Ian MacLeod
Mouth & Music – BHG: Adjectives
Writing West Midlands/ Assistant Writer – Creative Writing Group: Jean Atkin (cover)
Writing West Midlands This month not only did I have a chance to use my drama background to help support material for the Worcester group with Ian MacaLeod, I also had a chance to cover as an Assistant Writer for the group in Kidderminster – run by Jean Atkin. It is great to experience working with Young Adults – teenagers were slightly older than my group and a different Lead Writer, Jonathan Davidson recommended we swapped groups once in a while to get a better breadth and understanding. For a writer who hopes to become a Lead Writer in 2016 it is great to take on board different approaches and ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed the group and look forward to going back next month.
Performing at Dave’s 50th Woodstock Party including a poem written especially for him! My first Private Function too!
Pop up Poets – WLF
Poets With Passion – Birmingham
With Jonny Fluffypunk – WLF
Meeting Naked Lungs – Project BLF
Special WLF 42 – WLF Lou Morgan
Special SpeakEasy – WLF – Old Recifying House: Emma Purhouse & Scott Tyrrell
Carol Ann Duffy – National Poet Laureate in a joint venture between Ledbury Poetry festival & WLF
The Tea Project – Tara and Lynsey – MAC Atys Centre
Poetry Workshop – Jean Atkin, Acton Scott farm.
Mr G and I also saw the Voodoo Rooms (Hendrix/ Cream), celebrated Dave’s 50th Woodstock style, mum’s birthday and he continued to re-landscape the garden, building a pond.
Next month I am looking forward to a workshop and some Literature Festivals, my performance with BrainFruit, Special weekend groups associated with writing I have been involved with this year, Book launches – Restless Bones and seeing my work in print in Hark Magazine.
Roll on the sunshine!