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On the Hard Shoulder – NaPoWriMo


I haven’t stopped writing poems, but I have been busy organising festival events and performing (a set of NaPo poems), which was scary.

I didn’t get a chance to post DAY 20 or 21 on the blog. A Day 21 prompt took me off on a whole research fieldtrip. I have been a hunter gatherer all day.

It is Birmingham Literature Spring Festival and I have my WWM group in the morning. I cannot promise getting posts up to speed but I am back at work next week and now the perils of getting behind. Hopefully by the end of play on Sunday we will be up to speed.

In the meantime it is all only a click away.


Vervacious Volunteers….


willis the poet


So Verve is over… hoo!

But what a fantastic weekend of events and spoken word excellence for everyone involved from the performers to the audiences, to the organisers and the Waterstones staff and the volunteers. If you attended any of the events during the 4 days you will know about the quality of the poets and spoken word artists and if you couldn’t make it then I can assure you that this was the Jersey cow, full-fat, double cream of the crop.

But what was it like to volunteer at a festival like this, to see the festival from a different angle? Well here goes…….

Volunteering for anything requires a commitment to the cause and each and every volunteer in the group had that interest and love of poetry in spades.Chatting on the induction and training days really reinforced the fact that having a genuine interest in a topic brings…

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Week Fifty One: A thousand eyes


Really delighted to be asked for a Guest Prompt on this writing project. I am pleased that I managed to create one from scratch and the resulting writing makes a great read!

Squiffy Gnu

For his penultimate prompt, Squiffy welcomes the last guest prompter of the year: Nina Lewis.


Image credit: Courtney Boydston (×683-1024×480.jpg)

As you read this week’s prompt most of you will be thinking about turkey and cranberries, do you need a festive break? What about pineapple…

We may know pineapple is not a single fruit but a group of berries that have fused together, but Squiffy has only just discovered coalesced berries.

Those berries got him thinking about fusion and so this prompt comes with a myriad of options all linked in some way to Squiffy’s recent discovery.

Use these ideas as a starting point for your writing:

the solid core,

impenetrable things,


torn apart at the seams,

the power of stars.

Oddly enough some of these ideas bring you back to Christmas if you wish to stay festive.

Finally if you want another curve ball here is a retelling of…

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Transaction, poem by Nina Lewis (ME, IN A HAT Poetry and Prose Series)


Recent submissions have been busy. This one flew and nested. Silver Birch Press.


Transaction by Nina Lewis When it all fell through I went shopping. The clothes store had a sale on and I found this hat, stared too long at the reflection of my head wearing it, mirroring thoughts…

Source: Transaction, poem by Nina Lewis (ME, IN A HAT Poetry and Prose Series)

Act of kindness #24: Kindness Advent Calendar


It’s almost that time of year again… time to spread a little festive kindness. My Kindness Advent Calendar works just like a normal advent calendar but instead of the usual chocolate countdown, we …

Source: Act of kindness #24: Kindness Advent Calendar

CommaLabs: Reaching Your Audience – Questioning Who, Where and How by poet and blogger Sarah James (Part 1)


The Comma Press Blog

Reaching your audience – questioning who, where and how

I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘how to reach your audience?’ after being a panellist on a discussion about this question at  last week’s National Creative Writing Graduates Fair in Manchester.

To be or not to be…is not the answer. Or perhaps it is. In truth, I don’t think there is any one or even several definitive answers, just lots of possibilities waiting to be explored – with each individual writer finding, or creating, their own way based partly on who they are.

The breadth of the actual topic ‘reaching your audience’ is nothing to the potential breadth of a writer’s audience. But in reality, as in other areas of life, we all have to work within the limits of our resources and time.In this blog post then, I’m going to concentrate on a few of the many possible aspects, just…

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4 Publishing Industry “Rules” You Can Break (and 6 You MUST follow!)

4 Publishing Industry “Rules” You Can Break (and 6 You MUST follow!)

There are always rules, there is sometimes freedom.

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

In publishing rules are just guidelines. We give you these guidelines to help you (believe it or not). We’re not trying to make your life harder; we are trying to show you how to succeed. These guidelines are what you should generally follow, but there are times you can break the rules.

A great skill for a writer to have is to know which you can bend and adapt, and which needs must be met. Read on…


  • Anything that is contradicted by multiple people at top levels – Have your go-to sources (Writer’s Digest, ME!, KidLit411, Debutante Ball, Writers in the Storm, Pub Crawl Blog, Query Shark, Jane Friedman, Girl Friday Productions, Susan Spann etc) and trust those who have years of industry experience at the top levels–we all agree on the important things. However, there will be things we don’t agree on. Therefore, trust your…

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A Detailed, Bookish Guide to Instagram

A Detailed, Bookish Guide to Instagram

Great advice – especially for those new to Instagram.

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

I’ve rounded up some bookish Instagram experts, compiled data, and pulled links together to show everyone a complete picture of Instagram for writers and book lovers. If you’re unsure about whether Instagram is for you try it out and you’ll quickly see why book lovers flock there. Book covers are made to be captured and shared on the platform. Writers can share their WIP adventures or road to publication. Publishers host giveaways.

Plus, many book bloggers now use Instagram to promote their book coverage on their blogs. So not only should writers be on there to build a personal platform, writers should also be on there building a community to help promote their book when the time comes. Below are some tips from book bloggers and “bookstagrammers” that will help explain these concepts.

And, you can follow me on Instagram to get a taste of a visual bookish life: @carlywatters

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