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Contour Issue 2 LOVE


Finally it is LOVE LIVE… Issue 2 Contour Worcestershire Poet Laureate Magazine.

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Contour Issue 2It is here! It is here! It is FINALLY here! 

The first issue of Contour was 33 pages and took 9 hours to format. I thought that experience was tough. This issue was framed before submissions closed to give me a head start on production and the poetry element has only ever needed a little tweaking – it was the rest of the pages that tumbled on top of each other through conversion. 

I gave up on new-added-page-numbers after the 7th attempt caused major rearrangement of titles and headings. 

I stopped counting after 19 hours but it has been an incredible labour of love… and here it is ^^^ as if none of this happened! 

All shiny and new and packed with over 50 pages of poetry, news, interviews and more. 

Please share it widely and thanks once again for submitting your work. 


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A New Year A New Idea!


Send me your favourite poems – just the title and poet.

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Welcome to 2018! 

I would like to compile a list of favourite poems to appear in the next issue of Contour – the Worcester Poet Laureate Digital Magazine. The next issue is the Love Issue and is due out in February. 

You can still submit until the 1st February – check out the full guidelines.

Your Favourite Poems

I know, it is an almost impossible task to choose just one poem but that is all you need to do. 

Comment on this thread Title of Poem and Poet. Or if you prefer you can email worcspl[at]gmail[dot]com with Favourite Poem in the subject line. 

emotions-2915279_1920You have until the 5th February 9 PM to get your poem on the list. 

Happy New Year!


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Trick or Treat? TREAT!


Happy Halloween.
I created a Poetry Film from our submissions and have also let some Flash Fiction in…
head on over before it gets dark!

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monster-2644324_1920Happy Halloween! 

Earlier this month I opened a call for submissions. I need to add a timed deadline, I am guilty myself of making last minute submissions, however this project inspired me to make a surprise poetry film which was a wrap by teatime.

The original deadline was extended to get work in – and then, well it flew down the chimney like a scene from Harry Potter! 

Halloween Prose PoetryWith this in mind and the fact that I did something crazy, as a poet laureate (enthused by a brilliant lively and brimming with story, 42) – I invited Flash Fiction to join the ranks. So those of you who love a spooky tale will love this.

It was never my intention to produce a film with the Flashes, so they are published here along with accepted poetry that I pipped to the post in cutting room! 

Huge thanks, as always for…

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INKSPILL – Be Remote




In previous years Writing Quizzes have proved popular on INKSPILL. I want you to have a little fun this morning so head over to remote associates and try the creativity test.





The INKSPILL Bookshop is open ALL HOURS. 

Our Guest Writers give their time for free and in return we give them the Bookshop. Please order their books, you will not be disappointed. 


thenagasakielderversionfront £9.99 or £11.50 with P&P

the dreaded boy £5.00 £10.99

Additional copies of some titles which have now SOLD OUT are available here

Costs including P&P (Signed copies)

My Father’s Eyes Were Blue £9.50

The Dreaded Boy £7.00

The I loved England £12.50

Margaret Thatcher’s Museum £7.00



tell mistakes £6.50 or £7.50 including P&P


Remembrance Poetry Open Submissions


World Mental Health Day in Poetry


World Mental Health Day in Poetry.

With added artwork by Sow Ay.

My story is to follow…

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Back in late September I put an open call for poetry submissions out across social media. I am grateful to all the poets for submitting their work. 

Mental Health is an issue close to my heart, something I have battled myself. I know many creative people suffer mental health issues. The theme this year was Mental Health in the workplace and in my case this is where/how the slippery slope began. I have added a link to my own story as it involves POETRY in a major way. (Link to follow.)

There are an increasing number of poetry books available which deal with these issues and those you can read to help ease the strain of difficult times in your life. I have added links at the bottom of the post for websites of interest connected to these issues. 

I hope you share this post across social…

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Happy National Poetry Day!


Happy National Poetry Day!

Poet Laureate


Celebrate Poetry Today (and every day)!

The official Worcestershire NPD event this year, as I listed on the website is Voices of 1919 tickets are £8.00 and available from Malvern Theatres. 

Ten Cottages – Malvern Festival: Voices of 1919

front-cover-voices-of-1919As Worcestershire Poet Laureate I did not feel I could let this day pass without marking it in some way. Submissions opened for National Poetry Day poems on the theme of Freedom earlier this month. Huge gratitude for sending your poems this way. 




A street in the oldest city,
spices, sellotape, shovel handles,
St Paul apparently, light streaming in;

a boy leans from a car,
English? he asks,
shakes my hand;

on an ancient terrace
a man serves tea
with razor-sharp humour;

a young lad recites in Aramaic,
– his tourist trick – but
two thousand years shrink;

a jeweller mentions Didsbury,
a church, Armenian restaurant,
I know them well;

a shopkeeper selling blankets,
prints and plates speaks
fluent Polish;

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World Mental Health Day


Send your poems for World Mental Health Day.

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Opportunities for You

World Mental Health Day 10th October

Poems about or in support of Mental Health 

Stamp-out-stigma-time-to-change-bannerOpen submissions for poetry either about mental health issues or in support of those suffering from them. Max 40 lines, 1-3 poems, in the body of an email sent to

Entries are open to anyone, anywhere in the world. 

Deadline 8th October. 

Selected poems will appear on the website in support of World Mental Health Day on the 10th October. 


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Meet your Worcestershire Poet Laureate at Droitwich Library this week!


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This Friday – July 28th – as part of Droitwich Artsfest, our current Poet Laureate, Nina Lewis, will be the Artist in Residence at Droitwich Library.

In this role Nina will be appearing at Droitwich library from 10am – 12pm, where she will be writing poetry, chatting to the public, and offering a whole host of creative activities for you lovely folks to engage with, too!

If you’re a budding poet, or a parent looking for a fabulous morning activity for your little ones – or perhaps even a glorious mixture of all of the above – then Nina has just the thing for you.


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