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Plenty Fish By Sarah James Book Launch


I was delighted to make Sarah’s launch for her latest book, Plenty Fish – published by Nine Arches Press on the 12th September at Park’s Café. I was already on a high from leading my first WWM group in Worcester.

It was a great night hosted by Fergus McGonigal.


with Mike Alma, Kathy Gee, Ian Glass, Holly Magill performing their poetry too.


Lots of top class poetry and a wonderful set by Sarah.

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It was a great night, I can’t wait to read this collection.

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Photographs Justin Leavesley © 2015

Getting Poetry Published – A Workshop by Jane Commane- Birmingham Literature Festival


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We are nearly at the end of all my articles about the Birmingham Literature Festival.

BLF Poetry workshop in publishing with Jane Commane – Editor, Nine Arches Press.

I had looked forward to this poetry workshop since I booked it in August. Sometime in early October, I was worried that I had perhaps booked onto a workshop for poet’s at an earlier stage in their careers. It was all about getting published and I have been published since 1991.

I originally thought it might be a good way of finding out up to date information and getting research without having to research. Lots has changed in the world of publishing since 2003, when I last wrote and was published.

The day finally came (after 3 days of full time work, travelling, planting the garden with Spring flowers, a book launch, an afternoon film and an evening poetry performance) I was really tired. I overslept. Snoozed through all alarms and was only woken by Mr G phoning me (coincidentally). I literally had 20 minutes to get up and ready and out on the road. I prayed that I would make it in time and find parking!

If it had been a free event I think I would have missed it and gone back to bed, but I couldn’t!

It was a great workshop (again the small poetry world) out of the handful of attendees I had met 2 of them at the writers network meeting a few weekends ago. We had some time to look at poetry magazines and a few names were dropped that I have highlighted in my notebook for some additional research. As far as the rest of the workshop – it consolidated what I already knew.

I already have a published track record and what I am attempting currently is to get some more up to date poetry published for the CV and then I am going to write my own collection.

It was fun, I feel right at home in writing workshops. writingrut

Art in the Heart – Book Launch – Birmingham Literature Festival


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Art in the Heart

Ikon Gallery book launch

Art in the Heart was a joint venture between art galleries and poets. Five commissioned local poets and five people who had their work selected from workshops they had attended with Philip Monks.

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They created a book of images and poems from over 20 Arts venues in the region.

The evening at the Gallery celebrated the book launch. I bought a copy. It is diverse and thought provoking. – I quite like the challenge of using the artwork in the book to create my own series of poems. blf art heart book

We heard about the project from guest speakers including the man responsible for actually producing the book. As passionate about typography as writers are about language and words!

Then were treated to 10 of the poets performing their work, upstairs in the gallery.

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It was a long way to go for such a short event. I think it was worth it too.

One of the poets published in this collection was Jane Commane (Editor at Nine Arches) and leader of the workshop I booked for Poetry Publishing. I completed all my own research the first time around. So much has changed if there are opportunities to hear others talk about it, I will.

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The evening started with a drinks reception and was a wonderful experience. I even managed to get a special Literature Festival biro.

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