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A Tale of Two Cities Project Go Ahead!

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Since July I have been working on a Transatlantic Poetry Project with members of the Poetry Society in Worcester Massachusetts. Finally the proposal has been agreed and the next stage of acquiring poets to buddy up has begun.

An exciting Christmas gift! Find out more about TToTC project here.

 

 

Worcestershire Poet Laureate

INKSPILL: Gaia Harper and the Foyle Young Poets Prize

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You met our Guest Writer, Gaia Harper, you read she won the Foyle Young Poet prize in 2015. Here’s where you find out about the competition and hear a BBC Radio interview Gaia excitedly managed when she was in London for the prize giving last year.


Every year, 15 young people across the country are selected as top winners of the Foyle Young Poets competition. In 2015 judged by esteemed poets Liz Berry and Michael Symmons Roberts. There were thousands of entries from all over the world.

The winning entries were anthologised in Wolves of Normality

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You can read them here

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest award for writers aged 11-17. It welcomes poems on any theme and entry is completely FREE.

Since it began the Award has kick-started the career of some of today’s most exciting new voices. Past winners include Sarah Howe, Helen Mort and Caroline Bird.

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The Guardian also publish the winning poems, read them all here https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/oct/08/foyle-young-poets-winners-2015-poetry-day


 

RADIO INTERVIEW with Gaia Harper

Gaia-Rose Harper is interviewed by BBC Radio Shropshire on National Poetry Day about her prize-winning poem ‘Columbia Calling’. Gaia-Rose’s poem was chosen from over 12000 entries from 69 countries as one of the 15 winners of the 2015 Foyle Young Poets Award.

In the photo, Gaia-Rose gets her picture taken with poet Liz Berry, one of the judges of the competition.

 

This year they received over 10,000 entries. The judges were Malika Booker and W.N. Herbert. Find out more about the 2016 results here

Just Stanza

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I have missed the past couple of Stanza meetings, due to events in Birmingham. This month the Stanza meeting also clashed with an event in Birmingham, however I have missed not going to the poetry society meetings, so I turned down the opportunity to perform in the city and stayed local instead.

It was just 2 days before my birthday – so I bought a cake to take to the meeting and made STANZA (much to the amusement of others) my first BIRTHDAY event!

I had a really enjoyable evening and felt right at home editing and taking criticism on board. It is good to be back. I already have my poem ready for our next meeting!

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A Great Night at Stanza

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I missed Stanza last month, both actually and emotionally.

It was great to see everyone (or most people) tonight. I found my editing hat a bit of a tight fit – but got into it after a while.
Mark hosted another lovely night complete with party spread (home-made Victoria Sponge mmmmmmm!) and I had some help with a new poems about Starlings that I wrote this afternoon.
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A great night was had by all and I look forward to working on my Starling poem next week!

Stanza #5 17.1.14

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What a fabulous night! The biggest turn out to a Poetry Society Meeting our Stanza has had. 14 of us, it was a good job Ian’s sitting room was large enough to accommodate us all. It was lovely wishing everyone new year and working on our latest offerings.

And two members Kathy Gee and Jenna had received Highly Commended for poetry pamphlets they had submitted. As this is my next step it was great to hear how close they both came.

I had my happy news to share too about the Writing Assistant job.

A great night of poeting!

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Jam Packed Friday!

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alarm-clockI worked all day and had great fun, then I came home for about half an hour, ate food (nothing much left for lunch) and then got ready to see friends in town with Mr G.
Then came home had some proper food and was out to Stanza – fortunately with a lift (thank you Ian), so no navigation problems although it took us a while to park.

An inspiring evening with such a great mix of material and wonderful goodies spread (thanks Mark) I gained a lot of helpful advice from tonight’s session and was even able to offer some valuable criticism to others.pencil paper freestock

Tonight I have hopped online to catch up on the blog, write for some challenges and read other entries across blogs that I have neglected due to time constraints/ NaNoWriMo!

I have managed a new FWF – Freewrite Fridayfwf-badge-pink
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reading/ blogging across the WP community. laptop

It will be bedtime soon and the real writing work will start tomorrow! 🙂 lanegan 011

A Night With Poets

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Tonight I attended my 3rd Poetry Society Stanza Meeting, once again thanks for getting us there Ian Glass, I take great pleasure in not having to drive sometimes. I took along one of the latest PAD challenge poems and received some great advice and editing tips once again.

It was a lovely relaxed evening and I managed to stay awake (on my 1 hour post work power kip) I had squeezed in before getting ready to go. Thank you Sarah Leavesley for hosting – it was a great night.

I even got away with the size 9 font (attempting to fit the whole poem on one sheet!)

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My Second Stanza

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Thank you to Ian Glass for wonderful hosting this evening and Claire Walker for the lift, which meant I could enjoy a glass of wine with poetry. (Perfect combo!) My first meeting, last month, I read my poem last and sat with butterflies for almost the entire night. This time I got to go first. Which, as it turns out, is equally nerve wracking!

Both poems were chosen from Picture It and Write challenges and both poems were about ‘Stage shows’… if I am not careful I will become known as that poet who sets all her poems on a stage! (Now you know what Shakespeare meant…. all the world’s a stage…) This couldn’t be further from the truth of what my poetry is.

Still as I haven’t written a new poem for several weeks, these seemed like good choices. I am grateful for the supportive comments and criticism and now feel I can edit my writing into a better poem – before I perform it at Drummonds 42 in a fortnight for Halloween!

It was a great evening!

I am now working on finding material for Wednesday – I only need one poem and I have something in mind, I am going to Stratford-Upon-Avon to watch the The Mildly Erotic Poetry Tour from Emmapress, a book launch with a difference! Mildly-Erotic-Poetry-Tour Which includes some open mic spots, although by the sounds of the email there are many of us trying to clamber onto the stage, this does mean that we all only get to perform 1 poem – that’s fine by me!

A Day as a Writer

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plannerYou have no idea how excited I am, it has been over 2 weeks since I had a day to myself to freelance and work on my action plan!

Yesterday I only worked a half day and hoped to get producing. However, our internet has been non-existent due to a pesky mouse (of the electronic variety) and actually my online time was spent catching up with emails and blog posts.

I did manage to choose a poem for tonight, but I had hoped to write  a new one.

Now I can!

550px-Overcome-Lack-of-Motivation-Step-2I have been up and online catching up in Blogland for nearly two hours and it’s not even 9:30 – I plan to spend the rest of the morning working through emails and action plans, peppered with a few breaks and possibly some beckoning household chores!

After lunch I plan to spend some time with poetry pen in hand and later this evening I am going to my second Stanza (Poetry Society) meeting, where I have a spooky-ish poem in need of some help, once polished it will form part of my set for Drummonds the week after next.

I also need to email some writers to ask for permissions for references to their material during our INKSPILL Writing Weekend Retreat (Oct25th-27th)

 

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Also – UPDATE of EXCITEMENT

Earlier on this year I submitted some work to Emmapress for an anthology of slightly erotic poetry, turned out I got a little carried away (thank-you EL James!) and my material would have been better suited for an erotic poetry anthology in the end. (Maybe if I am brave enough!)

Anyway the publishers have received a grant from the Arts Council to run a tour during the book launch. I am hoping to go to a performance in Stratford next week and am keeping my fingers crossed for a workshop opportunity in Oxford next month. Which sounds more like a poetry clinic where we take a poem and work on it. But will be perfectly timed to work on some more of mine, well 1, we are allowed to take 1 poem.

And there’s more…. the Stratford show has an Open Mic (yes, you know what’s coming next!) I have signed up – again it is just a 1 poem slot but I get to practise one of my poems for SpeakEasy next month! I only hope they have room for one more.

I need to spend some time this weekend trying to learn the -so-far-set-list off by heart!

Exciting times!

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Whilst checking my email this afternoon I have had confirmation of both. A seat & slot in Stratford-Upon-Avon 1 of 6 places on the Oxford Workshop!