I cannot believe we are only one month from the end of the 2014! This month has been busy and lots has been going on both in terms of writing and life (not that I usually separate the two).
Blog & Projects
With only two months of 52 remaining I am making effort to actually post my poems in the group and receive feedback and editing support. I wish I had more time for this amazing project but I have been ‘on the road’ a lot this year and with one thing and another have not always found time to work on the poems as much as I would have liked. Those half baked 52 poems have never seen the light of day on the site as the intention is not workshop standard poetry.
I do plan to plug the gaps in 2015 – especially as I presume there won’t be 52 as a weekly event anymore, so I should have time to work on them.
I continue to work on a big project of my own, which I hope will reach daylight by 2015/16!
Paragram have sent proof copies and orders are already stacking up for the ‘Remember’ Anthology – featuring my poem ‘Picasso of Dance’.
I only made two submissions this month, I also finished my Hanbury Hall Poems for our Poetry Society/Stanza group. We are still not sure how these poems will be used, but I will keep you posted.
After a year of open mics and events I have decided to spend the next 12 months on writing focus. This does not mean that I will not perform, it only means I will perform less, saving a fortune in transport costs and allowing more time to write. This year I have especially enjoyed seeking out special events to be part of, finding these opportunities is a priority in 2015. I have enjoyed managing 6 performances, a workshop and a book launch instead of 9- 12 open mics and my writing has been far more productive with the extra time I have gifted myself.
Coventry Nightblue Fruit with Cork Poets at the Big Comfy Bookshop – Adam Wyeth, Cal Doyle & Kathy D’Arcy.
Mouth & Music at the BHG – Boars Head with Fergus McGonigal & Humdrum Express
Medical Themed Quiet Compere at the Strand, Cheltenham with Sarah L Dixon
Poetry Bites – Kitchen Garden Café Birmingham
A group of contributors to the Restless Bones Poetry Anthology formed the Headline act at this event.
16 Days of Activism -Library of Birmingham
Events & Workshops
Workshop with Emma Purshouse, Bilston Art Gallery, Craft & Conflict
Book Launch – The Failed Idealist’s Guide to the Tatty Truth By Fergus McGonigal
WWM – Writing West Midlands – Young Writing Group & Mentoring