2018 AWF

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————— January—————

Read the full review here.

January started slowly after a gift of 3 weeks off over Christmas/December. I started the year unwell and was forced to take things a bit easy. It was a good month for publication and a very active month of research and organisation. I also had a Festival appearance and was a Book Launch Guest Poet.


Human Published in Isabelle Keyon’s Mind Charity Anthology ‘Please Hear What I Am Not Saying’.

‘A Hands on Approach’, a NaPoWriMo poem from 2017 is being published in Diverse Verse 3, a charity anthology edited by Richard Archer.

‘Ripped’ is being published for the 2nd time in the Me Too# Anthology Collection edited by Deborah Alma and published by Fairacre Press. My poem is on the website compiled by Vik Bennett editor of Wild Women Press.


The Awkward People Book Launch, Suz Winspear – Black Pear Press, Guest Poet. Worcester. Other Guest Poets: Holly Magill & Kevin Brooke and Kieran Davis.

Poetry is Life Series – Colour, Shade & Light. A reading with actors at Kempe Studio in Stratford-upon-Avon with Cordula Kempe and Angela France.

Wolverhampton Literature Festival

WoLF Collective – a reading from Fragile Houses at an event including Sophie Sparham, Laura Liptrot, Maurice Malcolm & Rosina Trotman.



Licensed to Rhyme, Barnt Green.

Permission to Speak, Stourbridge

SpeakEasy, Worcester.

Poetry Bites, Birmingham.

42, Worcester.



British Council Literature Roadshow



WWM Spark Young Writer Group, The Hive, Worcester.



Cheltenham Poetry Festival Marketing.

Gifted & Talented Inter-school Workshop meeting.



I researched Arts Funding for my Australian Festival appearance.



I continued to organise the Sculpture Trail Poetry Exhibition for the Jinney Ring and find a venue for a Spring reading of this work.

A Tale of Two Cities Transatlantic Poetry Project was in full swing with poetry partnerships between the UK & USA.

BBC Hereford & Worcester Radio Slot with Tammy Gooding.

Started planning World Poetry Day – my only official event on the WPL remit.

Worked on Issue 2 Contour – Love Issue.


————— February —————

Read the full review here.

February was exceptionally busy with Poetry Festival, Official Festival Blogger duties, WMRN Reader in Residence work, Room 204, an Arts Grant application & WPL projects including: editing the 2nd issue of Contour Poetry Magazine and working on the Transatlantic Poetry project ATOTC, editing and proof reading, Inter-school Poetry Workshops for Gifted & Talented pupils, Guest Blogs, Suffragette Workshops, preparations for World Poetry Day WPL Event.

And perhaps, most exciting of all… I booked my flights for Australia – where I will be appearing as an International Guest Poet at the Perth Poetry Festival. (WAP – Western Australian Poets.)

I also wrote my 3rd book endorsement.

And somewhere in the midst of it all was Mr. G’s birthday and Valentine’s Day!





Verve Poetry Festival – Homegrown



SpeakEasy, Worcester

The Caffe Grande Slam



Verve Poetry Festival – Official Festival Blogger 15th – 18th

Extended BBC Hereford& Worcester Radio Interview & Love Poetry discussion.



Facilitated How to Write a Book Review Workshop as WMRN Reader in Residence at Rugby Library.

Suffragette Workshop (WPL) at The Hive, Worcester.

WWM Spark Young Writers Group, Worcester.

Angela F


Gifted & Talented Inter School Poetry Workshop


Worcester LitFest Committee

Final Room 204 Mentor Meeting with Jonathan Davidson

Jinney Ring to finalise Poetry Exhibition






Editing & publishing Contour Issue 2 – The Love Issue.

ATOTC – Editing/ proof reading

Poetry workshops: Inter-school Poetry Workshops for Gifted & Talented pupils at Bromsgrove School & a Suffragette Workshop at The Hive- Worcester, poems from this workshop will form a poetry collection to mark 100 Years since Votes for Women.

Preparations for World Poetry Day WPL Event.


————— March —————

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————— April —————

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————— May —————

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————— June —————

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————— December —————

We come to the end of 2017 and what a year it has been. A full round up of highlights can be read here.

I did a lot of events management, even before the honour of becoming Worcestershire Poet Laureate I was busy with paired collaboration resulting in a published poem, organising a collaborative poetry show, 30-40-60 which premiered at Worcester LitFest in June, organising a V. Press Collective for a reading in the Stourbridge Literature Festival, organising ArtsFest for DAN including a day of poets and an evening performance.

I was fortunate enough to bag some residencies too. My first at a library as Poet in Residence, the second through West Midlands Readers’ Network as Reader in Residence in Rugby Library.

I continued to tour Fragile Houses and we had a 2nd print run having SOLD OUT of all original copies.

I performed at Festivals including: Wolverhampton Literature Festival, Verve Poetry Festival (open mic opps), Stourbridge Literature Festival, Worcester LitFest, Evesham Festival of Words, Watch Out Worcester, Droitwich ArtsFest, LakeFest, Worcester Festival, SALT Festival, Birmingham Literature Festival, Swindon Poetry Festival and my poems appeared at the BIGLit Festival in Scotland. I was also due to perform at Cheltenham Poetry Festival – now booked for 2018 and asked to be an International Guest next year at Perth Poetry Festival.

I performed at Free Verse, London Book Fair with V. Press and had several commissioned performances including: Baldy presents Kings & Queens of Comedy, Poetry Ballroom with Suz Winspear (WPL) and DanceFest, Buildings Talk – Hospital Histories, Credo, Elgar Poetry Event & Adam Speaks Croome Court.

I was accepted on the 2017/18 cohort for Writing West Midlands Room 204 Writer Development programme, crowned Worcestershire Poet Laureate and became a reader in residence for WMRN.

DAN Rhys

Poet Laureate

in June: I developed a blog WPL to promote all things Laureate, appeared in much of the Worcester LitFest programme, organised poets to perform at Salt King 200 celebrations at Chateau Impney, completed a 48 hour project to publish an anthology to mark World Refugee Day.

In July: I started my BBC Hereford & Worcester radio slots with Tammy Gooding, had my official PL T-shirt, worked on a European Twin Town Poetry Project, performed at Artsfest, Evesham Festival of Words & Watch Out Worcester and organised a Transatlantic Poetry Project.

In August: I performed at LakeFest, Salt Festival and Worcester Festival. I opened submissions for Contour a digital poetry magazine.

In September: I facilitated workshops on the Sculpture Trail at the Jinney Ring, Headlined SpeakEasy, was commissioned to write 3 poems for Unremembered WW1 Project and compiled an anthology of Freedom poems to celebrate National Poetry Day.

In October: I produced the first issue of Contour ‘Places’ including poems about Worcestershire, I facilitated an Ekphrastic Poetry Project with Hanbury Hall (NT) & DAN Exhibition, created an anthology of poetry for World Mental Health Awareness Day, performed at Mental Health Event at Cafe Bliss, created a Halloween Poetry Film from open submissions and facilitated a children’s poetry workshop with LITtleFest for Halloween. Commissioned to write poems on Elgar.

In November: The Ekphrastic Poetry Project culminated in a performance with Art show, an exhibition of the work is planned for next year. I did two talks one at Worcester University and the other for a U3A group. I compiled an International Remembrance Anthology which resulted in the most submissions made to date. Organised school and community workshops for 2018.

In December: A Tale of Two Cities the Transatlantic poetry project launched with 46 poets 23 from UK & 23 from USA taking part, submissions opened for Contour Issue 2 the Love one.

Contour Issue 2 Preview

My review of December can be found here.


I entered the Amaryllis Christmas Poetry Competition. In the past I have rarely entered competitions.

I submitted 3 poems for a special reading event.

1 poem submitted for the Diverse Verse Anthology.


Yes We Cant – Walsall

Dear Listener – Worcester

Grizzly Pear – Birmingham


Haiku Poetry Slam at Grizzly Pear – Placed 2nd.

BRUM Radio Interview – BRUM Radio Poets

Claire Walker’s Book Launch – Somewhere Between Rose & Black

Poem on display at Maltstones Exhibition


Workshop, Cheltenham

Light & Colour Workshop with Angela France, Stratford


WWM Spark Writers, Worcester


My final event happened in November, I took 2 weeks off in December and it was an intentionally quieter month which gave me time to focus and launch ATOTC – A Tale of Two Cities the Transatlantic Poetry Project.

————— November —————

It pains me to strikethrough November because it means 2017 is nearly over!

Another busy month, I finally started submitting poetry again after a 5 month hiatus where I became an Arts Festival Events Manager, Room 204 Writer, WPL and was generally producing work for commission and performance. I even came up with the next BIG idea this month. I produced my final event as WPL for 2017 and worked on a Remembrance Anthology and started taking bookings for next year. Adam Speaks also drew to an end (a project I have been involved with since April). I also had my first official engagement at Rugby Library since becoming the Reader in Residence in September.

You can read the full review here.


I sent 10 submissions this month. 3 have been rejected already, 1 of those was shortlisted at least. 4 published.

Three commissioned poems appeared in The Unremembered WW1 A Living Memory Project published by Black Pear Press.

For fun last month (Oct.) 42 we had a 2nd secret theme which was connected to the night I missed in November, so inspired was Polly Stretton by the whole secret conspiracy (the work of one Mr Kieran Davis) that she produced a small pamphlet of the poetry written for that evening, in which my poem appears.

My poem for the Adam Speaks Installation at Croome Court ‘Tree House’ is displayed in the exhibition area.


Elgar Poetry Evening – Elgar School of Music – Peter Sutton 11th

Hanbury Hall Poetry & Art, Parks Cafe, Droitwich – 14th 



SpeakEasy, Worcester 9th

Licensed to Rhyme, Barnt Green – 13th

Poetry Cafe Refreshed, Cheltenham – 15th

Poetry Bites, Birmingham – 28th

42, Worcester – 29th



Uncorked, Bottles Worcester –  2nd

HOWL, Birmingham – 8th

HIT THE ODE, Birmingham – 16th

V.I.P Launch Party – Verve Festival, Birmingham – 20th 

Adam Speaks Launch – Croome Court – 25th 



Cheltenham – 4th

Reader in Residence – Workshop – Writing a Book Review WMRN Rugby Library – 30th



WWM Spark Writers, Worcester – 18th

The Basement Project – Community Workshops – 21st



Talk – Worcester University, Creative Writing Society – 6th

Talk – U3A Worcester – 10th 

Elgar Poetry Evening – Elgar School of Music – Peter Sutton 11th

Remembrance Anthology – WPL – 12th

Hanbury Hall Poetry & Art, Parks Cafe, Droitwich – 14th 



————— October —————

October was another exceptionally busy month (let’s face it – they are all busy)! At least I tried to avoid several bookings on the same day (unlike last month). Traditionally it is always a busy month with poetry/Literary festivals, Swindon and Birmingham and of course, INKSPILL our annual online Writing Retreat, which I had been working on since August.

I was also busy working on the first Worcestershire Poet Laureate magazine ‘Contour’ and writing for a commissioned performance at Elgar School of Music. My main WPL project was the Hanbury Hall project with the DAN Exhibition & Ekphrastic Poetry.

I also produced two anthology projects one for World Mental Health Day – which remains open to submissions until the end of my Laureateship (June 2018) and the other a bit of fun for Halloween, which in part was made as a poetry film and… a Halloween Workshop for children as part of the WLF LITtlefest event.

I unfortunately picked up the ‘Swindon Lurgy’ and missed most of the Birmingham Literature Festival for the first year since I started this writing leap in 2013, gutted doesn’t cover it!

Read the full review here



Swindon Poetry Festival V Formation Poets of V. Press – with Stephen Daniels, Gram Joel Davies and Nina Lewis, 5th 

Mental Health Day Cafe Bliss, SpeakEasy Special, 14th



Swindon Poetry Festival, POEMS ALOUD Artsite, Number Nine Gallery, Theatre Square 5th

Swindon Poetry Festival, Open Mic ‘Magic’, 8th

Licensed to Rhyme, Barnt Green (new venue Cafe Moreso), 9th

42 Halloween Special, Worcester 25th



Swindon Poetry Festival, Poetry Films, Artsite, Number Nine Gallery, Theatre Square 5th

Swindon Poetry Festival Reading (Resident Poets) Daljit Nagra, Tania Hershman & Jacqui Saphra, 5th

SPF ‘Strange Days’ Open Mic, 6th

SPF Readings with Sue Rose, Emma Simon and Simon Williams, 6th

SPF Poetry Primers with Ben Bransfield, Cynthia Miller and Marvin Thompson, 6th

SPF ‘Happiness’ Open Mic, 7th

SPF Poets & Publishers Talk led by Carrie Etter with poetry editors, Amy Wack and Mary Jean Chan, 7th

SPF Mad & Glow –  Jacqueline Saphra and Tania Hershman, 7th

SPF Battered Moons with Malika Booker, 7th

SPF Readings with  Rishi Dastidar, Jessica Mookherjee & Camilla Nelson, 8th

SPF Readings with Melissa Lee-Houghton, Daniel Sluman & Alex Josephy, 8th

SPF Festival Finale with Mab Jones, A. F. Harold, Edward Day, Inua Elams, and George Fell, 8th

SPF Poetry Brunchfast & Farewell with resident poets Daljit Nagra, Tania Hershman & Jacqui Saphra, 9th

Birmingham Literature Festival, Hollie McNish, supported by Joe Cook 15th

Stablemates, Birmingham 18th

Spark YW, WWM 21st

Stanza, 27th

INKSPILL Online Writing Retreat 28-29th Guest Writers Stephen Daniels & Antony Owen




Swindon Poetry Festival, The Dynamic Poem Daljit Nagra, 6th

Swindon Poetry Festival, Being Political Daljit Nagra, 7th

Swindon Poetry Festival, Call & Response Rishi Dastidar, 8th

Halloween event LITlefest WLF at St. John’s Library, Children’s Poetry Workshop, 28th 



Elgar Poetry Performance coordinated by Peter Sutton with Lesley Ingram, Nina Lewis & Michael W. Thomas for 11th November.



Hanbury Hall Poetry Project 10th – 29th and beyond.

Hereford & Worcester BBC Radio with Tammy Gooding, ‘First Steps’, 25th

Halloween event LITlefest WLF at St. John’s Library, Children’s Poetry Workshop, 28th 

Contour WPL Poetry Magazine Issue 1, 29th 

Hanbury Hall End of Exhibition Poetry at the Celebration with Nina Lewis & Competition Winner, Polly Stretton, 30th 


————— September —————

It was this month that I realised (thanks to social media memories) I have only been a Poet for 4 years, so I am in my Olympic year, not working towards the 2nd games. This will not make any sense if you have recently started reading the blog – check this link out… https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/the-olympic-year-the-story-so-far/

This gives me as much excitement as realising I am the youngest Worcestershire Poet Laureate!

Read the full review here

This month the Reader is Residence post I was appointed through West Midlands Readers’ Network (August) got into full swing. After initial meetings in Warwickshire, I visited Rugby Art Gallery, Museum & Library to have a good look around and meet the team. We discussed the role and the visions of the library and I went away with a notebook of ideas and work. It is going to be fun! I follow in some mighty footsteps created by Readers in Residence: Jean Atkin, Andy Killeen (2014) and Deborah Alma (2015). My residency officially starts in November and runs until March 2018.

I facilitated my first workshop in 12 years at the Jinney Ring with the Sculpture Trail. This workshop sold out in August and was planned as a WPL event. It was superb and the poems that I have read since are quality. We will have an exhibition and reading of this work in 2018.

I did my first Talk as a poet for Evesham Festival of Words, at the Library as part of the Second Friday Stories series with Sue Johnson. This was booked in July and I had been nervously looking forward to it. The other speakers were Tom Bryson, a local Crime Writer and Ashleigh Jayes. It was a great morning.

I spent a few weeks organising an event for the SALT Festival in Droitwich. A Poetry Event with local poets at the Canal Side Studios in the Square. Unfortunately the weather was set to torrential rain and so footfall was low. It was a fun afternoon though and some people got to hear poems who perhaps wouldn’t have otherwise.



Headline Permission to Speak, Claptrap Stourbridge, 13th

Headline SpeakEasy, Cafe Bliss, Worcester, 14th

Room 204 Edmunds Bar, Birmingham 23rd

Birmingham Literature Festival – Literary Allsorts, 27th

Credo (Commission) Creative Synergy, Malvern 29th 

FREE VERSE, Poetry Book Fair, V. Press Reading with Stephen Daniels & Nina Lewis, 30th





Antony Owen’s book launch of The Nagasaki Elder, Inspire Cafe, Coventry 7th

Guest Speaker/Talk: Second Friday Stories, Evesham Library, 8th 

Spark Young Writers WWM, Worcester, 16th

National Poetry Day Voices of 1919 – Malvern, 28th





Warwickshire WMRN 7th

Rugby Library WMRN 19th

Stanza, 22nd



SALT DAY/ Salt Festival Poetry Performance Event, St. Andrew’s Square, 9th 

Janet King Twin Town Association, Artrix 13th 

Hereford & Worcester BBC Radio with Tammy Gooding, ‘Not on the High Street’ 13th

Sculpture Workshop Jinney Ring, Hanbury, 18th 



————— August —————

Read the full review here

August was a month of success and balance. Some of my time off came in guise of Birthdays and holidays and I appreciated taking a break. When you do something you love it is all too easy to get so involved that those closest to you do not get a look in. This balance is something I am seeking to amend.

Whilst on holiday I had to send a signed contract, took a call about a radio interview and received news that my WMRN application was successful and I was to work as a Reader in Residence with Rugby Library. They may have heard my whoops for joy from the South West coast! Apart from that I packed my inbox away and switched the internet off!

I had to turn down some workshop work as I was only just back from holiday and knew that energy levels wouldn’t allow it, I was also all too aware of what happens on British motorways during the summer and didn’t like to risk accepting an event that I may have been unable to attend.

I wrote my WPL proposal for a Twin City (Transatlantic) Project, now in the hands of a committee. I wrote my first Blog post as WPL and it was decided that I need to create monthly content to make this feasible, rather than quarterly as there is only so much text readers can concentrate on!

I received confirmation that I will be reading at Free Verse, Poetry Book Fair London in September for V. Press and I ticked ‘Festival Poet’ off my non-existent poetry ambitions list! I sent off another application for 2018. Fingers crossed.

I started to organise a poetry event for Salt Fest (September) and took a commission for writing (WPL). I also continued to work on my WPL Twin Town Project.



Lakefest Poetry Tent, 12th August 

Lakefest – Lot of Laureates,

Lakefest – SpeakEasy,

Lakefest – Poetry Brothel

Poetry Event with Ben Parker at Huntingdon Hall, Worcester Festival 23rd

Pre-Book Launch Voices in the Shadows, Artefacts, Birmingham 25th



Bridgnorth Arts Festival Poetry Event at the Friars, 21st



Lakefest The Anti-Poet, 12th

Tammy Gooding WPL Radio Slot BBC Hereford & Worcester – ‘Animal Agents’ 14th

WLF Committee Meeting, 14th

Launch Event Sculpture Trail Jinney Ring, 25th


————— July —————

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This month I continued with the Adam Speaks Croome Court, NT project through Room 204 Writer Development Programme, Writing West Midlands. We had an intense day workshop with Chris Alton, the lead Artist on the project.


I took part in Evesham Festival of Words as Worcestershire Poet Laureate, these public appearances as the Laureate still seem surreal. There were plenty more opportunities this month and by the end of July I stopped turning around to see the Laureate when someone mentioned it!

It was also Ledbury Poetry Festival & most excitingly I finally met Helen Ivory & Martin Figura and I took bookings for 2018!

I have temporarily stopped submitting work as I am at full capacity organising events and festival work. I am involved in many projects and plans are underway for some exciting WPL work.

Taking my foot off the submission pedal was not a conscious decision. I am writing for commissions and have little natural inspiration at the moment. It is not that I find writing difficult, more that I am not finding the writing. I am not stressing over this lack of output, there is only so much one can do and my focus is elsewhere. I have planned some writing time for the summer and know that the submission sheet will be filled out again soon.

In the meantime my writing has taken the form of proposals and applications. Base work for something much bigger. Excitingly my 2nd endorsement was finally submitted.



Poetry Walk, Evesham Festival of Words, 2nd

Guest Spot Licensed to Rhyme (WPL), 3rd

Headline Uncorked, Worcester 6th

Chapel Lates, Cheltenham 12th

George Marshall Medical Museum Buildings Talk, Hospital Histories, 13th

Droitwich Arts Festival Poetry Day – Poets in the Square, 22nd

Poetry Extravaganza Park’s Cafe, 22nd

Watch Out Worcester, DanceFest collaboration with Suz Winspear, WPL slot, 22nd



Open Poetry Walsall Arboretum PIPKA Fundraiser Refugee Families, 16th

42 Drummonds, Worcester 26th



Adam Speaks Croome Court NT Project through Room 204, 1st

Tammy Gooding WPL Radio Slot BBC Hereford & Worcester – ‘Gander’ 3rd

Helen Ivory & Martin Figura Workshop, Shrewsbury, 7th

Ledbury Poetry Festival, 9th

Sent WMRN Reader in Residence Application

Nine Arches Press Summer Party, Waterstones, 19th

WWM Network Meeting Spark YW Groups, 20th

Angela France Book Launch, The Hill – Cheltenham 20th

WPL Meeting Jinney Ring Sculpture Trail Poetry Workshop Proposal, 21st

Angela France Poetry Workshop, Stratford-Upon Avon, 26th

Droitwich Library ArtsFest Poet in Residence, Meet WPL, 28th 

Stanza, 28th

————— June —————

Read the full review here

This month was filled with planning, Lit Festivals, events and competition. We premiered 30-40-60 at Worcester LitFest, I became the 7th Worcestershire Poet Laureate and finally got back to writing and submitting poetry after several months of Event Management & Marketing.

As the newly appointed WPL I appeared at the WLF and organised a Refugee Poetry Collection for World Refugee Day, created a dedicated website for WPL 2017-18, organised the Poetry Performance and Picnic for SALT KING 200 celebrations and accepted other commissions/projects.


Poet Laureate Finals/Worcester LitFest Launch, Worcester 9th

Night at the Museum III, Worcester 10th (1st Official WPL appearance)

30-40-60 Poetry Show Collaboration, WLF, 11th

Licensed to Rhyme (10 min Guest Spot), Bromsgrove 12th

Midsummer Poetry Walk – WLF – Words on Water as WPL, 21st

WPL – Event – SALT KING 200 – Poetry Performance & Picnic, Chateau Impney 25th

Headline: Spoken Trend Kings Norton 28th 



Uncorked, Worcester, 1st

Yes, We Cant, Walsall, 4th

42 LitFest Special, Worcester 14th

SpeakEasy Festival Special – 6 mins as WPL – official hand over, 15th

Three Midland Poets, Waterstones, Birmingham 23rd




Cheltenham Workshop

Worcester LitFest

National Writers’ Conference, UoB, Birmingham, Writing West Midlands 10th

Croome Court as part of Adam Speaks Project (NT & Room 204 WWM), 23rd

Three Midland Poets, Waterstones, Birmingham, 23rd

WWM Spark Writers Final Summer Session, The Hive, 24th

Meeting for Medical Museum Poetry Project/ Buildings Talk Hospital Histories, 30th




Statues in Stone – Weasel Press Digital Anthology Degenerates Voices for Peace

Sudden Emptiness (Grenfell Tower) I’m Not A Silent Poet

Banksy Gaza Strip World Refugee Day Worcestershire Poet Laureate Website/Refugee Collection

Shadow Line Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen Anthology


————— May —————

Read the full review here

This month was another one focused on planning and rehearsing events rather than writing. I worked on the 30-40-60 show, a collaborative media/poetry project devised by Kathy Gee, myself and Claire Walker. We are performing it in Worcester LitFest on June 11th.

I promoted Cheltenham Poetry Festival and managed to make some events, fewer than I would have liked, but it fell during a busy part of the calendar. I read lots and studied a Screen Writing course run by UEA (University of East Anglia), thanks to Room 204. I also started editing my Napo poems and currently have about 5 rewritten and accepted by professional peers as ‘poems’, as opposed to daily NaPo scribbles.

I have finally finished preparing my 2nd endorsement, so there is another book I look forward to seeing for real in the universe soon. More news on this when it is officially released.

I heard that I am one of ten poets involved *through Room 204 with a National Trust project at Croome Court, Adam Speaks. More on this soon – so far I have booked a day to visit Croome and a workshop to start the writing process. The whole project will result in a performance/event in late November.

I also secured the Lead Writer role for  Spark Young Writers group for 2017/18 with Writing West Midlands and we welcomed our NEW Assistant Writer – who I know will stick with us for the duration, as it is Rick Sanders.

I also completed the Hay House World Summit (4 weeks) in a week, picking up the most relevant talks and films. I have a notebook of notes and some fresh approaches to dealing with all that I am weighted down by.

We filled all of our Open Mic slots for 30-40-60 and sold some tickets! I have already started to see where else we can perform this show. Pipeline plans for 2017/18 are underway.

I organised to review for a top poetry magazine.

The most exciting news to hit my inbox at the end of the month is that I have made it to the Worcestershire Poet Laureate Final. One of three finalists who are going to perform it out for the title at the opening ceremony of Worcester LitFest on Friday 9th June at the Racecourse in Worcester. Not actually on the racecourse, thank goodness – which means there is a fighting chance!


Reading at The Women You Were Warned About Book Launch, C.S. Barnes, Worcester

Gob & Guitar (Mouth & Music) for People in Motion, Refugee Charity

Poetry Salon – Charley Barnes/ Worcester LitFest & Fringe event

Book Launch – Diverse Verse 2 – Richard Archer/Southcart Books – Walsall


Licensed to Rhyme, Steve Pottinger, Artrix

Grizzly Pear, Tukaiisloveletter & Inua Ellams

Poetry Alight, Roy Marshall & Jane Commane – Lichfield


Carol Ann Duffy & John Sampson – Malvern Cube

Poetry Workshop – Angela France

Rob Gee Forget Me Not – MAC

Spark Young Writers – Writing West Midlands

John Hegley New and Selected Potatoes

John Hegley – Cheltenham Poetry Festival Workshop

John Hegley Spontaneous group performance in Waterstones – which I played a choral role in!

Roy McFarlane & Jo Bell, Stourbridge Library


I had two poems, Anchored and Hallmarks published online by Sarah James in the ‘With You in Mind’ anthology.

Diverse Verse 2 Compiled by Richard Archer – an anthology of poetry from the Midlands.

BUY a copy here All proceeds to Charity

————— April —————-

Read the full review here

This month I mainly worked on planning and schedules for festival events, writing poems for NaPoWriMo, reading lots of poetry, researching, grabbing as many opportunities as I could from Room 204. I have also been reading a manuscript, the second book I have been asked to endorse and writing/ organising sets for events and book launches next month.

What I have not had time to organise was poetry for submission, the deadlines kept running by, I will have to try harder next month on this front. However, I have (from NaPo writing) discovered two new threads for project work. Future poetry sequences and possibly something that could grow to be much bigger.


Poetry Ballroom, Suz Winspear WLF

VOICES FROM THE MIDDLE – an event I organised and performed in for Stourbridge Literature Festival


Ooh Beehive, Swindon

Howl, Birmingham

SpeakEasy, Worcester

Uncorked, Worcester

Spoken Trend, Birmingham


Editing Workshop

Reading Melissa Lee- Houghton & Sarah Leavesley

Initial meeting & photo shoot for ROOM 204

Writing Webinar – Writers Academy/Penguin Random House (204)

1 to 1 (204)

WWM Spark Writer Group (Lead Writer)


Grants & Funding Talk (204)


Beltane Anthology 2017 published by Three Drops from a Cauldron, now AVAILABLE.

It includes my poem Rag Tree.


Copies for £6.00 + P&P

————— March —————-

Read the full review here

I worked on some longer poetry projects this month and continued to organise events for poets at festivals. Saw Hollie McNish and received two incredible reviews for Fragile Houses.


I submitted a couple of longer projects/ manuscripts as well as individual poems this month. I am surprised the laptop survived. I also made more applications, hid Golden Tickets for Writing West Midlands for Birmingham Literature Festival Spring Edition, developed two new tech/ computer skills and wrote new material.

Review of Verve was published on Sabotage Reviews


Two poems printed in the pamphlet Rick Saunders put together for Rob Francis ‘The Secret of Scary Canary’s Stage’ and ‘Permission to Speak’.

Poetry display on the High Street for the BIG LIT Festival Stewartry, Scotland. http://www.biglit.org/

Rag Tree published by Three Drops for the Beltane Anthology.

Another event using V Press poets has been accepted from my Festival bid.


Headlined Quiet, Quiet Loud in Manchester with Mark Pajak and Becky Cherriman

Earth Hour

Her Story


Permission to Speak


Permission to Shut Up




Editing Workshop

Organising V Press Poets reading at Stourbridge Literary Festival, April and poets for ArtsFest in July and received news of a successful bid for an event involving fellow V Press poets for Worcester LitFest this summer.

————— February  —————-

Read the full review here (link to follow)

This month I lived in a bookshop for 4 days celebrating Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham’s Waterstones.


I sent poetry to Under the Radar and Elbow Room and wrote a review of the Verve Poetry Festival for Sabotage Review.

My poem ‘A Winter’s Night’, an urban myth was published by Three Drops, it will appear in an anthology (due out in April), A Face in the Mirror A Hook on the Door.


Permission to Speak

Poetry Alight


Verve Festival – Poetry Parlour

Come rhyme with Me

Spoken Trend



Editing Workshop

Organising V Press Poets reading at Stourbridge Literary Festival, April and poets for ArtsFest in July.


Nuclear Impact – Broken Atoms in Our Hands – Shabda Press is now published and available to buy.


————— January  —————-

Read the full review here January Review

The New Year has started well, as they always seem to. Motivation and possibility are high. The domino effect is also coming into play nowadays which always excites me too.

This month I have organised two Literature Festival events, one bid is secured and the other is in application stages. This is exciting and the first few steps of many more, I hope. Funny because when I read the programme last year, I had the inner thought ‘next year I will have an event’ and now that little seed is reality. I do feel like I have had to wait for X to be in place before Y and Z can be achieved, despite being ready last year to reach Z.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

I was also asked to participate in two exciting new projects (yeah!) but on the same day (boo!)… more on this in February if I am allowed to disclose by then.


I sent 4 submissions, received some rejections from December output and had part of the collaborative project published.

The Puzzle of an Ending written by Claire Walker in collaboration with Nina Lewis. It will appear in the next issue of Zoomoozophone Review Magazine.


Baldy Poems Presents Kings and Queens of Comedy in association with the Worcester LitFest & Fringe. (1 of 7 poets on the bill)

Wolverhampton Literature Festival – Quiet Compere with Sarah Dixon (1 of 10)


Poetry Lounge in the Sitting Room


Poetry Bites


Open Poetry, Walsall Arb.




Worked on collaborative poetry project

Applied for Literature Festivals

2016 AWF – Year 4















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————— December —————-

Read the full review here

December flew by, I started my annual break on the 17th but for the two and half weeks before that I was super busy, mainly writing and rehearsing and promoting sets.


I worked hard to send 7 submissions out before the end of the year. A last minute flurry.

Published by Silver Birch Press – Me in a Hat Series.


Headlined SpeakEasy – 8th December, Worcester.



Stirchley Speaks



Started work on collaborative poetry project

And a big well deserved FORTNIGHT break to celebrate Christmas and 2017!

————— November —————-

Read the full review here

This month was even busier than October, I didn’t think it was possible – but there you go! I also continued to make poetry films which I will consider submitting in the future now I know there are markets out there for such things.


I started submitting again, I still missed some deadlines but with new work created, I wanted to find it homes.

I sent 5 submissions off this month and entered one free competition. 3 Poems have been accepted for publishing so far.

In The Greenwood Shade has been published by Three Drops For a Cauldron and will appear in the web journal in December.

Burn All the Clocks will appear in the Midwinter Anthology.

Transaction has been taken by Silver Birch Press for the ME in a Hat Series.


Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum, Prize Giving & Reading

The Book Party, Fragile Houses Open Mic in Worcester, (Poetry Films showcased)

Shakti Women Womanly Words Book Launch, Birmingham



Permission to Speak


Spoken Word at The Ort

Open Poetry Arboretum

Poetry Bites



Birmingham Stanza

Poet Laureate Choice Awards, Birmingham *

Indigo Dreams Readings, Birmingham  *

Licensed to Rhyme *

Verve Poetry Festival Launch Party, Birmingham *


————— October —————-

Find the full review here

This month; the launch of Fragile Houses, Headline gigs, Poetry Festivals, National Poetry Day, INKSPILL online writing retreat, Halloween and big family birthdays.


A poem sent last month, from my 1st batch after the drought of 4 months, was published – overseas on the U.S market and is due out in December.

Published Fragile Houses By Nina Lewis – debut pamphlet;

Home is more than a brick building, family trees or ancestral bones. In Fragile Houses, Nina Lewis explores the people, places and memories carried through life. Vibrant imagery and precise insight reveal strength in the most tender places.

“In this engaging debut pamphlet, Nina Lewis deftly examines the human condition through the lens of family relationships.” Angela France

These are exact, concisely-conceived poems which find their power in restraint…” Jean Atkin


 £6.99 UK including P&P EU and Overseas check the website for details http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/launching-fragile-houses.html

I also entered a few free poetry competitions, comps are generally something I steer away from as I would rather use the entry fee buying books or petrol to go and spread the word, these were free and one was local.


Book Launch Fragile Houses Waterstones alongside Guest Readers Roy McFarlane, Antony Owen and Claire Walker.

Headlined Stirchley Speaks alongside Lydia Scott.

NPD National Poetry Day Berkeley Almshouses.

She Speaks Her Mind Woo Feministas


Buzzwords, Cheltenham

Licensed to Rhyme

Ledbury Poetry Salon




Buzzwords David Clarke & Cliff Yates

Swindon Poetry Festival

Ledbury Poetry Salon with Deborah Alma

INKSPILL online writing retreat

From Pain to Poetry Workshop Sarah Leavesley

Fairy Tale Workshop Angela France

————— September —————-

Find the full review here

September was the month my pamphlet ‘Fragile Houses’ finally became a real book, a large part of my time was spent on PR promoting and organising the book launch at Waterstones Birmingham, spare time was spent organising INKSPILL our online writing retreat, performing and writing.


Fragile Houses my debut pamphlet was available to pre-order, official release 3/10/16

After not submitting anything for 4 months I sat down on the laptop and chose some poems to fly. I submitted to two places.


I took bookings for future events.


Permission to Speak


Licensed to Rhyme

Open Poetry at the Arboretum, Walsall


Birth to Bone – V. Press Poets

Roy McFarlane Book Launch ‘Beginning with your last breath’

HTO Live Stream

Kenilworth Arts Festival Poetry Reading Curated by David Morley

Anti-Poet Worcester Music Festival

Ten Letters

————— August —————-

Find the full review here

August is my birth month, so despite all else, the celebrations were my priority this summer. So much so that my friends have nicknamed me Queenie as I have so many parties and treats.

I continued to organise INKSPILL and liaise with V. Press over my pamphlet. I had my endorsement requests accepted. Very grateful to Angela France and Jean Atkin for their kind words and taking the time to read and absorb the collection. I sent gratitude to poets who have inspired and supported me through writing the process.

Again Mr G. and I were away celebrating my birthday, so just like July this was a short month for work.


I didn’t make any submissions this month.


Evesham Festival of Words Bell Tower Poetry Walk

My Family Birthday party alongside Maggie Doyle & Kathy Gee





Meeting Roy MacFarlane at Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Lacuna Book Launch – Kieran Davis

Workshop with Angela France, using Historical Archives

————— July —————-

Find the full review here

July saw the beginning of my summer, a lovely time of year where I become a full time poet. Even though final edits were in place there was still work to do with V. Press on my pamphlet and as the end was in sight, just as I did last month I made this my priority project.

The second major project I started work on was INKSPILL – a free online writing retreat which takes place 22nd and 23rd October. I organised Guest Writers and started creating the programme for 2016.

Mr G. and I also had our first holiday in 3 years, so July was a 3 week month. Looking at it that way, I can see I packed a lot in. And of course it was the real Olympics and that had to be watched too. Great to see so many young athletes coming through. GB did really well again!


I didn’t make any submissions as I concentrated on the final stages of pamphlet production. I did have poetry published. Two poems were accepted for ‘We are Not Alone’, a poetry anthology dealing with depression, which is out later this year.

We Are Not Alone Poetry Anthology.


Evesham Festival of Words Bell Tower Poetry Walk


Stirchley Speaks



Open Poetry at Walsall Arboretum


I signed my poetry contract with V.Press.

————— June —————-

Find the full review here

June saw final edits on my debut pamphlet ‘Fragile Houses’ published by V. Press. It was accepted in the 2014 submission window and since 2015 I have been working hard to get it ready. This summer was the final push and saw some exciting new additions to it. My focus was on this project alone. I missed lots of festivals and events, but the book is ready. This is what a quiet month looks like!


I didn’t make any submissions as I concentrated on the final stages of pamphlet production.


I didn’t get out much this month to perform. I had to shackle myself to my desk and make sure I stayed there. It was Worcester LitFest and I managed to get to some of the events. This year the programme was amazing. I was one of the 10 poets performing at this year’s QC Quiet Compere event, thanks to Sarah Dixon. I also performed in my 3rd Poetry Brothel, celebrating Midsummer.

Quiet Compere – Worcester Lit Fest

Midsummer Poetry Brothel – Caged Arts


Stirchley Speaks

SpeakEasy Festival Special WLF

42 WLF Special


Book Launch ‘Pull of the Earth’ Jenna Plewes

The Atomic Sun Workshop with Antony Owen

Workshop Seminar with Gary Crew

I also spent an entire day at The Hive, working with both Writing Groups for Writing West Midlands as the groups are amalgamating in September.

————— May —————-

Find the full review here

I cannot believe we are approaching the halfway mark for 2016 already! This month, as you will see if you click the link above has been busy. My main writing focus has been editorial work on my current manuscript, I have little time to write new work and have taken a back seat with submissions as I had to fully give myself up to working on my collection.


None, worked on pamphlet editorial. I am still waiting to hear of the outcome of previously submitted work. ‘Happiest Moment’ is to be published by Shakti Women in an up and coming E-book, more news on this soon.

My Haiku poetry was used during Birmingham’s International Dance Festival as part of an installation at the Municipal Bank. I wonder who has my poetry in their hands now. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to the festival this year so I missed out on the live experience of this event.


WLF Poetry Salon – An intimate Poetry Salon event at The Old Rectifying House

Poetry Extravaganza – Part of Arts Week, hosted by D.A.N & Parks Café.





Kathy Gee’s Book Launch – Book of Bones Published by V Press

Personally invited to a couple of workshops next month.

————— April —————-

Find the full review here


I only made 3 submissions this month; one of which is for an e-book project I am involved in with a collective of young poets (thank goodness for good moisturiser!), another was to HCE who I was published by in 2014 and haven’t submitted since, finally an exciting project between IDFB (International Dance Festival Birmingham) and WWM (Writing West Midlands).

During the ID festival the vaults at the Municipal bank will be open to the public, inside each safety deposit box will be a Haiku, they are invited to take the Haiku in exchange for one of their own.

1000 Haikus are to be collected to start this interactive poetry event off. I am hoping at least 1 of my 3 will be used. As this had a teen category too I was able to work with my young WWM group writing Haikus this month and hope that they decided to submit some too.


Dali Clock (from my forthcoming collection) – Hobo Camp Review.

Living Emptiness – Fat Damsel Take Ten.

Half Life

Shadows Burnt into Stone

Becquerel Town – Shabda Press Anthology ‘Nuclear Impact Broken Atoms in our Hands’.

And in other news: Schooldays has been shortlisted in The Sabotage Awards 2016 ‘Best Anthology’ category.


This is an anthology which came out last summer with Paper Swans Press, my poem was voted as someone’s favourite in the whole book last year on social media, which made me glow with pride. The collection is well worth a read and will take you back to your own schooldays for sure. Congratulations to Sarah Miles and the team.


Paper Swans Press © 2015


This month I missed many opportunities to perform, workshop & attend events as I was not actively involved in this side of the scene. However, there were a few events I had committed to in March that I didn’t miss.

An Afternoon of Music and Spoken Words at St Peter’s Church organised by Mike Alma featuring members of his local writing circle and invited guests.


Shakespeare Event Mouth & Music



WAP Worcester Arts Partnership – Collaborative Working Arts & Mental Health

————— March —————-

Find a more in depth review here


I made 11 submissions this month, some have received rejection and some have been published, some (as always) will be in limbo for the next 3 months.


Journey was published in Stanzas Chapbook, I am proud to have a poem from my forthcoming collection share the pages of this beautiful publication and to support Irish Literature and Art.


Headlined in a PTS Collaboration at The Work’s Canteen, Black Country Living Museum with Dave Reeves.

Womanly Words SLAM Event

Herstory WAW, Women’s History Month


Poetry by the Lake, David Calcutt


Vanguard Readings

Workshop Angela France

—————- February —————-

Find a more detailed review of February here


I made 6 submissions this month, some have been successful others still await an outcome and I will keep my fingers crossed.


ācweorna accepted by Fair Acre Press for the Grey Squirrel e-book as part of the Maligned Species Project.

Restricted a poem based on ‘American Gothic’ was published on Visual Verse.

All 3 poems written about romance in the 21st century were accepted by New Ulster.

Netted Love


Memory Art



Headline: Stirchley Speaks with Jess Davies

A Night of Love Poetry – with the Emma Press featuring Richard O’Brien and Liz Berry

Feminist Poetry Fundraiser for Refugee Action with Milly Morris



PTS Permission to Speak





Daniel Sluman Book Launch ‘the terrible’ with Angela France and David Clarke

National Libraries Day – Liz Berry

Crunch Workshop at The P Café

Writing West Midlands YW Senior Group (12-16)


—————- January —————-

Find a more detailed review of January here

This year I am concentrating on writing, flipping the focus. I have performances booked throughout the year although none in January (other than open mic).


From the 10 submissions made I received 2 rejections and a pleasing amount accepted.



Your Sentence of Non-Guilt

Poems for Ashraf Fayadh published in I Am Not a Silent Poet


Abridged Floodland Issue


Quantum Wonderment 

Fairacre Press, Maligned Species Project Spider E-book



Spoken Word at The Ort

Mouth & Music





Claire Walker – New Beginnings Workshop

Writing West Midlands YW Senior Group (12-16)

Regional Voice Theatre Poetry by the Lake

Patience Agbabi at The Hive

52 Launch & Party with Jo Bell, Jane Commane & Guests



2015 AWF – Year 3 ARCHIVED

Liz Lefroy













—————- December —————-

For the first time EVER there is not a more in depth review for you to read for December. Here is where you can read the detail.


Little Lantern Press – Poems on Loss


Winter Wonderland – Caged Arts


Poetry Alight with Gary Longden

Stirchley Speaks with Jess Davies

Poetry For Lunch with Jan Watts

Mouth & Music with Heather Wastie and Sarah Tamar


Workshop Worcester Art Gallery with Jenny Hope ‘Toys’

Writing West Midlands Group

—————- November —————-

Read a more in depth review here

November saw the beginning of my hibernation season. There were many events I had hoped to attend that I didn’t manage. I think I was recovering from such a busy October and I know the day job took over quite a lot of the time. Not to mention Christmas preparations/shopping.


I made one submission of depression themed poetry.



Restless Bones – The Final Public Reading


Mouth & Music



Video Making

Editorial meeting m/s

Stirchley Speaks

PUBLIC ADDRESS Soapbox Tour – Apples & Snakes

WWM – Adventure Stories

—————- October—————-

I cannot believe that it is only 2 months off the end of this year! For a more detailed review check here


I haven’t made any submissions this month, I have written a few new poems and spent a week sorting out INKSPILL, our online writing retreat. Plus I went to three poetry festivals; Swindon, Birmingham Literature Festival & Book to the Future. I worked on a couple of commissions too.



Swindon Poetry Festival Performed at 52 Event

NPD Light & Shade Commission – Performed with Suz Winspear

The Poetry Café Refreshed Headlined Cheltenham

Phenomenal Women – with Jan watts Book to the Future Festival

Book Launch The Girl Who Grew Into A Crocodile Claire Walker – V Press Pamphlet, performed.

Poetry Brothel – Caged Arts P Café – applied to be one of six poets


Stirchley Speaks

Mouth & Music





Book Launch The Girl Who Grew Into A Crocodile Claire Walker – V Press Pamphlet.

Birmingham Literature Festival – Short and Sweet: Short Fiction Salon, Rita Dove and Guests

Book to the Future Festival – Phenomenal Women, Making a Living from Writing with Narinder Dhami, Self and Others Art and Writing workshop with Jacqui Rowe

WWM assistant writer cover & Lead Writer for Senior Group, Worcester.


INKSPILL – the 3rd FREE Online writing Retreat

Workshops with Jo Bell, Angela France & Jaqui Rowe

—————- September—————-

For a more detailed review https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/september-review/




Poetry Lounge with John Hegley

Spoken Word at the Ort

Mouth & Music


Plenty Fish Book Launch – Sarah James – Nine Arches Press

Poets with Passion

Poetry For Lunch

Hit the Ode

Poetry Bites with Jane Commane & Liz Berry

Arts All Over the Place Charity Fundraiser/ Madhatter’s Ball

Caldmore Carnival Day



John Hegley Workshop – Ludlow

Poetry on Loan training with Brenda Read-Brown & Jon Seagrave

Application to perform at the Halloween Poetry Brothel by Caged Arts – successful

Swingerella Wrecking Ball Tour

Rehearsals for National Poetry Day Light & Shade event at the Carpet Museum.


—————- August —————-

For a more detailed review CLICK HERE


Manuscript & Editing

GBWO  Competition – Mark Grist

Paper Swan Postcard Competition – Carrie Etter

Abegail Morley Poetry Shed NSPW

Bristol Anthology Hailing Foxes


A Day at the Seaside – Nutshells & Nuggets


Stirchley Speaks

Headlining HOWL


Mouth & Music Slightly Circus – KAF



Claire Walker – Holiday themed Writing Workshop

Angela France – Journey themed Writing Workshop

Schooldays Anthology Paper Swans – London

KAF Festival Liz Berry & Blair Dunlop

Museum of Carpet Open Day for NPD Poets


—————- July —————-

For a more detailed review click here


Nutshells and Nuggets


October Journal


Rhyme with reason – Birmingham

Poetry Lounge – Ludlow

Quiet Compere Tour – Worcester Stop 6

1st week of Pangaea Slam

Mouth & Music

Walsall Festival – Writing in the Arboretum Workshop Reading Event The Bakehouse

Arts All Over the Place – Madhatter’s Charity Fundraiser, Birmingham

Womanly Words Shakti Women , Birmingham

42 Drummonds,  Worcester


Magnetic Diaries Poetry Play

Ledbury Poetry Festival – Cider with Poets Ruth Stacey Book Launch

10 Letters at The Mac

Walsall Caldmore community workshop TOOLS

Walsall Festival – Writing in the Arboretum Workshop


Some bookings for later this year, Caldmore Project and a headline booking for HOWL this August 12th.

—————- June —————-

For a more detailed review June – Review of the Month

June was an action packed month – good job I went on holiday at the end of it!


Shame in the City – Visual Verse

Found Poetry submission


Shame in the City Visualverse.org

Beyond Gas Street Basin – Birmingham Bound Anthology – The Book Club

Late Spring Natural Histories blog


I was a finalist in Worcestershire’s Poet Laureate Competition 2015, I came 3rd.

Stirchley Speaks

Permission to Speak

Spoken Word at The Ort

Cannon Hill Park, The MAC


42 WLF Special

SpeakEasy WLF Special

WLF Summer Solstice Walk

Two Towers Brewery

Live Lit

Sunday Xpress


David Calcutt – Caldmore Gardens Workshop

Worcester Literature Festival – Various events

Candy Royalle  Poetry Workshop

My final session as an assistant writer for WWM Writing West Midlands. I am now the Lead Writer for our group!


Asked to take part in a charity fundraiser for Arts All Over the Place.

Asked to Headline HOWL in July (clashed with Ledbury Poetry Festival unfortunately), hoping for a date later in 2015.

Signed up to some Arts training.

—————- May —————-

For a more detailed review Review of May

May was a fantastic month, lots of new opportunities and ever widening poetry circle – meeting new people, poets and performers has been a blast.

I have definitely got over the blip of April and am in forward motion. Like an athlete – striding, training and most importantly, once again – believing.


I only made one submissions this month, as I have focused on editing and entering/rehearsing for the Worcester Poet Laureate Competition. I sent some poetry off for Grant Tabard’s Seamus Heaney anthology as I saw the submission deadline had been extended. A poem called Bridgework has been accepted and I cannot wait to be part of this book!


Paper Swans are publishing a poem in a School Days Anthology that I sent a while back, I am delighted and hoping to make it to the Book Launch in Oxford in the summer.

Bridgework was accepted for an up and coming Seamus Heaney anthology, by Grant Tabard.


HEADLINE Permission to Speak, Rob Francis- 6th, Stourbridge

Mouth & Music – Love in the Revolution, Headliner Roy MacFarlane – 12th, Kidderminster

HOWL – The Sun at the Station, 13th, Kings Heath

42 – 27th, Worcester

Word Up, 29th Birmingham

Opus Club, Jasmine Gardosi -30th, Birmingham

Opus Club – The Dark Horse                          Poetry Wrap 4


Learn to Blog – Attended a webinar on blogging

Hay House World Summit 2015

WWM – Writing West Midlands – Lead Writer –

Poetry Laureate Interview – Long listed

SpeakEasy – Sarah James & Angela Topping and Canadian Poet Jack Cottrill


Workshop with Angela France – Stratford-Upon-Avon

—————- April  —————-

For a more detailed review click here

April was a month of success and failure and some personal struggles with the world I have chosen, with writing, with self-belief, with the search for strength to just keep on going.

I think it has been a vulnerable and exposing month, I also felt some things that I never thought I would feel from being involved in writing, negative things that took up a lot of brain space until I managed to work through them. It was hard to write during this process. I hate feeling like I have let myself down.

I had to take stock and refocus on this year’s goals and pad out some steps to get me there.

There are lot of endings happening at the moment, perhaps I was sensitive to that. I seem to have lost my time to write so far this year, real paid work is taking over and I am not making it through commission processes to gain any paid work writing. One frustration after another and always trying to find the positive spin.

Need to liken it to those athletes, keep them in mind. Determination and forward motion, self-propelling is all I need.


I submitted 3 poems to I am not a silent Poet and had all 3 published.

Bomb Damage

Girls on the Ground

Weapons of War Ghanda’sStory

I submitted to an anthology project ‘Birmingham Bound’



Spoken Word at The Ort


Book Launch – The Magnetic Diaries by Sarah James

Mouth and Music

WILD WORDS – Restless Bones Fundraiser

Word Up

Wenlock Poetry Festival – Poems & Pints

Wenlock Poetry Festival – 52



WWM Network Meeting

WWM Group

Caldmore Community Garden Workshop


Wenlock Poetry Festival

Stratford Literary Festival

—————- March —————-

For a more detailed review Click here

March ended up to be a busy month, despite lots of real world work taking my time away from writing and performing. For nearly two weeks I had time off, I hadn’t intended to take a break before Easter – but there are only 24 hours in a day after all!

My biggest achievement this month was performing/reading poetry in London.



Under the Radar


Permission to Speak

Spoken Word at TheOrt

Malvern Book Promoters

Nomad Variety Charity Event

HARK Magazine Launch – London


World Poetry Day https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/celebrating-world-poetry-day/

celebrated with Southcart Books & Caldmore Community Gardens open day

Sunday Xpress


WWM – Young Writer Group

David Calcutt – Caldmore Community Gardens workshop

—————- February —————-

For a more detailed review click here

February whizzed by, as short months tend to!

I have my tickets booked for Wenlock Poetry FESTIVAL (April) and some for the Stratford Literary Festival (also April) too.

I continued with the Garden Workshops in Caldmore, run by Poet in Residence, David Calcutt. Lots of exciting plans for our poetry from this project.

I attended my 2nd workshop with Angela France in Stratford-Upon-Avon, we looked at maps and I wrote a great many ideas into my writing notebook, ideas that I still need to action some time to complete.

I also booked my 2nd MooC course (online) with the University of Iowa this time. Due to start at the end of March.


I submitted work to;

Rethink Your Mind (Competition)

Corinium Museum (Comp.)


This year I decided to pull back on the 100+ gigs of last year to allow more time to work on writing.

Permission to Speak, Robert Francis, Stourbridge. Featuring Fergus McGonigal, I am booked to feature in May.

Mouth & Music, Heather Wastie & Sarah Tamar, Kidderminster. Featuring Lorna Meehan & Kate Wragg.

Hit the Ode, Spoz, Birmingham. Featuring Jasmine Gardosi, Rose Condo & MiKo Berry.

Drummonds 42, Andrew Owens, Worcester.

Events & Workshops


SpeakEasy, Fergus McGonigal & Maggie Doyle, Worcester. Featuring Gary Longden

Angela France – Stratford-Upon-Avon workshop – mapping poetry

Poets at the Hive – Ben Parker, Sarah James, Ruth Stacey and Todd Swift

David Calcutt – Caldmore Gardens Workshop

Caroline Horton – AND TEXT Workshop, Birmingham MAIA Creatives

Writing West Midlands – Assistant writer/ Lead Writer and cover – I have worked for WWM since Feb 2014, a year later  led the group (I was already booked to lead in May), so it was great practise & great fun!

I was asked to perform in Mad March Events in Malvern, at a Book Launch in April for the Magnetic Diaries By Sarah James & I interviewed Daniel Sluman for the blog promo tour.

Another great month in my poetry life! me MM

————- January ————–

Find a more detailed review here January Review

My main objective this year is to focus on writing (rather than performing) poetry, work on my first collection and find writing that can result in a small income – each year doing better than the last. We are halfway through my Olympic Training – for those of you who haven’t read ABOUT page – I am challenging myself to a 16 year stint – within that time (equivalent to 4 Olympics) I want to reach GOLD. In some ways my writing life is already running ahead of schedule, back in November, I was a featured artists for Naked Lungs and since then have taken bookings to headline or be a featured artists – I am booked up to the summer. Unfortunately, the poetry market is the smallest of all writing genres and there is not much money in it, sometimes travel expenses are covered. I am most excited about a workshop with John Hegley, booked for Autumn and the an opportunity to perform as an open mic artist at a night he is headlining!


A little curious – many must have jumped out of the fountain because we have had 7 new members and yet the total following remains 781. Destined to stay that way forever – invite your friends, share some links across social media.


On a whim, I sent a collection to Faber for consideration under the New Poets scheme.

I submitted to Popshots Magazine – Outsider Issue (unsuccessfully).

I submitted work to Magma for the violence issue.

Competition – a poem for the Corinium Museum.


My intention was to cut back on performance work and I believe I have done 75% less performances than in 2014. Two of these events I was headlining, another it was requested I do a set and for another one I was team captain, only one event was open mic.

The Poetry Lounge in The Sitting Room – Guest Poet alongside Bert Flitcroft – Jean Atkin, Ludlow

SpeakEasy New Year , Fergus McGonigal & Maggie Doyle, Worcester

Mouth & Music, Spark Off! – Team Leader in opposition with Peter Williams – Heather Wastie & Sarah Tamar

Drummonds 42 (the 42nd event) – Andrew Owens

Word Up – Guest Poet alongside Antony Owen & Lily Blacksell- Ddotti Bluebell & Jasmine Gardosi


Stanza Meeting

Writing West Midlands – Assistant writer/ Mentor- the new mentor role (which was a time-limited position came to a close this month to praise and positive feedback)

The Stanza Group working on Corinium Museum Poetry

David Calcutt – Caldmore Gardens Workshop & Poetry on the Path Project

2014 – YEAR 2 Archived


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——————JANUARY —————-

Fabulous start to the New Year and an action packed month! JANUARY

605 Bloggers

Mindful Stones project and Project 52 (Jo Bell) the first creates new fragments of material. The latter encourages you to write a poem a week!

I have kept both up successfully this month!

I made several submissions to magazines and entered one poetry competition.

I wrote many new poems and received 1 rejection email!

I performed poetry all over the local region;

  • Poetry for Lunch – Birmingham
  • NY Open Mic with Uncharacteristic Largesse – Shrewsbury
  • Buzzwords – Cheltenham
  • Speakeasy Worcester (where I was referred to as a ‘mini-headliner’! Been gushing off that one ever since!)
  • Mouth & Music – Kidderminster
  • Poetry for Lunch – Birmingham
  • The Poetry Lounge in The Sitting Room – Ludlow
  • Unity in the Community – Wednesbury
  • Drummonds 42 – Worcester
  • KAF Creatives Re-Launch -Kidderminster

I also attended other events;

Stanza Poetry Society Meeting.

Book Launch – Flash Fiction Anthology – where I was lucky enough to perform a new 300 word Flash fiction.

  • A Writing Life

Successful application and meeting for Assistant Writer’s job, starting in February.

I have met more wonderful people and I feel blessed. Moving in the right direction!

———- FEBRUARY ———-

Well February is such a short month, just 4 little weeks, but I have managed to pack a lot in. I have missed some events this month as they either clashed or I was too worn out to manage them. I missed written submissions logged in my writing diary, there is a plan, but to enter everything on time would be a full time job, and I already have one of those, well I am supposed to be part time but have taken on a 90% week, so that’s pretty full time.

My flat has finally SOLD (at the end of the month) – hopefully once this has gone through I can get back to balancing work and writing, at the minute I feel I have to accept most jobs as I still have 1.5 mortgages to pay and don’t want to use savings for such a thing!

I have met lots of new artists and creatives this month and deepened friendships with those I know. It has felt good. One big family really.

Blog & Projects

638 wonderful followers on the blog now. That’s 33 new followers this month. Thanks to all of you, hope you enjoy splashing in the fountain.

I have managed to continue the 52 Project- I missed some weeks online but have written from the prompts and saved the poems, I have still done the challenge, the online posts are optional.

Many people I know have now taken up the challenge based on the great things they have heard – over 400, and lots of poets are now performing their 52 poems at many open mic events and others are getting them published left, right and centre! It is a great way to stretch yourself.

Fancy writing weekly poems this year? Get involved HERE

Submissions & Publishing

I managed to submit a poem to Wenlock for their festival, they are creating a poetry trail through 20 local shops using there windows to display poems.

I had a poem published online on the Kidderminster Creatives website, it is a poem that I wrote especially for the opening re-launch night, where myself and 5 other artists performed poetry in the Gallery at BHG.

Performing Poetry

I missed a lot of events this month for a variety of reasons, I managed about 2 a week though, so that’s still good going.

Word Up Birmingham

Sunday Xpress Birmingham

Diverse dancers Exhibition – Performing Dance Poetry on the Opening Night

Hit the Ode (the BIG ONE!) Birmingham

Poetry for Lunch – The Library of Birmingham

Mouth and Music – Kidderminster

Laura Yates was the headliner and I met and saw Lorna Meehan perform for the first time. Both these women are in Decadent Divas and I can’t wait for next month in Malvern, where they are all performing together.

Confab Cabaret Malvern

KAF Creatives Relaunch – Kidderminster – Gallery Exhibition – 6 performers AND beer tokens – my first gig where there was token payment.

Poets With Passion – Birmingham

I missed several events – Poetry Alight in Lichfield, where my friend Michelle Crosbie had her Debut performance as a headliner, alongside Jo Bell and Matt Merritt, due to distance and work.

I missed Drummonds 42 last Wednesday as that was the first night with our American relatives.

I missed Stanza as I was performing at Diverse Dancing that evening.

I missed Poetry Jam, due to tiredness.

I missed Buzzwords in Cheltenham due to weather, floods and closed roads.

I missed SpeakEasy in Worcester due to Mr G’s birthday.

I also attempted to learn poetry off by heart for my set at Hit the Ode – I discovered I am a Page Poet rather than a Stage Poet at the moment.


Library Display of ‘The Fourth Wall’ for Local Arts Network

I currently have a display at the local library of one poem and a suggestion box for themes – can’t wait to get the box back and write some new material.

I also saw Cat Weatherill perform at a storytelling event, Hungry Hearts. It was a great night out.

My Writing Life

My Writing West Midlands job started. I had my first day at being an Assistant Writer at The Hive in Worcester with Ian MacLeod. It was great fun and something I am looking forward to building on. hive3

I also celebrated Valentine’s Day, Mr G’s birthday, my younger brother’s birthday and Mr G’s goddaughter’s birthday and I SOLD my apartment and got back into reading, managing about 3 books this month.

————————————— MARCH ————————————

There is a more in depth review of March here https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/march-2014-review-of-the-month/

The adventures of my flat sale still continue. Everything is in the hands of solicitors at the moment – hoping for completion in April.

March was an extremely busy month. A good one as far as writing is concerned though.

Blog & Projects

680 wonderful followers on the blog now. That’s 42 new followers this month – and that’s the meaning of life! Thanks to all of you, hope you enjoy splashing in the fountain.

I have managed to continue the 52 Project- although I find it harder to find time to share my work on the social media site and have not managed to read as many of the other poems as I did in the start. There are over 500 signed as participating and that doesn’t include poets who are taking part but not adding themselves to the data.

Some weeks I run out of time to write the poem within the 7 day deadline, I always try to write it the following week.

I was even brave enough to share one of my 52 poems at Poetry Bites, this month.

Fancy writing weekly poems this year? Get involved HERE

I have also signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo, I took part last year and managed over 35K for my 1st camp. I am busy most of the time so this time I set the lowest limit possible, 10K – which is a daily word count of 334. I hope to get some short stories written this month through camp.

I also submitted A Writers Fountain as a participating blog for the NaPoWriMo challenge. I can’t wait to complete this challenge again.

Submissions & Publishing

I have managed to make some submissions this month, there were some deadlines in the writing diary that I didn’t manage to write for. I entered my first ever poetry competition.

I had a poem accepted for the Wenlock Poetry Trail (as part of the Poetry Festival) – there are 23 poems displayed in local shops in the town. It has also been published on the shop’s website. I had 2 poems accepted for a Born Free Anthology, raising awareness of the fur trade.

Hayley Frances asked for Haikus for a new community project taking place as a weekend festival at the MAC (Midland Arts Centre) I sent quite a few and had them used in her Hikikomori installation at the end of the month, which I was lucky enough to see.

Performing Poetry

I have finally realised and accepted that I cannot make every event I discover, I have neither the time, energy or material to do this much as well as work.

I have managed to get to some new to me events and kept the month as varied as possible. New work has been written as a result of some of these performances.

The Ort – Spoken Word event. A great event, where I got to see The Night Watchmen, now on Tour and currently *this past weekend, played at The MAC, Birmingham.

Poet’s with Passion – The Sahara – A relaxed affair, poet’s sharing words on the theme of home.

Mouth & Music – BHG –  Current Affairs theme – I wrote about the missing Malaysian flight… it was a great night and I had the chance to watch Brenda Read-Brown perform again and was wowed by  The Very Grimm Brothers.

SpeakEasy – only just managed to turn up in time to race to the mic for my booked 6 minute slice and I had had THE MOST STRESSFUL  work day… if I hadn’t have been booked this is one evening I would have missed due to exhaustion! It was good to see The Very Grimm Brothers again though and also Bobby Parker.

Confab Cabaret – A great night celebrating there 1st birthday with performances from The Decadent Divas and Men in General. It was so good that in the enthralling atmosphere, I had almost forgotten it was a work night!

Poetry Bites – In support of Sarah James who had a guest spot alongside Helena Calcutt. I had an open mic spot and shared new poems to the public. It was a packed night – entertaining  – lovely atmosphere and great to meet Jacqui Rowe properly.

Drummond 42 – 3rd Anniversary – where I shared Zombie poems I had written especially for the event.

Stanza – A great meeting, I wrote a poem especially for it about starlings.


Hit The Ode I didn’t perform this month but went to support my friend Andrea Shorrick a.k.a Swingerella. I saw 3 amazing headliners and spent my last pound coins on a poetry pamphlet!

The Quiet Compere – MAC –  A bunch of us poets – went to support the 10 poets taking part in Sarah L Dixon’s Tour of the North with a jaunt into Birmingham. It was a superb night out!

What’s The Agenda Festival – MAC – Watched performance and saw the gallery pieces for Hikikomori.

My Writing Life

I continue work as an Assistant Writer for Writing West Midlands alongside Ian MacLeod.

I also found an opportunity for the summer and am involved with a Brainfruit production, Roy Hutchins is finding poets to form a Poetry Army for a one off performance that happens to be taking place at our Arts Centre (in town!) Whoahoo! Usually I have to travel 7- 30+ miles to be involved in the Poetry World. It will take place in July.

I also spent some time last month organising ‘real’ writers to be involved in INKSPILL (AWF’s online writing retreat) this Autumn, so far everyone has accepted.

I have asked Sarah L Dixon, the Quiet Compere for a guest blog post next month. I have that to look forward to.

I am also rehearsing for a collaboration at the next Mouth and Music on the 8th April. It is Dualogue night, performing alongside a fellow artist. So far we have practised 1/3 of the set. I had to cancel a rehearsal this week due to work – we have another one next week.

March has been a fantastic month!

____________________________ APRIL ____________________________

There is a more in depth review of April here

April Review

The adventures of my flat sale still continue. Everything is in the hands of solicitors at the moment – hoping for completion in the next few weeks!

April was extremely busy.

Blog & Projects

714 wonderful followers on the blog now. That’s 34 new followers this month, thanks to all of you, hope you enjoy splashing in the fountain.

I am still writing poetry for 52, weekly. I didn’t manage to keep my commitment to NaPoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo sadly, just too busy out on the road. Fancy writing weekly poems this year? Get involved HERE

Submissions & Publishing

A Minor – I submitted some poems.

Wenlock Poetry Competition – my 1st poetry competition entry. I didn’t get placed.

Lichfield Poetry Competition – my 2nd poetry competition.

Poetry on the Farm – I wrote 3 Farm poems for Jean Atkin, resident poet at Acton Scott Historical Farm, she has chosen one for the poetry fence. I hope to get to see her and the farm sometime this month. (Work keeps getting in the way!)

I also developed a poetry page on Facebook and have had 100 likes in just 13 days 🙂

Performing Poetry

Mouth & Music – Dualogue – great set by David Culcutt and Nadia Kingsley. My set with Tim Scarborough went down really well – and I am collaborating with him again now on a different set/event as well as taking the original set back on the road to Birmingham in May.

Female Force –

Was Photogiraffe’s 3rd exhibition launch, it took place at the Urban Coffee House.

Poetry For Lunch  x 3

Took part in this event both weeks over the Easter holiday and then last week the Worcester Stanza Group performed.

Hit the Ode

Headlined by SHANE KOYCZAN – Winner of the US Slam Poetry Championship, JASMINE COORAY & JODI ANN BICKLEY.

I was on the reserve list and managed to get a spot to perform. It went well.

Spoken Word at The Ort

Word Up

George & Dragon open mic with Mark Niel – Shropshire/ Wenlock Poetry Festival

Saints, Sinners & Fools, Pigeon Park Press

Writing West Midlands –

Worked as an assistant writer and attended a meeting with the other writers which was great fun as well as informative and has led to further opportunities to support the Hayley Frances’ Page Talk project, a creative month resulting in a performance. I think I may end up being used to literally volunteer as a steward on the festival day – 8th June, or maybe there will be more I can offer/ do as a practioneer/writer.


The Hive –

WLF & Ledbury Poetry Festival had there first joint venture, organised by Ruth Stacey to bring poets and poetry to people in Worcester. This event was great and I really enjoyed seeing Angela France again and talking to Martin Malone.

Wenlock poetry festival

This was a great weekend festival, which I managed to get to for the last day.

Stanza – A great meeting.

 __________            MAY             _______________

An in depth review of May can be found here

The Flat SOLD and I got over a rather nasty chest infection (not good for Spoken Word Artists)! I took part in my first EVER Poetry SLAM! Went to River Cottage, met Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, had a great weekend away with friends.

Blog & Projects

We have 742 followers, (it’s more than that now) an extra 28 people joined in May. The already popular articles on HOW TO Write Short Stories have now been linked on a High School Website for students, which has led to some exciting peaks in the statistics this month!

I am currently struggling to find time to keep on top of the 52 prompts, I am a week or so behind the real time prompts and have not found the time to yet share my work and read others. Hopefully as work diminishes I can catch up with myself over the summer.
Jo Bell, who runs 52 is the resident poet for Stratford-Upon-Avon Literary Festival this year, so as well as possible workshops (although they clash with work) there is a meet of all the virtual 52ers who can make it! Exciting.

I have also sent an email to a Arts Co. ‘Naked Lungs’ in the hope of getting involved in a Pop Up Spoken Word event at this years BLF (Birmingham Literature Festival), fingers crossed.

Submission and Publishing

I was extremely busy with mini tours this month and lost time for writing and submitting. I sent a few pieces at the beginning of the month and plan to knuckle down as Summer approaches.

Raving BeautiesBloodaxe books celebrating women’s bodies in a compassionate way.

WLFFlash Fiction Competition for the Festival (made the deadline with 4 minutes to go)! That was a stressful evening for Last Minute Lil! I went out to a stanza meeting in between final draft and proof/submit!

Performing Poetry

Tim Scarborough and I continued to collaborate for various performances this month, always fun. Hope to produce some more work together in the summer.

Poetry For Lunch – Stanza Group – Library of Birmingham Amphitheatre

Poetry Slam Kidderminster Creatives – BHG

Abstract Elements – Photogiraffe Exhibition Launch  – The Warehouse Café with Tim.

Poetry in the Lounge – Met Andrew Fusek  Peters

Confab Cabaret – Olivers: Disraeli

SpeakEasy – Old Recifying House: A. F Harrold

Poetry & Pollination – The Hive – Ledbury Poetry Festival & Worcester LitFest: Sarah James

Writing West Midlands/ Assistant Writer  – Creative Writing Group: Ian MacLeod

Mouth & Music – BHG: Jonny Fluffypunk & Four Tart Harmony with Tim, set included homage to Jonny Fluffypunk, who was surprised and flattered.

Spoken Word at The Ort – A Medley of Performances – with Tim.

Writing West Midlands/ Assistant Writer  – Creative Writing Group: Jean Atkin (cover)

Carysmatic Farewell Bash – Vertu Bar

Andrew Owens Book Launch – Black Pear Press

Poetry Bites – Kitchen Garden Café: Roy Marshall, James Sheard.

Drummonds 42 – with Andrew Owens.

Writing West Midlands

This month not only did I have a chance to use my drama background to help support material for the Worcester group with Ian MacLeod, I also had a chance to cover as an Assistant Writer for the group in Kidderminster – run by Jean Atkin. It is great to experience working with Young Adults – teenagers were slightly older than my group and a different Lead Writer, Jonathan Davidson recommended we swapped groups once in a while to get a better breadth and understanding. For a writer who hopes to become a Lead Writer in 2016 it is great to take on board different approaches and ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed the group and look forward to going back next month.

Next month I am looking forward to a workshop and some Literature Festivals, roll on the sunshine!

_________________________ June  _____________________________

 Read the review here June

Blogs and Projects

I signed up for Writing 101 Blogging University Daily Post challenge this month.

I continued to write poems for 52.

I applied to be part of a collaborative project with Naked Lungs for BLF Birmingham Literature Festival. I had an interview mid-June.

The blog now has 765 followers.

The most popular post continues to be:

Writing Short Stories – Tips on Planning and Structure More stats 367

Submission and Publishing

I submitted poems and was published by Hark Magazine, my poem will appear in the July Issue.

I also worked on an epic submission for Offa’s Press, keeping my fingers crossed, they are looking for 2 new poets this year.

Submitted a poem to the GBWO – Great British Write Off.

Performing Poetry

I took a 12 day break from performing poetry at the end of May/June and enjoyed watching others at events instead.

It was 10 days of WLF this month – Worcester Litfest, I was asked to take part in a few events that clashed with other plans, including a guest spot for the Decadent Diva gig – Divas and Football, it was my friend’s Woodstock themed party which I was going to (a 50th birthday) and I had already turned down Foxy and Wild – Droitwich Arts Network/ Festival poetry event.

I did perform as a POP UP POET at an event I was asked to take part in.

I managed to get to Tim Cranmore’s Book Launch the week before WLF started and booked to be at the Guildhall for the announcement of the new Poet Laureate (4 of whom I knew) – I gave up a night performing to be part of the first event of the festival.

I was asked to have a guest spot at the Special Festival SpeakEasy (which I could do) and I asked to be on the 42 stage (1 of 8 performers) in addition to this I booked to watch Jonny Fluffypunk Man Up – show and was asked to perform at this event too.

I missed several workshops I wanted to do – because I was also working full time this week – with Summer being so close!

It was my first WLF – but the city’s 4th – I was aware of both this and the Droitwich Festival last year, it was before I started poetry writing again and at the time I was resigning from work after quite a struggle and wasn’t really submerged in the writing world as I am now.

Spoken Word Events

Poetry Workshop – Jean Atkin, Acton Scott farm.

Mouth & Music – BHG: Adjectives

Confab Cabaret – Olivers: Hollie McNish

Writing West Midlands/ Assistant Writer  – Creative Writing Group: Ian MacLeod

Writing West Midlands/ Assistant Writer  – Creative Writing Group: Jean Atkin (cover)

Writing West Midlands This month not only did I have a chance to use my drama background to help support material for the Worcester group with Ian MacaLeod, I also had a chance to cover as an Assistant Writer for the group in Kidderminster – run by Jean Atkin. It is great to experience working with Young Adults – teenagers were slightly older than my group and a different Lead Writer, Jonathan Davidson recommended we swapped groups once in a while to get a better breadth and understanding. For a writer who hopes to become a Lead Writer in 2016 it is great to take on board different approaches and ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed the group and look forward to going back next month.

Meeting Naked Lungs – Project BLF

Pop up Poets – WLF

Poets With Passion – Birmingham

With Jonny Fluffypunk – WLF

Meeting Naked Lungs – Project BLF

Special WLF 42 – WLF Lou Morgan

Special SpeakEasy – WLF – Old Recifying House: Emma Purhouse & Scott Tyrrell

Performing at Dave’s 50th Woodstock Party including a poem written especially for him! My first Private Function too!


Carol Ann Duffy – National Poet Laureate in a joint venture between Ledbury Poetry festival & WLF

The Tea Project – Tara and Lynsey – MAC Arts Centre

___________________________________________ July ________________________________________

Read a detailed monthly review here

Blogs & Projects

Although I haven’t been as active this month online, the blog has continued to grow and it is lovely seeing so many of you reading or following posts. We have had a small increase in numbers (the smallest yet I think) of 13 new members, we are now up to 778, after gaining 600 at the beginning of the year, I didn’t imagine numbers would double or anything and I know I have not been active in Blogland all year, I still appreciate that I am not typing into dead space, the numbers don’t really matter (only that is how we assess the success of our blogs I guess).

Projects, I still write poetry for 52, although I need to post and read more over the summer. I did join a MOOC course at the end of June, but have really struggled to find enough time online, this month I spent at least a fortnight almost offline completely and with regular assignments that isn’t good, I am hoping I can find it and sign up again next year.

Submissions and Publishing

I spent a lot of this month writing submissions, I have had some publishing success and some rejection.

Clench – Published by Hark Magazine

Fallacy – Published GBWO In a print anthology

The Cart – Published online – Poetry on The Farm Website/Blog

I submitted work to the Mental Health Festival Scotland

HCE – Here Comes Everyone for the Girl/Boy Issue

Popshots – Time Issue

Offa Press and Popshots sent rejection letters. I did receive some more BIG news (in a way better than being published) with regards to being a WRITER, a paid opportunity has arisen starting later this year. EXCITING!

Performing Poetry Ledbury PF

This month I took 18 days off events and performing and managed to pack everything else into a space shorter than a fortnight, I managed to get to some events at both Ledbury Poetry Festival and Stratford Poetry Festival in addition to some open mics, events and book launches.

Mouth and Music Summer

Speakeasy Poetry

Spoken Word at The Ort This was a pre-book launch set by some of the contributors to the Born Free Anthology Restless Bones

Poetry on the Farm – celebrating the end of Jean Atkin’s poet residency The Event

Performing at The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford Upon Avon as part of the 52 Event 52

42 – Dark Fears and Desires Read about it


Ledbury Poetry Festival Ledbury

The Poetry Army – who I was supposed to perform with at The Artrix, postponed until 2015 due to ticket sales. I was gutted, but will be involved next summer instead, with more confidence and hopefully I will love it all the same.

Antony Owens & Joseph Horgan– Book Launch at the Inspire Bar, Coventry the-year-i-loved-england Launch Review here

Jo Bell and 52 – Picnic/ Performance Event Stratford-Upon-Avon Poetry Festival 52

Poetry Party – my first one and it was wonderful, well worth the journey and a great night spent entertaining each other together. Not to mention some delicious food, thanks to Saleha Begum.


I also started to plan a very special event of my own to mark 1 year in my POETRYSKIN – in September, which I will of course BLOG about.


Don’t take rejection personally! It isn’t.

————- AUGUST ———–

Another exceptional month of poeting and opportunities. Read a more in depth review


Blogs and Projects

Last month I wrote about Naked Lungs and a project/performance for Birmingham Literature Festival. I presumed they had picked other participants to collaborate as I hadn’t had an email. No news is good news sometimes! My next exciting venture to work on, the performance is October 11th, a week after my brother’s wedding.

52 continues.

INKSPILL a free online writing retreat on this blog October 25th/26th is in full swing (organisation), more on this soon – September will be full of tasters and teasers.

ONE YEAR A POET – I am also busy organising a celebration of my first year back in the world of poetry and it was also the point at which the 1st 9 months of a writing life bore fruition – in terms of work and being a writer. There are lots of poets/artists lined up and it should be a cracker!

Blog The blog now has 781 follower just 3 people joined this month. The most popular post continues to be my articles about Short Story Writing.


I sent poetry to Bombay Gin, Paragram, Barrelhouse and a portion of a pamphlet to VPress. I worked with proof copies of GBWO and Restless Bones Poetry Anthology.


HCE Here Comes Everyone Published my poem ‘Falling into Line’, written especially for the Boy/Girl Issue of the magazine, it is available online and as a print copy.


A Night with Maya Angelou – organised by Jordan Garvey and Shakti Women. Maya Angelou

Mouth and MusicWar & Peace A great evening. War and Peace

PFL Poetry For Lunch – The Funny One with Andrea Smith

Birthday Stanza – a normal Stanza meeting where I took CAKE! Stanza

Bridge the Gap – an intergenerational tea party on a canal boat – the brainchild of Aysha Begum(Beetfreaks). Poetry on a Boat

Restless Bones Poetry Anthology – Book Launch – Restless Bones raises money for Born Free Foundation, protecting animals against the fur trade. Details on how to buy your copy, coming soon. Book Launch

42 Drummonds – An open mic/ off theme night at 42.

Worcester Music Festival Humdrum Express – Ian Passey The Swan and Two Nicks.

Worcester Music Festival Word & Sound – Amanda Bonnick and Jenny Hope with the Crème de la crème!


Benches – Jan Watts Book Launch / Off the Page Event Launch

Buy your copy here Review


Naked Lungs – where I am booked to perform next month.

—————— September ————————–

A magical month of poeting and words, for a more in depth review click


Blogs and Projects:

52 continues, Naked Lungs have commissioned myself and three other poets to perform a created piece about Urban Nature at this year’s Birmingham Literature Festival. I am working on writing of my own.

INKSPILL our online Writing Retreat coming soon 25th & 26th October.

One Year a Poet OYAP – I celebrated one year back on the poetry scene with a big spoken word party – and I plan to do the same again next year (in a different venue).

Blog For the first time EVER – after creating the blog 21 months ago, we have had no new members following. I didn’t post much in September as I was busy working, performing and writing. We still have a glorious 781 followers and when I have time to invest, I may go grab some more! The most popular posts continue to be about Short Stories.


I sent poetry to Barefiction Magazine and entered the Poetry on Loan competition. I was rejected from both, Sarah James won the Poetry on Loan competition, delighted to know the winner at least.

Performing Poetry

The Poetry Lounge in the Sitting Room – Ludlow, hosted by Jean Atkin and headlined by Angela France.

Staffordshire Arts Festival – Reams of Dreams at St. Chad’s, hosted by Tom Wyre and Mal Dewwhirst.

Mouth & Music, Kidderminster, hosted by Heather Wastie & Sarah Tamar, headlined by Ben Norris

SpeakEasy, Worcester Hosted by Fergus McGonigal, headlined by Peter Wyton and also appearing Brenda Read-Brown, who won the Worcester LitFest Slam.

One Year a Poet – OYAP – A party of spoken word to celebrate one whole year back on the scene.

Poetry For Lunch, The Library of Birmingham, hosted by Jan Watts.

Spoken Word at The Ort, Birmingham, hosted by Debbie Aldous.

Poetry Bites, Birmingham, hosted by Jacqui Rowe, headlined by Charlie Jordan & Jan Smith.

Naked Lungs at Cherry Reds, Birmingham, hosted by Joe Whitehouse & Chris Baker, my fourth official booking to perform.

Word Up, Birmingham, hosted by Ddotti Bluebell, headlined by former Birmingham Laureate Stephen Morrison-Burke.

100,000 Poets for Change International Event: Carnival Records, Malvern, hosted by Clive Dee.

Sunday Xpress, Birmingham, hosted by Brendon, headlined by Ash Dickinson


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family – Ben Norris at the MAC.

Wolverley Village Tea Shop – Pop Up Poetry Event organised by Sue Wood and featuring Worcester Lit Fest poets and others.

Elvis McGonagall at The Hive, Worcester, an event organised by the Worcester Lit Fest.


For an in depth review click HERE

Blogs  & Projects

This month I was busy writing my first commission poetry on Urban Nature for Naked Lungs. Myself and 2 other poets performed as part of Birmingham Literature Festival.

I worked on a writing project of my own.

I continued to write poetry for 52.

I also started work on a Stanza project for Hanbury Hall, based on an Art Exhibition.

I also worked hard preparing and writing articles for INKSPILL and communicating with our 3 Guest Writers; William Gallagher, Charlie Jordan and Heather Wastie. This year’s writing retreat was a great success.


I am almost too depressed to post blog stats, last month for the first time in 21 months we had no new followers, this month saw 3 new members but I also think some people have stopped following the blog because the number of members has only gone up by 1. I am aware that 2015 has not allowed me time to connect with the blogging community and I am merrily typing away into a void read by a few of the 780+ followers.

We have rich stats and I see that there is more traffic month on month compared to 2014 and that keeps increasing without dips, so there are people out there reading and enjoying the blog, I mustn’t become too precious!


I missed all deadlines concentrating on one major project.

Performing Poetry

Opening Event Arts all Over the Place – Poetry, Performance and Everything Else Festival

Roy McFarlane’s Soulful Poetry Event

Birmingham Literature Festival Naked Lungs Commission – Urban Nature

Mouth & Music

SpeakEasy 1st Anniversary Special

Phenomenal Book to the Future Festival

Poetry For Lunch

Restless Bones Promo

42 Halloween

Mostly Halloween at The  at The Ort

Word Up

Events & Workshops

Poetry Workshop – National Poetry Day – Remember – Jan Watts and Cathy Crossley

Birmingham Poet Laureate Announcement and other Birmingham Literature Festival events including; Radio 4 Poetry Please with Roger McGough, With Great Pleasure, also recorded for BBC Radio 4, Rich McMahon & Tell Me on a Sunday, with Cat Weatherill.

Writing West Midlands Writing Meeting

David Calcutt – Wild Fire – Writing Workshop in Community Gardens

Angela France – Poetry Workshop

——————————–November ————————————

Blogs and Projects

I continue with the final push of 52 – write a poem a week and keep going.

I am currently working on a project which I hope to complete by the end of 2015.

I submitted my poetry for Hanbury Hall, DAN – based on Artworks on display in the long gallery.

I got involved with 16 Days of Activism, women’s rights and global impact for those women who suffer at the hands of their country. I wrote three poems on the agenda and performed them in the Bookbox, in the Library of Birmingham.


I am excited to reveal that I will be supporting Daniel Sluman, an amazing Nine Arches Press poet, in promoting his next collection in 2015. Watch out for some posts about Daniel in the New Year AND BUY HIS BOOKS – they would make great Christmas gifts.

For now INKSPILL posts from our online retreat remain pinned to the first page, they will be unpinned in the New Year to make room for Daniel Sluman, the links will still be available, search INKSPILL in categories to find them.

All year I have been proud that the traffic through the site has increased on a monthly basis from 2013. However, last year I went NaNo crazy and participated in the Spring and Summer Camps as well as the main NaNoWriMo Event in November and much of last year’s stats for November were driven by NaNo participants and posts. So this month, which I think has seen the fewest posts ever, did not generate extra traffic. Healthy stats nonetheless though, so thanks everyone for your continued support and reading.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2013 404 575 461 966 1,161 1,094 933 942 1,340 1,891 2,620 2,001 14,388
2014 1,973 1,556 1,620 1,604 1,651 1,287 1,391 1,441 1,957 2,299 1,685

We now have 783 followers and I hope we continue to expand.


I made two submissions this month, six poems are flying around the ether awaiting responses.

I received my proof copy of Remember Poetry Anthology Published by Paragram and look forward to holding the book soon.

Performing Poetry

I have started to take a back seat with regards to events. I have thoroughly enjoyed my year of being prolific and it has raised my profile as a local poet, I want to concentrate on writing and projects I am already involved with in 2015 so I am looking for unique opportunities to share my work. This is not to say I won’t be an open mic poet – because I will, just doing fewer events each month.

November saw five performances, a book launch (including a performance) and a workshop.

Coventry Nightblue Fruit with Cork Poets at the Big Comfy Bookshop – Adam Wyeth, Cal Doyle & Kathy D’Arcy Nightblue fruit

Mouth & Music at the BHG – Boars Head with Fergus McGonigal & Humdrum Express M & M

Medical Themed Quiet Compere at the Strand, Cheltenham with Sarah L Dixon Medical Themed

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 Restless & 16 Days

Events & Workshops

Workshop with Emma Purshouse, Bilston Art Gallery, Craft & Conflict Craft & Conflict

Book Launch – The Failed Idealist’s Guide to the Tatty Truth By Fergus McGonigal Book Launch


WWM – Writing West Midlands – Young Writing- where I started my first of three 1 to 1 Mentoring sessions.


Blogs  & Projects

This month I have struggled  with ill health which meant I have missed opportunities and events.

52 ended and I was offline and ill for the best part of the end of this amazing project, which I wish I could have been more involved with.

A group of Stanza Poets were invited by the Arts Network to perform our Hanbury Hall Poems at the Christmas social.


We have had a year of rich stats,  more traffic month on month compared to 2013 and that keeps increasing without dips, so there are people out there reading and enjoying the blog. We have 784 followers.


I didn’t submit any poetry this month.

Performing Poetry

I missed most events as I wasn’t well enough to attend.

Small Business Saturday – Performing at South Cart Books in Walsall along with other poets, organised by David Calcutt.


Spoken Word at The Ort Christmas Event

Events & Workshops


WWM – Writing West Midlands – Young Writing- & 1 to 1 Mentoring session.

David Calcutt – Wild Fire 2 – Writing Workshop in Community Gardens. Working on a group poem project which will eventually feature in the garden.

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For an in depth review of the year, check out this post

AWF 2014

2013 – YEAR 1 – ARCHIVED

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2013 The return of the writer.

I am planning on writing a monthly reflection, as much for myself as anything, would be lovely if people replied with their thoughts too.

Tell me how your month of writing has gone!

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December


Hours of writing/research approx:                         68hrs

including  27hrs Blogging – on AWF and others

Manuscript word count (based on 1000 a day,  20,000-30,000):             8,440  (oooppps!)

Submissions made:               2

Dream Catcher, 2500 wd recount.

Sweet Dreams, 250 wd short fictional scene.

Unrelated and neither about an actual dream or dreaming, in fact I hadn’t realised the titles had anything in common until just now, the pieces certainly didn’t.

New projects and opportunities found @last:                 6

Blog posts:                               45

Blog likes:                     Week 2 = 10, 20

Wk 3 = 50,

Wk 4 = 54

Blog Followers:            Week 1 = 2,

end week 2 = 8,

end of week 3 = 17, 21

end week 4 = 22, 23, 26

Approx word count: (not including Blog or main m/s):                 6329

Daily Posts:                  2

Books Read: to see Titles follow Goodreads link:                        6

Non-writing related competitions entered:                                    2

Winning Funds £34K – didn’t win a penny!

Hours of ‘real life paid work’:                                                 96 hr approx.

Position: Exhausted!


Use a laptop/ PC not connected to the internet to complete your writing.

No matter how tired you are feeling, do it anyway!

_______________ FEBRUARY 2013 ___________ Review

Hours of writing                   72

Submissions made                6

New projects and opportunities found        4

Blog Followers – Week 5 = 28, end week 6 =41 , end of week 7 = 63, end week 8 = 72

Thanks to everyone who has followed since JANUARY & big thanks for January readers and followers for still splashing in the waters of the fountain!

Books Read: 2 and a bit       – to see Titles follow Goodreads link

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There is a more general review that isn’t statistical here >https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/under-construction-2/


Make a writing schedule and try to stick to it.

______________ MARCH 2013 ___________ Review

Hours of writing                82.5 hrs

Top Tips

Forgive yourself if you have to let a few projects go, especially if you have been ill.

Keep setting the wordcount targets and try your best to reach them!

______________ April 2013 ___________

Hours of Writing: I have lost the diary I log my hours in and now I know that there is a balance between the hours of writing I do and the other parts of my life I don’t tend to log my writing time. I can feel it is there, I know I am writing!

Submissions made: 0

ZERO!? What! I am okay with that, this month I had a few competitions listed on my schedule and I had signed up to Camp NaNoWriMo and listed my blog with NaPoWriMo, so along with hundreds of thousands of other writers and poets I wrote everyday. A poem a day and a target of 50,000 on my current Non-fiction manuscript (the one I shelved back in March to pursue freelance opportunities). It has been a very SUCCESSFUL writing month, I have the writing though, it is not as yet ready to submit anywhere!

I’m sure you can’t help notice all the Nano posts on my blog, you will know I slam dunked the 50K and have over 54K to add to my manuscript. I hope to continue to write and edit and have it ready for submission by the end of the year! camp_nano_promo_13

Due to all the time I spent on these projects, I found that it was impossible to set my mind to the task of writing short stories for competitions so I crossed out the April Schedule listings. I decided to concentrate on training the writer in me (which I abandoned in the 90’s) I have attended a fantastic 1 day workshop with Keith Lindsay in comedy writing, attended a Performance Poetry event, signed up for writing classes and a network afternoon AND enrolled on an online writing course (currently on assignment 2).

New projects found: Have a full May writing schedule (lots)

Blog followers: 162

I am amazed and delighted by this increase and I think I owe some of it to the Nano posts. Thank you to everyone who follows, comments and likes, I am very grateful to you all.

Books read: 1 (I am participating in Good Reads and hoping the summer will help me towards final target numbers!)

The 1 book I am reading is a very long book and I had to finish the novel before, so I think it is only about 16 days on the new LONG novel! I have read a couple of writing magazines and lots of articles online, including all those as research for my manuscript (Nan0).


Prioritise – you can’t do everything, so choose which projects fulfil yourself and your aims the best, concentrate and focus on these.

If you miss a writing opportunity make a note of it and look out for it again next year.

Enjoy your writing. When you reach the point that it is grating, switch to something else or leave your PC completely (even if you’re close to a deadline) you are likely to find that spending sometime away from your focus helps you find more energy and drive to complete your targets when you sit back down.

If (like me) you have no writing desk and your bed is your office, over time, even with fabulous support pillows, you may find you suffer back pain and can’t walk straight for the first minute when you get up!

I may have said this tip before – Invest in a Polar Cup, your Costa/Starbucks/ Local coffee house is just within reach and it hasn’t cost you much!

https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/ check out this post for my review of April.


I forgot to mention the awards we picked up too this month! Thanks for the nominations – AWF received liebster-award2013-shine_on-from-eye-dancera best-moment-award-2 and over likeable-blog-1000-2xlikes!

________________ May 2013 ___________________

Read the general review of this writing month here

I continue to write without statistical analysis – there is balance and I am doing enough writing for now, ensuring I make a good go of every action logged on the writing schedule.

Submissions made                5

New projects and opportunities found        over 3.

Blog Followers – 220 followed-blog-200-1x

Thanks to everyone who has followed this blog, I hope you all enjoy splashing in the waters of the fountain!

Books Read: 1– to see Titles follow Goodreads link *this needs updating – will link

I read lots of articles in print and on the internet too, many for research.

I planned for Summer Camp NaNoWriMo July

I attended 3 writing workshops for scriptwriting.

I started writing classes in the City.

Received 1 rejection

—————————————— JUNE —————————————————

June was another frantic, active month.

I finished the Children’s Book Writing Course with Clare Belle, I also completed the online writing course Rhetorical Composition II.

I wrote a picture book manuscript (which I will spend July revising and working on) and I prepared for Summer Camp NaNoWriMo style! A virtual writing retreat and a good way to motivate knuckle down and get work produced. I completed it in April alongside NaPoWriMo for poets.

My friend from the theatre writing workshops with Alan Harris, saw her short play accepted for performance in July. Congrats Debbie!

And Alan has a new show out in Cardiff in July also. I sadly missed seeing both of these due to work and moving!

I didn’t write for submission and had 10 days offline whilst I moved!

In other news at this half way point; I resigned my job (fingers crossed on that one), I moved (in case you haven’t read about it!) I celebrated my oldest nephew’s 8th birthday and my mum’s birthday too. And I ate the first batch of fruits of our labour – strawberries from the plants in the garden that we transplanted a while back from the allotment. Mmmmmm!

I look forward to another busy summer month in July, on the writing front I should reach the end of Camp with 2 pieces ready to edit and submit and one working project to carry forward (Novella). I hope to do a few writers meetings – one with the Regional NaNo group and one with the people from Clare’s Course. I need another critique on my picture book manuscript – or I will by then!

Another thing I need to work on early July!

I also finish work, have leaving party, have a friend staying (not that the house will be ready) and have signed up for another online writing course that starts July 15th!

And of course in between writing I shall be unpacking the house.

Submissions 0

Writing 2 Short Story and Children’s Book manuscript

Blog followers 267

Blog post for June https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/june-review-of-the-month/



Another month of this writing year flies past!

  • footer-campI joined Camp NaNoWriMo, and managed to complete my 20000 word count target for two short stories. My first ever attempt at writing a vampire story – I now need to work on and edit these stories for submission. I also FINALLY went to a regional NaNoWriMo Write In – I had tried to do them back in April, but I didn’t have a chance. 13006_10151374017814299_822968861_n
  • write1 I didn’t have a schedule planned for July as I knew that this month would be one of the most hectic of the year so far. Especially as I moved house, finished work and had a friend from Australia stay with us.
  • I also rewrote my picture book manuscript and joined a writing critique group for a meeting. It was my first experience of a critique group – it was useful. imagesCAH8TZHF
  • I joined an online writing course – Stunt Writing 101 – and started a daily gratitude on the blog. stunt-writing-final1-1
  • imagesCABXRBCK I found out about a Wonder Woman Event in October and it sparked an idea for my blog.
  • Some readers have notified me to encourage a writing challenge to be regularly posted on the AWF blog. https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/a-writers-fountain-monthly-writing-challenge-my-valentine/

Submissions 0

Writing 2 Short Stories and Children’s Book manuscript

Blog followers 329

——————————— AUGUST ———————————–

August has been one long break from writing – this was not my intention for the month, however it seemed my muse had other plans. I think after July and NaNoWriMo I had lost some momentum as writer and needed a breather to recover.

I kept my hand in by further editing work I had already started writing and researching for further opportunities.

Submissions 2

A total of 6 poems for two e publishers.

I have a full ACTION plan ready for September crammed full of writing. I have booked tickets for a Literature Festival in October. I have another workshop to attend in mid-October and I am busy planning, INKSPILL, our very own writing retreat online.

Blog Followers 372 – thanks to each and everyone of you for reading, commenting and enjoying awritersfountain.


  • Know when to take a breather and when to push on through. Learn to recognise the difference between laziness and exhaustion and take the appropriate positive action – a rest or a push!
  • Get someone else to motivate you if you can’t manage to spur yourself on.

We all need a personal cheerleader from time to time, but the most important lesson I have learnt is just to

KEEP ON GOING! Move yourself forward and celebrate.

______________________________ SEPTEMBER ___________________________________

Another incredible month to start the last third of the year! Where has 2013 gone? The excitement inside my writing heart reached an all time high this month as I made my way back on the circuit and connected with and met so many other wonderful writers.

Blog Followers – 451

This is an incredible number and a joy to reach so many people. I am grateful for your support, I had to celebrate bashing the 450 barrier and have been feeling incredibly lucky.

Despite managing to get back on track with the writing schedule and action plans I didn’t make any submissions this month. I did however get out and about in the writing world which if I had done it all back to back would equate for at least 48 hours!

  • I planned Inkspill
  • I attended Writers’ Network Meetings
  • I networked and made some new contacts
  • I met 2 other writers who decided 2013 was also they year they gave up permanent full time employment to pursue creative missions.
  • I wrote parts of stories and a few complete poems
  • I attended a book launch
  • I met new writers and after being invited to gate-crash a celebratory curry, took it one brave step further and added them to my Facebook account
  • I joined Stanza (Poetry Society groups) critiques for poetry and attended my first meeting
  • I found out about several writing venues and events
  • I asked for a writing job and got it!
  • I read books and scribbled lots of words
  • I attended a seminar run by Margaret Silf
  • I ordered a load of books (well 4) that have been recommended time and time again over this past month;

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  • I watched live performance and emailed the resident playwright
  • I grounded my decision to pursue the rebirth of me the poet first


Get out there – out and about – away from your desk, meet people, talk to other writers.

Collaborate and share – work together.


If you don’t ask you wont receive… so ASK!

Surround yourself with creative, like minded, positive people.

A positive attitude creates positive things.

Most of all enjoy what you do and keep doing it!

Spread your wings slowly to expand.

Fifteen years is a long time, but it’s not the end of the world.

_____________________________ OCTOBER _______________________

I can barely believe that there are just 2 months left of 2013.

This has been another amazing month in my writing world and I am very grateful for all the new opportunities I have and people I have met this month.

There is a more on depth review here

Blog Followers – 486

Inkspill – the Writing Retreat we hosted at the end of the month was a great success according to site statistics. We had the busiest day of hits ever – 162 and some writers have found the posts quite useful. They remain live – in case you missed the fun of the weekend.

Another outcome of the traffic over the weekend was old posts getting re-popularised and even reblogged on other sites.

Again no submissions have been made this month, I was going to enter the Poetry Society Competition but I have decided there is nothing I am ready to submit just yet, again it’s on the list for next year.

  • Performed poetry in Leamington Spa.
  • Attended many great events, book launches and shows as part of Birmingham Literature festival. Got a big chance to watch poets perform.
  • Poetry Publishing workshop – Jane Commane – Nine Arches Press.
  • Emmapress Poetry Tour – Book Launch – Mildly Erotic Poetry and performed in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
  •  Performed Poetry in Birmingham at the ORT and the University.
  • Met many, many (famous) poets and writers.
  • Talked to lots of poets and soaked up the inspiration.
  • Finalised and facilitated Inkspill Writing Retreat.
  • I bought more poetry books.
  • I read lots.
  • I went to Stanza meetings.
  • I signed up for NaNoWriMo and
  • I became – Poet First.


  • Listen to your inner voice – it can guide you and often knows more than you do.
  • Approach people, talk to them. Writers are people too and a source to point you in the right direction, I have discovered more avenues to explore by being brave.
  • Get your books signed. Make it personal to you.
  • Do a little research. The internet is an amazing tool beyond social media.
  • When you are ready… JUMP – you will know when this time comes!

____________November _____________

Here we are the last but one month …. 2013 has been a whirlwind and I am delighted to say I jumped without knowing what over the edge offered – and what it has offered is a great life as a poet with some new and wonderful people in my life!

A full review can be found here;


Blog Followers 533

Once again no submissions (I will rebalance this in 2014) I have however done lots out there in the world of spoken word and SUPPORTING fellow writers.

  • I performed at Poets for Peace at the ORT for remembrance day Peace
  • I did my debut performance at SpeakEasy in Worcester. SpeakEasy
  • I attended a Stanza meeting. (Poetry Society)
  • I got lost in Oxford and missed a workshop and book launch poetry event Lost Weekend
  • I performed at Purple Penumbra at the Old Rep Theatre in Sandwell. Performing
  • I went to the Writers’ Toolkit Conference event at Birmingham Ormiston Academy Toolkit
  • I performed at Sunday Xpress in Digbeth on the launch of Miss Halliwell’s new CD Sunday Xpress
  • I performed flash fiction for the first time at Drummonds 42 Flash event in Worcester. 42 Flashes
  • I attended a book launch by Maurice Riordan and Andrea France at Waterstones Birmingham. book launch
  • I attempted the Writers Digest PAD challenge and managed to write about 20 poems.
  • I WON NaNoWriMo and have over 51000 words – half a book for the future or a platform for creating short stories from the characters and situations at least!


Find calendars of events in your region, pen them ALL into your diary and choose week by week where you want to go and where you want to be seen.

Contacts are useful and often appear out of nowhere!

Keep an address book of all the people you meet with notes on areas where they can support you.

Support other writers, buy there books, I have bought 3 this month.

Find where you want to be and go there.

Surround yourself with a supportive network. Lean when you need to.

——————— December———————

In December many of the spoken word events close up early for the holidays, which is a good idea as it gives us all a little breather.

It was a great end to a fantastic year! 2013 the first year of the writer!

I attended lots of events;

West Midland’s Region Network – Short Stories – reader Event

Black Pear Press Anthology Launch

Stanza meeting

Amy Rainbow’s Book Launch


Reader’s Digest 1oo word submission.

Spoken Word

Mouth & Music – Kidderminster


Followers 579


award dragon doncharisma-org-not-on-freshly-pressed-award-3-300x300 Blog of the Year Award 6 star jpeg

2013 has been a fantastic year of writing and blogging – thanks to all of you who have taken the steps of this journey beside me!

2014 will now be reviewed at the top of this page.


13 responses »

  1. I don’t think I can decompose my writing in the manner you did. My goal was to try and post more regularly on my blog. Once I get into a rhythm, I will go back to trying to polish up or finish up some short stories I have worked on. I try to balance my creative outlet with my part time (that seems sometimes like a full time )job with parenting.

    • For the past 6 years my life has been out of kilter – my main aim in 2013 was to take charge and get the balance back, I suppose this has a lot to do with the partitioning that’s going on, To be honest the maths took so long I’m not sure the rest of the year will be posted in quite the same way.

      I am delighted with how good January has been for me and my writing skin. I was forced into a part time role just before Christmas and I am going to make it work for me. I’m with you on the part time feels like a full time job!
      I wanted to start a blog and I have – like many people January seemed like a good place to start but it was also when I clambered back on the writing wagon.
      My February Focus will mainly be offline writing as I have a few pieces in the pipeline already. I will still come to Blogland to splash in the waters of the fountain though.

  2. I couldn’t divide my month of writing up like that either. It would probably read – writing time spent blogging 45% – writing time spent procrastinating 37% – writing time spent writing – 8% (slight exaggeration there but you get my drift.) My goal for 2013 is get my novel finished by the end of March then do something else. I like the idea of a monthly log though. 🙂

    • I don’t think I will do this deconstruction again – especially as I haven’t logged all the information this month. I have been too busy writing. I have been guilty of procrastinating for the past 6 years!
      How far along is the novel?

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