Dear Blog, it has been a while but…
I’ve been juggling my MA, performance plans for Ledbury Poetry Festival, page poetry for my second collection and organising ‘Live Lit’ for a festival Literary Day.
More of all of these either later in this post or in the weeks to come. But first, I am delighted to have a poem, ‘I bite down on the memory’, in the latest issue of The Rialto, hurrah! I also heard this week that I’ve a poem in the next issue of Abridged (0 – 32: Lockjaw) – a visually stunning magazine, with some wonderful poetry inside. It also has an online version.
This year’s Ledbury Poetry Festival programme is now out – and I’m delighted to say that the Vaginellas have teamed up with the Decadent Divas for a night of fun, feminism, sauce and seriousness on July 11.
Meanwhile, behind the scenes, I had my first meeting as part of the Writing West Midlands Room 204 writer development programme, which I’m delighted to get a place on. I am now brimming with ideas for future poetry projects!
North West Poets now has a website, where copies of the anthology Sculpted: Poems of the North West can be bought. I’m delighted to have three poems in this book, which has already received some great reviews and press coverage.
The Mortal Man, an anthology to raise funds for The National Autistic Society is also now available to order online. I’ve contributed two poems to this.
Almost last, but very much not least, my poems and spectogram-art are some wheel-turns closer to appearing on Worcestershire buses. Besides being paid for my commission (always a good sign and great feeling), the designs have apparently now been printed…so watch this space, and those buses!
And, saving the most exciting to last, my second collection. I always get nervous talking about these things before the actual book is in my hand. But since it was accepted for publication earlier this year, the potential art for the cover is back – and looking very good!!! And now we’re talking layout and publicity, it finally feels like it’s becoming real…but I’ll stop there for today, for fear of jinxing it!