The thing about poetry acceptances is that, like buses, there often seems to be none for ages, then all the number 9s along at once!

Or maybe that’s just the bus-stop I stand at. Either way, it’s been a great week for me celebrating new poems in anthologies, poetry trails and the web.

Firstly, I’m chuffed to be able to blog about having three poems in the shortlist of 24 for this year’s Ilkley Festival poetry competition! I only wish I’d been able to make it up to the festival to hear the winning poems.

Meanwhile, last Thursday was National Poetry Day and I celebrated with pupils at a local first school, leading some poetry workshops which saw them reading and writing some stellar poetry. It was fun, if exhausting(!), work.

Over at the Avoncroft Musuem of Hisoric Buildings near Bromsgrove, a special trail of poetry produced by Worcestershire Poetry Society members was set up in time to mmark National Poetry Day. I am delighted to have three poems on display – ‘Pre-Fab Prayer’, ‘Winnowing’ and ‘Chasing Memories’ – which can be found at the mission church, threshing barn and windmill respectively until January 2013.

I was also chuffed this week to hear I’ve had a poem accepted for The Literary Bohemian – a fantastic-looking webzine with some cracking content.

On the anthology front too, it is a busy month, including:
‘Milking Demonstration’ published in Musings on Mothering by Mother’s Milk Books in support of La Leche League;
‘Fine Line’ published in Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot as a book and an e-book;
‘Your Secret Lover’ is also published in Writers’ Abroad’s Foreign Encounters available in just a few weeks time…

Final words for this week, as last, are again a reminder that, over at Knives Forks and Spoons Press, the second issue of Establishment magazine is open for submissions.