It’s been a while since I blogged about my news. But one of the best things about this length of time is that the good news has amassed more than it might have if summed up fortnightly!

I’m delighted that my lovely things to celebrate include a novella and poetry pamphlet to be published next year. But also lots more – from competitions and individual pieces published right through to hard copies of my new illustrated writers’ and readers’ guide Sometimes I smile.

NEW POETRY PAMPHLET

On the poetry front, I’m delighted to have had a pamphlet How to Grow Matchsticks accepted by Against the Grain Press. The poems in the pamphlet are inspired both by strong women and the pressures women face in modern society and the pamphlet is scheduled for publication spring next year.

OTHER POETRY NEWS

Other news includes a different pamphlet ‘After My Mother Broke’ shortlisted in the Paper Swans Press pamphlet competition. (Big congratulations to the winner Paul Stephenson!)

I’m not quite sure where I go next with that pamphlet as a whole but I’m really pleased that one of the individual poems from my pamphlet have also had competition success. I’ve had to keep the news to myself for a while, but ‘The Day It Rained Horses’ has been highly commended in this year’s Wigtown Book Festival Poetry Competition!

This week I also found out that I’d been chosen as one of the poets to take part in a collaboration commission project Still Born. I will be writing a poem in response to beautiful, moving and thought-provoking art by Adinda van ‘t Klooster. The subject matter is hard – but important, so I’m very much looking forward to being part of this. Poems and art will be used for a book next year – so more on this as it develops.

Meanwhile, I’ve had a poem ‘Walking the Existential Dog’ published on Snakeskin, issue 243, September 2017.

Also three nature/eco-inspired poems ‘Reliance/Relevance’, ‘To hold a world steady’ and ‘Not It’, plus a spectrogram-photo published on Molly Bloom, 14, September 2017.

‘Chicken for dinner’ has been accepted for publication on Algebra of Owls later this month.

‘Another Shell’ accepted for Critical Survey.

‘Correcting a Stutter’ accepted for Eye Flash.

Meanwhile, I’ve also had my poem ‘How to be a Chinese Lantern’ accepted for the ‘light’ themed issue of Popshot.

kaleidoscope-coverNEW NOVELLA NEWS!

I’m very very very delighted on the fiction front to reveal that I’ve been commissioned to write a sequel novella to Kaleidocope – entitled Always Another Twist.

Although I signed my contract for the sequel with Mantle Lane Press earlier this summer, I’ve been nervous about sharing the news because it’s the first time I’ve agreed to publication of something so big before actually having finished it!

The sequel is told from the view point of Julie, the sister of Kaleidoscope‘s main character, Claire. I already had a draft version of Julie’s take on what happens to Claire from when Kaleidoscope was a much longer novella. But this needed to be expanded and developed into something more if it was to work in its own right. As a sequel to Kaleidoscope, Always Another Twist features many extra twists and turns in Julie’s life – also more love, lust, intrigue and betrayal than Claire’s story.

Despite my writing nerves, I really enjoyed working on this. Even better – not only is my publisher also happy with with the manuscript, but the cover design has now started too!!! Always Another Twist is scheduled for publication in spring 2018.

FLASH FICTION

My flash fiction ‘Not Running’ longlisted in the Casket of Fictional Delights competition.

My flash fiction ‘Making Space’ published in Firefly issue 11, September 2017.

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CREATIVE-NON-FICTION

I’m delighted that dna magazine have published my real life inspired piece ‘Hair today…” for their identity themed issue. (What I think my hair says about me, maybe!

Arachne Press have also published my blogpost ‘Significance’ about writing, inspiration, the imagination and more. Take a look around the Arachne Press site and it’s incredible to see what the press has achieved in just five years!!!

READER/WRITER GUIDE/SOMETIMES I SMILE

The response to my Wednesday Reflections for Sometimes I smile has been so great that I’ve put the year’s worth of poem biographies, reading discussion points, inspiration prompts and images as a book.

The blogposts will continue to be released on a weekly basis. But for anyone who would like to get them in advance, or have them all together in one place, I’ve now published Sometimes I smile as a paperback book/resource. You can find it on Amazon.co.uk Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

V. PRESS & POETRY EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 30, FREE VERSE, LONDON

This year’s Poetry Book Fair takes place on Saturday, September 30 at Conway Hall in London and I will again be taking V. Press.

As well as a stand, this year we also have a V. Press reading by Stephen Daniels and Nina Lewis at 3pm at the GARDEN CAFE in RED LION SQUARE.

“Unbroken : V. Press poets celebrate connection/disconnection.
Stephen Daniels reads from ‘Tell Mistakes I Love Them’, exposing social nerves and poking at the wounds with very vulnerable and very poignant poems. Worcestershire poet laureate Nina Lewis offers a very authentic and very fervent glimpse of ‘Fragile Houses’ – tender and sharp snapshots of people, places and memories carried through life.”

Later that day, I will also be reading for Arachne Press at 4.30pm at the Garden Café in Red Lion Square.

The fair itself is free to enter and is open to the public from 11am – 6pm, with an Evening Do from 7pm onwards, at Conway Hall (25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL).

OCTOBER 6, WATERSTONES, BIRMINGHAM

Thursday 5th October – An Unconventional History of Maidenhood, Mothering and Mistresses
Waterstones, Birmingham – Thursday 5th October 19:30 – 21:00

Katy Wareham Morris will be performing poetry from her collaborative pamphlet with Ruth Stacey, Inheritance. Ruth Stacey will be sharing poems from her collaborative pamphlet with Katy Wareham Morris, Inheritance, and her collection, Queen, Jewel, Mistress. And Sarah James (aka Sarah Leavesley) will be reading from her poetry collection, Plenty-Fish, and from her brand new novella, Kaleidoscope.

There will also be a book signing. The Waterstones event page here.Waterstones address: 24-26 High St, Birmingham B4 7SL

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FINALLY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, BIG THANKS AND GRATITUDE TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE INVOLVED IN MAKING THESE LOVELY THINGS HAPPEN!!!