So I need to generate some publicity for Yes to Tigers. Readings are out - at least for the time being, so I made this poetry film. It's one of the poems from the zine, first published in Words for the Wild,and inspired by work from Angie Silkstone and Jo Clarke aka Both in Stitches. … Continue reading Your shadow at morning – poetry film
Ah I’m sad this course has finished. It’s been a challenge in some ways but I’m glad I stuck with it. I feel like I’m writing with honesty and clarity, as opposed to trying to shoehorn myself into a style that doesn’t fit. It’s an odd thing this poetry business. Social media means I have … Continue reading Telling stories
Reasons M.E. sucks number 76 It stops me doing stuff. Sometimes, it’s because I’m too ill to get up. Sometimes it’s because my brain won’t work. Sometimes it's because I'm in too much pain. Sometimes it’s because the sheer effort of planning enough rest before I take part in anything, and the fear of consequence, … Continue reading Two steps back
My last visit before the trail was to Mike and Suki White. They’re multi-talented, working with print, clay, and porcelain as well as being part of Wrekin Writers group. Their studio is tucked behind the Belfrey Theatre in Wellington, and it's shared with several other ceramicists on the art trail. On the day I visited, … Continue reading Pots and porcelain paper clay – Mike and Suki White
I’ve admired Maggie’s paintings for several years, so I was really excited about the chance to spend some tine with her. Maggie’s studio is unassuming and bursting with beautiful work. She showed me her huge range of styles, moving from vivid, almost abstract pieces to delicately detailed country scenes and charming festive illustrations. Two of … Continue reading Shropshire hills, and swans in Prague – a visit with Maggie Humphry
Do you know how sea urchins got their name? No? Well here goes. Hedgehogs used to be called urchins, sea urchins are spiny (like hedgehogs) and live in the sea (unlike hedgehogs), so the logical name is, of course sea urchins. Why am I telling you this? Because it’s a cheery fact, and it was … Continue reading Hedgehogs of the sea
My fourth visit as poet in residence for Secret Severn art trail was to The Strolling Stitcher. We talked about swans, safety pins and the magic of breathing life into old objects.
Submissions, rest and reinvigoration
My third visit on the Secret Severn art trail explores tissue, texture and Baobabs.