Hedgehogs of the sea

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

Creating viaducts from calico

I’ve had the best morning. My first visit as poet for Secret Severn art trail was to Both in Stitches, a collaboration between local artists Jo Clarke and Angie Silkstone. Their work is a blend of embroidery and painting and they create pieces that reflect the unique landscape of Ironbridge Gorge. This was an industrial … Continue reading Creating viaducts from calico

Imposter

What is imposter syndrome? It’s having a poem accepted for publication yesterday and thinking it must be because they’re desperate for stuff. It’s having a poem rejected yesterday and finding comfort that at least they didn’t just accept that piece at the start of the year because they were desperate. It’s reading one thing that … Continue reading Imposter

I’m so excited about this…and a tiny bit nervous…

It's been ages since my last post. I've been writing on and off, as well as spending time with family and the all the recovery that entails. I'm in the midst of a big copywriting project, which I'm loving but doesn't leave lot of brain space for my other work. Having said that, I've managed … Continue reading I’m so excited about this…and a tiny bit nervous…

I submit…

Lots and lots of submissions sent today, it's a funny mix of happy excitement (they might accept) and nervous negativity (they might not) but the good far outweighs the bad. Having work accepted for publication validates it somehow; it moves beyond just being liked by kind friends, and into something that is valued by people … Continue reading I submit…