A few English haiku about faking bravery on the back of a vespa in Saigon

Exactly what the title says. Hope you enjoy them. If you get to the end there's a short poem about a journey on an ox cart too. Haiku after faking bravery on the back of a Vespa in Saigon My helmet alertsI am tourist, in lettersand mew fear of death. A thousand thousanddrawn to this … Continue reading A few English haiku about faking bravery on the back of a vespa in Saigon

Bees and bursaries

Tiny hiatus this week – my course with Wendy Pratt has finished, and I’ve a small break before my next course with Poetry School starts. I’m so grateful to be able to do these – funds aren’t abundant, and poetry is definitely a luxury, but both Wendy and the Poetry School offer discounted courses that … Continue reading Bees and bursaries

Dedication

I hated Record Breakers. It was incredibly dull (except for the domino challenges), and all that wholesome patience grated on me. It still does, even more so now I know it's true. Getting work published takes a long time. The first step is research. Which journal is most likely to like my work? Where's open … Continue reading Dedication

Pots and porcelain paper clay – Mike and Suki White

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

Shropshire hills, and swans in Prague – a visit with Maggie Humphry

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

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…

How to keep going

#Primers, #amwriting, #poetrytuesday Ah, there is a phrase about being careful what you wish for. The good news is I'm not waiting to see if I've made it on to the Primers mentoring programme. The bad news is I haven't been chosen. I'm sad, of course. No other words really. I've consoled myself by looking … Continue reading How to keep going

Mostly horizontal

Unsurprising considering my august August. Fun and fabulousness means a time of being not very well at all. As ever, I tried to battle through, which worked as well as it always does. Was it worth it? Most definitely. Would I like not to lose two weeks for four days of happy times. Of course. … Continue reading Mostly horizontal