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

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

On committees and editors

I’ve had my first meeting in my role as Poet in Residence for the Secret Severn Art Trail. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous – those who’ve worked with me will remember my absolute hatred of meetings, and my tendency to turn into a disruptive child when forced to take part. It … Continue reading On committees and editors

Cut up your words

My Poetry School course this term is Ancient Tongues and Hybrid Texts. I’m revisiting my love of Old English and exploring how I can manipulate and combine ancient and modern words to create ones. I’m fascinated by how our minds make meaning,by imprting and amalgamating despite the apparent disparity between the texts. So far, I’ve … Continue reading Cut up your words

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…