Category Archives: Poetry

The loss of language and the language of loss

At the Hay Festival last week I listened to two poetry readings, one after the other. Both, coincidentally, talked about the loss of language. Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales, had also experienced the loss of language. Reading some … Continue reading

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A few wise words from the Hay Festival

This week I am lucky enough to be at the Hay Festival – a famous literary festival held at Hay-in-Wye just over the border in Powys, Wales. It has been a pretty rainy affair (I think they may have to … Continue reading

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Reading your writing

Tonight I’m doing my first poetry reading. Not on my own, thank goodness, but with a group of fellow writers from Poetica in Manchester at Manchester Museum. Being a novice it has been interesting trying to select which three poems … Continue reading

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Here, Bullet

If a body is what you want then here is bone and gristle and flesh. Here is the clavicle-snapped wish, the aorta’s opened valves, the leap thought makes at the synaptic gap. Brian Turner, Here, Bullet, Bloodaxe Books 2007 These … Continue reading

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When ‘good enough’ is good enough

Yesterday, delving in the depths of my rucksack, I found a piece of paper with a poem on. With some horror I realised it was the final, final version of the poem I had sent in to the competition the … Continue reading

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Poet in the making

So, today I entered my first poetry competition. It cost £1 to enter and is not going to make me famous. But it did make me feel a little bit like a ‘proper’ poet. I’ve been writing poetry on an … Continue reading

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