The theme for this years #nationalpoetryday is Change. There are events and readings taking place across the country, including some in Telford. I’m learning more and more about the ways that poetry is used in schools, care homes and hospitals. It’s something that sparks tremendous interest in me.
On that basis, my “change” is going to be to discover what is around that I could get involved in. As I’ve said many times, M.E. is isolating, but I’m hopeful that if I’m a willing volunteer, I can negotiate around things like lifts to places. I have always believed that writing, particularly poetry, is a great catalyst for collaboration. An out of season resolution is always a good thing.
Seeing poetry as an everyday way of expressing, rather than a remote “not for me” thing is fabulous. I hope it continues.
In other news, I’ve entered several competitions, and submitted to four more publications. I’ve taken heed of expert advice and given plenty of time to research so I find the right home for my style and themes. Obviously I’ll shout from the rooftops if any submissions are successful. More details are on the competitions and submissions tab.
Work with The Poetry School is going well, and I’m busy building up my collection of submittable work. I’ve put a little more of my short fiction on the short fiction tab too. This is work that came from my OCA assignments, and is a good record of development.
Thanks as ever for your interest. If you know anyone who’d be interested in my work, then do invite them to like either this blog, or my Facebook page.
Kathryn is a writer based in Shropshire. She writes short fiction, flash fiction and poetry. She has no formal education in creative writing but she reads every poetry book she can get her hands on, and enjoys various online writing groups and courses.
Kathryn has M.E., which brings its own challenges to her working practice, and means she has to monitor her activity with great care. Despite the frustration of these limitations she has reached her goal of having work published, thanks to support from Nine Arches Press Dynamo mentoring scheme.
Kathryn has work published or forthcoming in print magazines like Mslexia, Popshot Quarterly and The Dawntreader and online in places like Words for the Wild, Nine Muses Poetry, Sledgehammer and Riggwelter Press. She was longlisted for the 2019 Fish prize for short fiction, and Paper Swans Press single poem prize in 2020.
Kathryn is a columnist for Spelt Magazine, and has recently been awarded a micro bursary from Raven Studios in Shrewsbury to work on a new pamphlet. She also accepts private commissions under the moniker Poems from the Hare.
When her health allows, Kathryn works as a freelance copywriter and can write confidently across a range of subjects, including travel, food, literature, hospitality and customer service. In addition to these core topics, excellent research skills means she can tackle subjects as diverse as muscle cars and dog training. She takes on proofreading and editing work as requested. You can find out more at her business site
Kathryn loves language and its persuasive power. Most of all she loves to write.
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