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.

Season’s change over the Brecons

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.


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