Category Archives: poetry

Poetry Workshop at Watt’s Gallery, Compton

  I am leading a poetry workshop at the Watt’s Gallery in Compton Surrey. It is a unique setting in the Surrey Hills and if you have never visited you have an amazing treat in store. G F Watts was a … Continue reading

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He died in France

My father died in France in high summer. One bitter-sweet memory was buying fruit from a street market to tempt his failing appetite. Cherries, ripe, red from a Rouen market, cupped in her hand. His hand, pale and still, in … Continue reading

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A Summer of Poetry

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An old poem for a new task on dVerse

I really wanted to participate in this week’s dVerse challenge – using verbs from a particular profession to strengthen a poem and to find new verbs to refresh an idea. Unfortunately I am very caught up in other writing with … Continue reading

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Olympic Storyteller – latest challenge

The latest challenge for the BT Olympic Storytellers was to pin down what puts the Great in Great Britain and to describe our greatest team for 2012. My piece was commended….so just off the podium this time! London 2012…the Greatest … Continue reading

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Universal problem … how to find your audience

Just on a whim we called in to the Bank Gallery in Chobham High Street to see what was going on. This lovely exhibition space opens twice yearly for six weeks, offering local artists and crafts-people the opportunity to display … Continue reading

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Silver!

It seems to me that ‘Olympics’ is fast becoming a word not to use and a subject not to talk about. It is fashionable to be anti the Games with talk of inequalities, no ticket availability, cost, disruption and on … Continue reading

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Launched!

The Loose Muse Anthology has launched…. … at the Whitechapel Gallery Not so long ago I was jumping about because I had received my very first writing commission and now the book is here! It is the first anthology published … Continue reading

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Roughly sculpted for Dverse

This is all edges and unfinished surfaces – a quick and dirty poem in response the the prompt at dVerse set by Victoria C Slotto. Views It begins. The tickle of water, receding. Wave upon wave. As each subsides a … Continue reading

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All my dogs are leaving home – just a little doggerel!

One by one they leave to roam the fields and nearby ditches. One of them has moved next door, another hides all day in hedges. Ignoring calls and tasty treats they trot off every morning throwing glowering backward glances at … Continue reading

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