Hedgehog Poetry Press -Halloween Anthology!

I’m delighted to say that my poem ‘The House of Dark Hearts’ appears in The Hedgehog Poetry Press‘s anthology of fabulously spooky poems! @hedgehogpoetry #Halloween #Halloween2020 #Boo

Image courtesy of Hedgehog Poetry Press

Copies available from Hedgehog Press here or via Amazon over there

Many thanks to Ed. Mark Davidson for including me alongside such mighty fine poetry!


Prose Poetry at The Poetry School

I meant to post this some time ago but life got in the way – it’s a ‘shout out’ with thanks to The Poetry School and Carrie Etter whose course, ‘Historicising the Prose Poem‘ I completed a short while ago.

@poetryschool @Carrie_Etter


I’m a complete novice at the genre; confused and perhaps a little annoyed (!) by the perceived view that it’s hard to define. However, through a series of assignments, excellent feedback and the fellow classmates’ work, I began to understand its intriguing complexity and attraction. There were some incredible poets doing the course and I had a wonderful time reading their work and learning from their understanding of Prose Poetry.

Carrie Etter
US expat poet, fiction writer
University Lecturer

Carrie has mastered the genre to great effect, as evidenced in her collection which was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. It’s the very moving — Imagined Sons published by Seren Books

and in her forthcoming publication — The Shooting Gallery which can be pre-ordered from Verve Poetry Press

The Shooting Gallery now available for pre-order!
from Verve Poetry Press

Although the Poetry School’s online system may be a little clunky, their support staff are extremely helpful. I enjoyed expert tuition, a great standard of work from fellow poets and superb feedback. I will certainly enrol for another Poetry School some time.

In the meantime I’m delighted to say that two of my poems from the course are about to be published, one in @EyeFlashPoetry and another in @PoetryBusMag !

Eye Flash Poetry Journal
The Poetry Bus Magazine

Many thanks for reading this blog page 🙂

My Poetry News

An update on my own writing – having begun to write again earlier this year, I’m very glad to say that the past couple of weeks I’ve had a bit of a lucky run.

I sent out a little bundle of poems and now have some in three forthcoming publications, one in an art exhibition and one was Highly Commended in a poetry competition.

Of Earth and Sky project by artist Luke Jerram

Some of my words have been chosen alongside those of other poets, by artist Luke Jerram of Museum of the Moon for the ‘Of Earth and Sky’ exhibition @OfEarthandSky

and they’re written into the landscape of the city of Gloucester, U.K. Luke’s Gaia Earth is the pinnacle of the ‘Earth and Sky’ exhibition and you can find out the Gaia Earth tour dates here

To read my poem ‘From the Heart’, click here –

at the Boating Lake Gloucester


My poem ‘always.whatever’ is included in Eye Flash Poetry’s ‘Dog’ Pocket Pamphlet.

Copies of this delightful pamphlet and other tempting things – can be pre-ordered by clicking here –

Image courtesy of Eye Flash Poetry Journal
eds. Charlotte Begg and Anna Britton


Many thanks to poetry competition judge Sarah James who Highly Commended my poem ‘How to Forecast During a Pandemic’ for the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Competition – in association with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
and will be printed in the winners’ anthology – on sale this October from – here –

GWN Logo - Gloucestershire Writers Network Writing Competition Cheltenham Literature Festival Competition
Image courtesy of The Gloucestershire Writers’ Network – GWN


I’m very happy to have a poem in Hedgehog Poetry Press’s forthcoming spooky Halloween anthology The House in the Forest. Details available from the website – release date 31st October 2020 – mwah ha ha!

Image courtesy of The Hedgehog Poetry Press
ed. Mark Davidson


Finally, my poem ‘Of the Master’ will appear in The Poetry Bus Magazine (PB9) @PoetryBusMag – the mag will be fundraising and hope to publish September 2020.

Image courtesy of
The Poetry Bus Magazine – eds. Peadar and Collette O’Donoghue

Thanks very much for reading this blog post ❤😊

NaPoWriMo 2020 Day 3

Day Three is experimenting with rhyme.

I want to say I’m enjoying this but maybe only in a whisper, in case the Muse disappears! Perhaps it’s unrealistic to expect to produce complete poems each day but I’m glad to have some useful ideas to develop.

Don’t think I’ll post about this daily now because there are other projects I’d like to talk about but so far, it’s proved useful to try to write a poem a day. I’ll hope to keep it up for the entire month of April.

Good Luck All !

’12 Days of Christmas’ – Ink Sweat & Tears Webzine

I’m so delighted to have my poem ‘Season’s Greetings from the Heart’ included amongst such wonderful work in Ink Sweat & Tears webzine today for their ’12 Days of Christmas’ theme – with thanks to Helen and Kate. 

It’s here on the ‘Third Day of Christmas’ feature – Christmas Eve spot. http://www.inksweatandtears.co.uk/  @InkSweatTears

IS&T is amongst my favourite poetry and prose webzines. There was much excellent competition so I’m delighted and very lucky to be included. 

The theme lasts until 2nd January and there will be some incredible poetry to come IS&T’s ‘12 Days of Christmas’  theme.

Merry Christmas and here’s to a happier and more peaceful 2020. xx

Winter, Wintry, Snow, Snow Landscape, Christmas, Nature