Monthly Archives: November 2009

Clearing out clutter

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I spent a useful couple of hours yesterday clearing out clothes that I know I wouldn’t wear again, some due to figure changes due to mum-hood and others due to reaching another decade, so these’ll be off to the charity shop next week.  But interestingly books are another matter entirely, I’ve acquired a few books here and there and despite having read them I just couldn’t part with them, there’s a sense of security being surrounded by books and their knowledge.

Poetry to order

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It’s my dad’s birthday today, and interestingly the latest Guardian On-line Poetry Workshop is on fathers: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/series/poetryworkshop – It seems the perfect opportunity to start trying to write a poem but I nearly always find that I can’t come up with anything during a workshop but get a flash of inspiration a month or so later.  This one wants submissions by 2nd December so that’s a week but I’ll probably not have anything up to much by then.  Is this a common thing or are others inspired to write huge amounts during workshops?

still no writing..

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but in my defence I’ve been editing poems in readiness for the new year and drafting text for my website, which I suppose is writing although not poetry.  I do have several jotted down ideas but that’s as far as they go at the moment.  Other than that, I’ve been musing on much of what I heard at the Writer’s Toolkit on Saturday, in particular the opening session by Mary Cutler who script writes for The Archers.  She gave a very interesting talk on the locality of writing and how you don’t have to leave your area to produce stunning work; there seems to be a school of thought that unless you’ve moved around then you’re not as fulfilled (for want of a be.tter word) as someone who’s travelled around the world and sometimes looked down on by them.  Regardless of where you go to, everything eventually becomes the familiar, unless you’re someone constantly on the move of course.

Writer’s Toolkit

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I’ve had a fantastic time at the Writer’s toolkit in Birmingham today; very inspiring and full of useful information.  Some wonderful speakers and panelists on such topics as Promoting Poetry; Writing for and With Young People; Writing in the Community, I could go on, and fantastic value for money at under £30.00 and it was a sell-out.  I’m already looking forward to next year’s toolkit.

What next?

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I had delivery of Eleanor Rees’ new book today, Eliza and the Bear, and it’s wonderful!  I loved her first collection Andraste’s Hair but I think this is even better.

I’m also due to go to the Writer’s Toolkit in Birmingham this weekend, which I’m looking forward to!  Hopefully I’ll come back full of inspiration.

A busy weekend

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but not over productive on the writing front. Spent a happy couple of hours on the bouncy castle at a 4th birthday party on Saturday and today was spent in Worcester buying Christmas presents for our two little ones, I hate leaving it until the last minute as things always sell out. I did pop into Waterstones and take advantage of their 3 for 2 offer, well, it would be rude not to! A few bits and pieces to resolve this coming week and then hopefully back to doing some writing.

Busy doing workshops

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A busy day for Poetrymaker! I’ve spent a wonderful day in Redditch running a couple of poetry workshops in a school for year 7 students on the theme of “Family and Culture.” The students were fantastic and well-focussed and they wrote some inspiring and insightful poems. Some should be going on display in a local libray soon so watch this space!

…and now back to it…

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Back at work in the day job today, a bit groggy still but I still have the slightly husky voice, which is a temporary bonus. I’d to have one of those deep, rich voices like the actors who read the wonderful poems on Poetry Please. Yes, I know they’ve had years of training and having watched the 30 year anniversary programme I know they rehearse and often have many takes to get it just right but oh, what a result. I’ve even recently bought myself a book on voice training to try and improve my voice for readings and workshops but as yet I’ve not been able to get past the introduction. And another thing on voices, does anyone remember the voice of Mr Kipling’s cakes in the 1970’s/80’s? My sister and I used to call him “Mr Curranty-Cake-Mouth as he always sounded as if he had a mouthful of rich fruitcake he hadn’t quite swallowed properly.

Round 2

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A few odd days, family coughs and colds, fortunately nothing else although it was suspected. I did manage to start the Vanessa Gebbie book, but other than that heavy colds do slow the creative thinking, a good excuse for a hot toddy I think.

Introducing Poetrymaker

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My first morning on WordPress, I’m a mum of two small children and am just getting back up to speed with my writing, reading and all those associated activities.  I have just spent a not so interesting half hour repackaging a particularly smelly memory foam mattress for return to the supplier, I know they have some smell but this was awful.  Had two new books arrive this morning courtesy of our poetry loving postman, Cracks by Sheila Kohler, Ridley Scott’s daughter has just directed the film of this novel; and Words from a Glass Bubble, (short stories) by Vanessa Gebbie, now all I need is time to read them.  Jenny