BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Poems fall outside the usual laws of language…Jack Underwood QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Poems and black holes have a lot in common. Both have a singularity, for instance. Poems also keep their centres hidden, and like black holes they do not return a … Continue reading

June 6, 2021 · 4 Comments

Poems are a way of looking at yourself – Michael Rosen QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Poems are like photos in a photo album …It gives you a chance to look at yourself. Rather like the way people do when they’ve got two mirrors.Michael Rosen Photo … Continue reading

February 28, 2021 · 3 Comments

BRIGHTON’S REGENCY HOUSEKEEPER says NO to two readers (perhaps it’s the mood she’s in)

This week Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper at The Regency Town House and agony aunt to the masses, replies to a poet and an over eager dancer. She also finds solace in housework … Continue reading

January 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

SUBMISSIONS WINDOW – send your fiction, non fiction and poetry to Salt Publishing

For the entire month of November 2020 Salt Publishing are unlocking the windows and flinging open the doors to writers of fiction (novels and short stories), narrative non-fiction and poetry. … Continue reading

October 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

These Are The Hands…if ever there was a book that spoke to our time this is it

These Are the Hands is a collection of poetry about the NHS written by NHS staff: doctors and nurses at all stages of their careers and the other vital – … Continue reading

May 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

It rained when it should have snowed…Seamus Heaney QUOTES FOR WRITERS

It rained when it should have snowed. When we went to gather holly the ditches were swimming, we were wet to the knees, our hands were all jags and water … Continue reading

December 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Yeats on what the world has to offer QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.W.B. Yeats Photo by Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash

August 25, 2019 · 3 Comments

What inspires us – Seamus Heaney QUOTES FOR WRITERS

‘Inspiration…it’s a large ancient word. It means something that tempts you, that suggests you could go ahead – a little flicker of energy. It doesn’t need to be dramatic, just … Continue reading

January 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

The first line of a poem is the most important line, says Billy Collins QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There’s a lot of waiting around until something happens… there’s a kind of vigilance involved. I think what gets a poem going is an initiating line. Sometimes a first line … Continue reading

December 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Nations depend on poetry and painting, said William Blake…Quotes for Writers

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.William Blake

December 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

“If I give myself just one constraint…suddenly I’m free” Sarah Viren on rejecting and accepting the restrictions of genre QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I am an essayist, not a poet, but that means nothing when I’m working on one line, trying to find or make a word that fits the sound and meat … Continue reading

November 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Poetry is necessary…Adrienne Rich QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I have never believed that poetry is an escape from history, and I do not think it is more, or less, necessary than food, shelter, health, education, decent working conditions. … Continue reading

October 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

The difference between poetry and songwriting – Patti Smith QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

When I’m sitting down to write a poem I’m not thinking of anyone. I’m not thinking about how it will be received. I’m not thinking it will make people happy … Continue reading

July 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

BREAD AND ROSES working class poetry competition

I haven’t come across this competition before, but this is the second year Culture Matters – a collective of writers and activists – are running the Bread and Roses Poetry … Continue reading

May 30, 2018 · Leave a comment