for writers and readers….

What do you call songwriters? Poets with music in their pen

“… when you’re talking about the music of a country, you’re talking more or less about the soundtrack of a country, the soundtrack by which people’s lives are lived,” Tyehimba … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · 5 Comments

Make something out of this…Google searches is a website created 14 years by a couple of Australian guys who wanted  a fun tool to see what Google “thinks” of certain topics and people. Of course, … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Take part in a poetry slam without leaving home

Pangaea Poetry, an international poetry organisation, are looking for poets from across the world to take part in their 3rd annual poetry slam in July. The competition, supported by Arts … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · 8 Comments

Seamus Heaney on falling in love with verbal music — Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I was getting my first sense of crafting words and for one reason or another, words as bearers of history and mystery began to invite me. Maybe it began very … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · 4 Comments

The difference between poetry and prose – Philip Larkin Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

If you tell a novelist, ‘Life’s not like that’, he has to do something about it. The poet simply replies, ‘No, but I am.’ Philip Larkin photo credit: Background_1 via … Continue reading

October 25, 2015 · 4 Comments

The making of a poem – Robert Frost Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting. A poem may be worked over once it is in being, but may … Continue reading

September 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Stevie Smith explains why she didn’t write when she was happy – Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Why does my Muse only speak when she is unhappy? She does not, I only listen when I am unhappy When I am happy I live and despise writing For … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · 10 Comments

What Are Poets Good For?

It’s true that they are not much good at earning a living from writing alone. But they don’t seem to be bad at being presidents, although to be honest I … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · 5 Comments

Music and narrative in Flash Fiction – TANIA HERSHMAN Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

(Flash fiction) is a form that balances on the flimsy boundary between short story and poem. For me, a flash story must feel like it is on the side of … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Glastonbury wants poets and spoken word performers…

I love doing live readings…would that count, do you think? And would my sons  at last recognise that I am, after all, seriously cool? * Glastonbury’s Poetry & Words area … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Why poetry is essential – Audre Lorde Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Poetry forms the quality of light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Four Counties Poetry Competition – work here, live here, study here, be born here and you qualify…

For the very first time Rottingdean Writers’ Group is running a competition specially designed for poets connected to London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The judge is John McCullough, academic and … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

If you can read you can write – not so says Richard Hugo, even if you have a Phd — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Scholars seem to assume that if you can read you can write. It’s sad to see someone with a fresh Ph.D. coast for a few years, understandably after such a … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Tomorrow – the launch of a very special book

DANCING WITH WORDS  – the Brighton charity anthology in aid of Martlets Hospice – will be launched at 7pm on Saturday September 20th at the Amnesty Bookshop in the heart … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · 6 Comments