for writers and readers….

I’m not a poet, but I’ve read enough bad poetry to recognise what poets shouldn’t do…

I’m not a poet. In fact, one of the exercises in my guide to creative writing* is called the I-don’t-want-to-wrie-a-poem poetry exercise. The fact that I’m not a poet makes … Continue reading

July 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

Robert Graves on how he could afford to write poetry — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Prose books are the show dogs I breed and sell to support my cat. The poet Robert Graves author of I, Claudius and Goodbye To All that and other good … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

5 Top Flash Fiction Tips for Writers – Hysteria Writing Competition

FLASH FICTION goes by many names: micro fiction, sudden fiction, short short stories, skinny stories (no fat allowed) and postcard fiction. I gather in China it translates to a palm-sized … Continue reading

June 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

How to write a short story….and enter a competition

I recently came across the WikiHow entry on how to write a short story. The actual article contains good advice, but I arched an eyebrow when I read the introduction. … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · 8 Comments

Rebel women! A call to write

I’ve just been sent a press release about a new poetry anthology that intends to showcase established and emerging women writers from across the globe. More than than it wants … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · 4 Comments

If you can’t get your head around what’s happening in Ukraine perhaps a poet can help…

A dear friend, poet and novelist Naomi Foyle will be reading tonight at English PEN’s Ukrainian Poetry Evening in Oxford alongside poet Ihor Pavlyuk and translator Steve Komarnyckyj Naomi isn’t … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

What two images spring to mind when you think of poetry? Carl Sandburg had no doubts. Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Sandburg is perhaps most famous for his hymn to Chicago first published in 1914. It starts with this powerful opening that gave the city a nickname it could be proud … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

How Poetry is Made

So, that’s how it is done… A wonderful new year card from Pighog, the award winning independent publishers.

January 11, 2014 · 2 Comments


December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Seamus Heaney

I can’t think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people’s understanding of what’s going on in the world – Seamus Heaney … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

A haiku for (nearly) every occasion. Never mind the quality – count the syllables

Originally posted on Michelle Proulx – Author:
I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but haikus are “the shizzle”, as teenage hoodlums like to say. For many years I…

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

POETRY FOR THE TERRIFIED Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week

Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people – Adrian Mitchell Most people either love poetry or are scared by it. I see the same delighted/horrified expressions … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Call for Poems: Holiday Poems Wanted (something’s gone badly wrong with my attempt to reblog…read on and bear with me!)

photo credit: Christos Tsoumplekas (Back again!) via photopin cc

June 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

A complete short story on a stamp

What a good idea … what a really good idea. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Dublin’s permanent designation as a UNESCO City of Literature than by … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · 6 Comments