Neon Literary Magazine

For the second time I’ve been included in an issue of Neon Literary Magazine. Having poetry publishing in Neon is always a joy – it’s an amazingly high quality magazine, a keepsake in its physical body, and a true escape in its digital form. Krishan Coupland is a star curator of the uncanny, the weird,…

Ink, Sweat & Tears Nomination! (Vote for me?)

Just a wee one here, while I work away at a meatier steak of a post later. There’s been so much going on that I’m having to pace myself. Too much blog fodder! I’ve been nominated for the Ink, Swear, & Tears poem of the month for September. Woohoo! They’re chosen several of the 30…

#NationalPoetryDay

It’s been amazing to see social media light up with flickers of poetry here and there. Whether they’re poetry readers or not, people are sharing their favourite lyrics, couplets, even one-liners. And isn’t there poetry in a cutting first line, or a haunting last image? My #NationalPoetryDay has been a quiet one. You’d have imagined…

My First Book – Published!

It’s happening! The books are arriving the publishers’ tomorrow, my author page is live… It’s official – I’m a poet! A poet with her own book of poetry. Her own book of bones. Here it is, in all its glory: I’ve been noticing it popping up here, there, and everywhere online for pre-order; Waterstones, Amazon,…

Spoken Word Poetry – Reading at Events and on YouTube…

As the publication date for Bone Ovation approaches, I’m slowly becoming involved with literary events and (heaven forfend!) doing some actual spoken word poetry. This is something I really enjoy as an audience member but I’ve always put off as a performer. Seconds after considering the possibility I’d hear that little voice inside whispering ‘Why…

The Hungry Chimera

This week I’ve had two poems published in a literary magazine in the US, The Hungry Chimera. It’s a stunning and contemporary mix of stories, poems, and artwork that give you a little dark thrill. I probably sound like I’m saying this just because I’m in it, but I honestly think this is one of…

Healthy Body = Healthy Brain?

You know that feeling when you’re tied up in a few too many tangles and you begin to feel a bit like you’re drowning? I know that feeling only too well. I have a habit of excitedly starting several projects  – sure that I can manage them no problem. ‘Another submission? Sure thang!’ But I’ve…

Your One Phone Call

I’ve been a bit slow with updating this blog with little poems I’ve had published here and there, so I thought I’d do a mini one now! A few months ago, Your One Phone Call published two of my poems on their website – ‘My Place’ and ‘Sun Burn’. You can read them through these…

The Thing About Endings…

It’s been a helluvafewweeks. All go, and no stop. Writing, writing at the day job, attending the Northern Poetry Symposium, editing an anthology, blogging… All at the same time as managing the rest of life and bit of a sick cat. This task mash-up normally results in my not being able to really concentrate on…

MudFest!

It’s MudFest this week, people! MUDFEST! If you haven’t heard about this yet, it’s a splendiferous showcase of live art, performance poetry, eclectic live music, an indie marketplace, a poetry kissing booth… And it’s the launch of the new WOMAN Anthology from Mud Press. The event is being directed by Founding Editor Georgina Wilding as…