Twelve Poems about Chickens – Candlestick Press

                            I’m so delighted to have a poem from my pamphlet, ‘The Henkeeper’s Almanac’ picked up by Candlestick Press, for their beautiful new book ‘Twelve Poems about Chickens’.   Here are poems which celebrate the quirks and curiosities of chickens.  Sentiments range from Sir Charles Sedley’s 17th century complaint at an early … Continue reading Twelve Poems about Chickens – Candlestick Press

Young Writers making zines

Upstairs in Kidderminster Library this afternoon, the Writing West Midlands Young Writers’ Group are making zines.  They’re using their own creative writing and research, with some quite amazing artistic talent, to create personal zines to show off their work.  Have a look! The young people in this group are teenagers.  We have a ridiculous amount of fun, and they produce extraordinary work.  And we do have … Continue reading Young Writers making zines

Finding Treasure in the Marches

This morning 12 poets joined me and Peter Reavill, our regional Finds Liaison Officer, in a workshop exploring just some of the treasure trove of the Welsh Marches.  Peter blew us away with a mix of archaeological precision and rich storytelling – the hedge under which someone, in 1645, buried the Bitterley Hoard; the river ford where someone wrenched the Dinham Pommel from a sword, … Continue reading Finding Treasure in the Marches

Room 204 opens for applications!

West Midlands writers: Room 204 opens for applications I’m very happy to recommend Room 204 to poets and writers!  I was selected for 2013-14’s cohort.  Not only did it provide me with a lot of expert, seasoned advice and real opportunities, but I got to meet a whole network of writers and organisations who have been improving my professional life ever since.  So apply! Writers … Continue reading Room 204 opens for applications!