Writing in Silver and Dust

This week, I absolutely loved the opportunity to lead a poetry workshop for English Heritage in the J W Evans Silver Factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The factory worked from the mid-nineteenth century until 2008. The dust of decades lies there undisturbed. Hundreds and hundreds of silver moulds are stacked on towering shelves. Lightweight, teetering piles of silver parts for candlesticks, jugs and teapots, wait … Continue reading Writing in Silver and Dust

I’m Shropshire’s Poet for National Poetry Day!

A few weeks ago, I opened an email from the BBC with curiosity, and found I was invited to become Shropshire’s Local Poet for National Poetry Day. Each year BBC Local Radio teams up with (it says) carefully chosen poets to create shiny new poems for broadcast on National Poetry Day. This year the aim is to challenge stereotypes and celebrate the delights of the … Continue reading I’m Shropshire’s Poet for National Poetry Day!