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

New Troubadour Poems from Clenchers Mill

In late May, as part of the Troubadour of the Hills project, I led a workshop day based at Clenchers Mill, near Eastnor, under the west side of the Malverns. A dozen wonderfully enthusiastic poets arrived. Together we wrote poems for the mill, and I’m really pleased to publish the ones that have been submitted to me in the weeks since the workshop – start … Continue reading New Troubadour Poems from Clenchers Mill