Category Archives: Writing

AL Kennedy, Danny MacAskill, Story Shop and poeting

AL Kennedy‘s talk at the book festival was an easy sell to me.  In fact, it’s one of the very few events that I bought a ticket to on the first day they were released because I knew I would … Continue reading

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Harry Baker, Inua Ellams and the poetry polaroid

I am completely unable to remember the title of Harry Baker‘s show in anything like the right order, so having looked it up, I can say it’s Proper Pop-up Purple Paper People (12 noon at the Royal Oak). The poem … Continue reading

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Orchard, Nick Field, Going to the Pictures

Playing catch-up on yesterday’s stuff… I was lucky enough to take part in an Inky Fingers workshop led by Nick Field yesterday, and I really should have got out this blog sharpish and told you all to go see him … Continue reading

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Poetry! With a robot! (and, elsewhere, Susan Calman)

It’s in the nature of August in Edinburgh that you end up with some clashes.  Even so, I was gutted when I was asked to speak at the Science and Poetry event and realised it clashed with the tickets a friend … Continue reading

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Lies, all lies

As promised in the last part of my Ledbury poetry festival round-up, I’m returning to the subject of lies. Two of the workshops I went to last week talked about telling lies in poetry.  The first was a Bill Manhire … Continue reading

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Ledbury Poetry Festival: Part 2

I deliberately kept the events I pre-booked at Ledbury Poetry Festival down to about one a day, so I didn’t get overwhelmed.  Since I was attending 5 workshops over the week, overdoing it was definitely a risk.  Also, I was … Continue reading

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Ledbury Poetry Festival: part 1

Hello blog, it’s been a while. When I went down to Ledbury for their poetry festival, I knew that I wouldn’t be on social media as much as usual since I wasn’t taking a laptop, just my phone.  What I … Continue reading

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Wordless

I’m just back in from my writing group, which was a bit different from usual this week.  Normally, we discuss a poem (or occasionally short fiction), then we have 20-30 minutes to write something new, then we discuss our newly-drafted … Continue reading

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Write? Walk? A progress report

At the start of the year I came up with two very simple New Year’s resolutions: 1) Write 2) Walk So, with it being February already, I thought I should check in and review how they’re going. Well, JanNoWriMo was … Continue reading

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Two one-word resolutions

I’m not particularly good at making resolutions.  In part, this is my general contrariness.  What, someone’s telling me to resolve to do something because it’s January?  Nope.  No way.  Same with Lent. However, this is a natural point for me … Continue reading

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