Thursday, 25 August 2016

'The Holy Place' chapbook, Published Poetry and CV

Welcome ...

This blog is an ongoing experiment. I am hoping it will enable me to keep abreast of my published poetry and related activities. I am using it to supplement the more static information on my website. The ('blogpost published') dates against each post, initial post apart, are often of little significance.

Editors and others: if you see a poem title on this blog that might fit with an anthology theme or be of interest in some way, please feel free to contact me via the comments box or via the email on my profile page here. Thank you. 

Please see below for The Holy Place chapbook, Published Poems, Readings etc.

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2016



August 2016
  • Completed my final submission for The Art of Poetry Writing course under tutor Alison Chisholm at the Writers' College (formerly the Writers' Bureau). 

July 2016
  • Publication of 'Mapping You' [6/2015and 'A Wealth of Summers' [18/2014] in Metverse Muse (#41-43, 2016-2017, India).
  • 'Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)' [16/2016] has been published in The Migrant Waders (Dunlin Press 2016, published and edited by MW Bewick and Ella Johnston, superb artwork by Ella Johnston).  
  • I read 'Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)' [16/2016] at Arlington's Poetry Cafe, Ipswich. The poem has been published in The Migrant Waders (Dunlin Press 2016, published and edited by MW Bewick and Ella Johnston, superb artwork by Ella Johnston).
  
June 2016
  • Publication of 'Without Me' [4/2015] (about a Roman wax writing tablet in the Corinium Museum) in #213 Reach Poetry from Indigo Dreams Publishing. 
  • Publication of 'Above St Govan's Chapel' [33/2003] in Seeing Beyond the Surface, edited by Joanna Swank, USA.

May 2016
  • I was one of three readers representing the Arlington's Poetry Cafe at the 3rd Festival of Suffolk Poetry on Saturday 28 May 2016. My set comprised the following: 'Monte Testaccio: Mound of Potsherds' [53/2003], 'On Emily's Moor' [13/2004] and 'Pepys Island' [12/2014]. I attended Dean Parkin's Festival workshop on 'Where We Live'. 
  • 'Penmon Song' [14/2007] about Puffin Island has been published in the 'Poesia e Immagine' 2016 ekphrastic eBook, produced by Lidia Chiarelli and Huguette Bertrand. My poem has been paired with artwork by Jongo Park from South Korea. The eBook can be downloaded here.
  • Talk on Poetry, 'Of Rain and Rainbows', Mothers' Union, St Andrew's Church, Shotley, Suffolk (1 June 2016). This included readings of the following poems: 'St Andrew's, Rushmere' [33/2015], 'Monte Testaccio: Mound of Potsherds' [53/2003] - and a very early poem, 'Koala Bear' [1/1972].  
  • Three poems published in Orizont Literar Contemporan, #52: 'Isle of Skye: Aquiline Encounter' [1/2010], an On-ce poem called 'Pompeii; a Tale of Two Dogs' [14/2010], and finally, 'Migration Mirage' [6/2005], which was first published in The Seventh Quarry. These poems were translated into Romanian by Florian D. Mirea, and published bilingually.

April 2016
  • 'Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)' [16/2016] has been published in The Migrant Waders (Dunlin Press 2016, published and edited by MW Bewick and Ella Johnston, superb artwork by Ella Johnston). 
  • 'A Forsaken Birds-Nest' [6/2016] published on the Wordsworth Trust blog in celebration of William Wordsworth's birthday. 
  • 'Turkish Tesselations' [19/2015] published in #211 Reach Poetry from Indigo Dreams Publishing. 
  • Took part in the Suffolk Poetry Society's Open Mic. evening on the theme of 'Treasure' at UCS, Ipswich on Friday 15 April 2016. I read 'Of Silk and Spiders' [7/2016] (about a remnant of Roman silk in Colchester Museum) and 'Mah Jong - Clattering Sparrow' [12/2005]
  • Read 'Shakes and Shivers' [8/2003] from Hidden Dragons/Gwir a Grymus at Arlington's Poetry Cafe, Ipswich on 5 April 2016.

March 2016
  • Four short poems [3/2016] accepted for inclusion in ‘wild voices: an anthology of small poems & art by women’ to be published by wildflower poetry press (publisher-editor Caroline Skanne).  
  • Read 'Saluting John Buchan' [6/2003] at Arlington's Poetry Cafe, Ipswich on 1 March.

February 2016
  • Advance notice of the publication later this year by Dunlin Press of The Migrant Waders (ed. MW Bewick and Ella Johnston). This new anthology of poetry and artwork will feature one of my bird poems [16/2015]
  • 'Food for Thought' [34/2015], a poem for children, has been published in Word in Action magazine. 

January 2016
  • 'From the Shepherd's Hut, Sutton Hoo' [20/2015] has been long-listed in the Carillon 'Sonnets for Charity' Competition. Money raised will go to Worldwide Cancer Research.

2015

December 2015
  • 'Grimshoe Mound' [14/2015] awarded Third Prize in readers' vote. Published in Reach Poetry #206 for November 2015. 
  • 'Mah-Jong Clattering Sparrow' [12/2005], 'Isabella Tiger Moth greets the Woolly Bear Caterpillar' [42/2009] and 'Postcard from Bracelet Bay' [15/2014] have all appeared in the Families anthology, produced by Jean Salkilld of the Tuesday Poetry group in Swansea in aid of the Salvation Army.  
  • My review of Under the Thin Layers of Light by Hassanal Abdullah (Cross-Cultural Communications, New York) features in Shabdaguchha, volume 17, no.s 3-4, #67 and 68. 

November 2015
  • 'Grimshoe Mound' [14/2015] published in Reach Poetry #206, for November 2015.
  • Read 'Dear Loris' [29/2014] (published in The Emma Press anthology of Slow Things) and 'Jack Tar' [5/2015] at Arlington's Poetry Cafe.   
  • Attended Aldeburgh Poetry Festival events featuring Zaffar Kunial (Craft Talk), John Burnside (The Poetry of Birds), Helen Macdonald ('H is for Hawk'), Alison Brackenbury (on John Clare) and others. 
  • 'Elegy for Idris Davies' [55/2001] has been 'Commended' in the SecondLight 'Poem of the Month' contest, judged on this occasion by Wendy French.  
  • 'In the Wake of Prince Madoc' [13/2015], Highly Commended in the inaugural Disability Arts Cymru Poetry Competition judged by Menna Elfyn, has been published in the competition eBook anthology. My poem appears alongside the artwork, 'Boats' by Mark Annis, that I selected as my inspiration.  

October 2015 

  • 'Elegy for Idris Davies' [55/2001] has been 'Commended' in the SecondLight 'Poem of the Month' contest, judged on this occasion by Kate Foley. 
  • 'Postcard from Bracelet Bay' [15/2014] voted Second Place in Reach Poetry #205, Indigo Dreams Publishing (October 2015).
  • Attended The Poetry Society's Annual Lecture, delivered by Rita Dove.  
  • 'Haiku: darkness in Dunwich' features on the Paper Swans online slideshow for National Poetry Day. 
  • Attended a poetry workshop on 'Textiles' by Gregory Warren Wilson.  
  • Read 'Dusk at Dozmary Pool' [14/2006] at Arlington's Poetry Cafe for National Poetry Day's theme of 'light' and the Cafe's theme of 'music and silence'. 
  • 'Above St Govan's Chapel' [33/2003] accepted for inclusion in Seeing Beyond the Surface anthology.

September 2015
  • 'The Ocean's Tears' [7/2010], (a Tercet Ghazal), features in the relatively new weekly blogzine, keeppoemsalive
  • 'Postcard from Bracelet Bay' [15/2014] published in Reach Poetry #204, Indigo Dreams Publishing (September 2015). 
  • 'Field Notes, Welney' [11/2013] (a Naga-Uta) published in Star Tips for Writers, #109, Sept-Oct 2015 (ed. Wendy Webb).
  • Poem accepted by Dunlin Press for forthcoming anthology on wading birds. 

August 2015
  • Publication of Poems for a Liminal Age (published by Sentinel, SPM, and edited by Mandy Pannett). The anthology will raise funds for Médecins Sans Frontières, UK. It contains my poem, 'Weddell Seal at the Ice Edge' [29/2010]. For my account of the launch event, please click here.    
  • My soundbite sentence about RSPB Minsmere was selected for the new visitor leaflet. You can see the leaflet here 
  • August 4: Arlington's Poetry Cafe, Ipswich. I read 'Shaft of Light: Circle of Stone' [23/2002] (about the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden in St Ives, Cornwall).  
  • Two poems, [15/2014] and [14/2015], accepted by Reach Poetry, Indigo Dreams Publishing.
  • Attended, and read 'Notes from a Netting Station' [25/2013], at the annual Poetry Evening at Walpole Old Chapel, Suffolk. [25/2013]

July 2015
  • July 21: I read my poem, 'Dear Loris' [29/2014], at the Emma Press Launch of the anthology, Slow Things. If you click the link, you will need to scroll down a bit to find details of the event. I have posted some photographs here.  
  • July 23: I attended the launch in Wivenhoe of the anthology, Days begin, in aid of a new Cancer Centre for Colchester.
  • I have been awarded Third-Equal in the Fixed Form Poet of the Year (2014) Challenge for the Metverse Muse (#38, ed. Dr. H. Tulsi, Visakhapatnam, India) competition in Category A. My poems in the international contest were 'Nightmare' [3/2014] and 'Feline Fancy' [5/2014]. My poems, 'Cattle Crossing, Staffin Bay' [29/2012] and 'Winter's Knife' [12/2011] have been published in this issue of Metverse Muse.  
  • My poem, 'In the Wake of Prince Madoc' [13/2015], was Highly Commended in the inaugural Disability Arts Cymru Poetry Competition, judged by Menna Elfyn. The poem will appear in an eBook, alongside the artwork I selected as my inspiration.  
  • My review of Mike Bannister's poetry book, The Green Man (translated into Romanian as Omul Verde) has appeared in Orizont Literar Contemporan, in the May-June 2015 issue.  
  • My interview with Professor Don Riggs of Drexel University in Philadelphia has appeared in Made of Words (translated into Romanian as Făurit din cuvinte). Published in Romania under the aegis of Orizont Literar Contemporan.   

June 2015
    • My review of Mike Bannister's poetry book, The Green Man (translated into Romanian as Omul Verde), has appeared in Orizont Literar Contemporan, in the May-June 2015 issue.  My interview with Professor Don Riggs of Drexel University in Philadelphia has appeared in Made of Words (translated into Romanian as Făurit din cuvinte). Published in Romania under the aegis of Orizont Literar Contemporan.

    2015 Poetry Summary - here
    2014 Poetry Summary - here
    2013 Poetry Summary - here
    2012 Poetry Summary - here
    2011 Poetry Summary - here
    For awards, photography and older CV items of all kinds, please click here

    To buy a copy of The Holy Place, please click here

    Publication of 'The Holy Place' by John Dotson and Caroline Gill
    The Holy Place Launch Reading, 2012: co-author John Dotson,
    publisher Peter Thabit Jones and me, Dylan Thomas Birthplace, Swansea



    Reviews of Caroline's Poetry


    “Caroline Gill’s poems are written with an unerring sense of appropriate form. This makes her perception of landscapes and seas emerge all the more powerfully, as she explores places in people and people in places, the ‘rocks and stones and trees’ of Wordsworth’s poem. The effect is that of an enquiring, exciting mind, disciplined and accurate, yet also open to the magical and mysterious that lies just beneath the surface.” 
    J.R. Watson, University of Durham, 2012

    “Caroline has eighteen poems in a chapbook, 'The Holy Place' ... I really enjoyed reading them and am sure you will too."  
    Ronnie Goodyer, Editor of Indigo Dreams Publishing, in 'Reach Poetry', #170, 2012

    I would like to single out the way [Caroline] uses Scottish vocabulary so effectively in a poem called 'The Ceilidh House', which gives a very strong impression of storytelling on Skye ... Complex but clear, Caroline Gill's writing is never wrongfooted."
    Sally Evans, Editor of Poetry Scotland, 2013 

    There is rhyming musicality ... in Caroline Gill's pièce de résistance, 'Rhossili: Writing the Worm', a magnificent 8-verse poem ... This elegant poem is so very finely crafted and it virtually 'sings' throughout its 8-verse setting ... Here indeed is a fascinating joint-collection ['The Holy Place']."
    Bernard Jackson, Reviews Editor for Quantum Leap, #69, 2013  

    Caroline is a bit of a rarity these days in that she writes formal poetry and writes it well."
    Juliet Wilson, Editor of 'Bolts of Silk', Blogger at 'Crafty Green Poet', 2013

    The best poems here [in Caroline's half] are when she combines this close observation of nature with a keen sensitivity to the history and landscape of Wales (and sometimes further afield). 'Preseli Blue', for example, eulogises “the stone that sings of hiraeth” in 16 well-honed lines, while 'Rhossili: Writing The Worm', is the highlight, metrically-surefooted and musical ..."
    Matt Merritt, Blogger at 'Polyolbion', 7 April 2013  

    For anyone who has a close involvement and appreciation of nature, place and history, this is an inspiring collection."
    Ian Griffiths, Editor of 'Twelve Rivers', publication of The Suffolk Poetry Society, 2013
                                 
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    To buy a copy of The Holy Place, please click here.  
    Copies are £3.50 inc. p&p in the UK.  
    For online reviews of The Holy Place, please click here

    2015 Poetry Summary - here
    2014 Poetry Summary - here
    2013 Poetry Summary - here
    2012 Poetry Summary - here
    2011 Poetry Summary - here

    For awards, photography and older CV items of all kinds, please click here