Wednesday 16 September 2020

Poetry Summary (2016)

December 2016

November 2016

  • Two poems, [2/2016] and [16/2016], accepted for publication in Reach Poetry.
  • Attended Poetry in Aldeburgh workshop on 'Edge of the Depths', led by Anne-Marie Fyfe. 
  • First Prize in the 2016 Disability Arts Cymru Poetry Competition. Poets were encouraged to write in response to art work, with the added theme of 'austerity and extravagance' to take into account. 'Shoreline Symphony' by Eileen Harrisson was my artistic starting point (9th canvas down on the left side of this link).

October 2016

  • My Shakespeare anniversary poem [12/2016] has been shortlisted in the Writing Magazine competition (November issue p.43).  
  • My marine life poem [21/2016] has been accepted for publication in the Zoomorphic anthology (poetry editor, Susan Richardson). Launch December 2016.
  • 4 October: I read my poem, 'S.O.S.' [22/2013], at Arlington's Poetry Cafe. The theme was 'messages' to tie in with National Poetry Day. I also read this poem at the Loolout on Aldeburgh Beach as part of the Suffolk Poetry Society's NPD celebration. 

September 2016

August 2016

  • Submitted my final submission for The Art of Poetry Writing course under tutor Alison Chisholm at the Writers' Bureau

July 2016

  • Publication of 'Mapping You' [6/2015] and '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


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