The Bell Jar

"She lives the poetry she cannot write" – Wilde

NaPoWriMo Week 2

Ahoy folks. There has, inevitably, been a huge falling off in the number of people writing a poem a day for National Poetry Writing Month – but my cockles are … Continue reading

April 15, 2013 · 8 Comments

NaPoWriMo prompts – week one

Several of you have written in response to my NaPoWriMo prompts and shared the results on blogs or Facebook posts. I am chuffed to bits. As I hoped, they have … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · 5 Comments

NaPoWriMo. And whelks.

Those bally American chaps have some good poetry initiatives. One is Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 18th. I’ve set up a Facebook page to encourage people in the UK to … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · 16 Comments

Absent friends

Folks, I am on my annual writers’ retreat in Anglesey. The sun is shining and it’s been an amazing time of creating and catching up. But one of our number … Continue reading

March 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

We shall write them on the barricades

Lately, there have been several articles in the national press to the effect that ‘poetry is dead’, or ‘poetry is being devalued’, or ‘poetry should be learned by heart’, or … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · 5 Comments

Calendar Girl

Happy new year, poetry folk, and here’s a very short entry to begin it with. Some of you have kindly reminded me that I’m in the Guardian’s free calendar for … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

Home is where they understand you

The great thing about friends, friends, is that you can acquire new ones without diminishing the value of the existing ones. Last week I made a brief foray from the … Continue reading

May 20, 2012 · 3 Comments
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