Sharon Olds and “memory’s dark-blue corridor”

Have you ever been to Reid of Liverpool? Well, you should have. You definitely should have: but I warn you, if you’re a bookworm – you may not want to leave. Reid is a secondhand book shop on Mount Pleasant, complete with log-fire, plumes of dust, and a poetry collection that spans an entire wall.  It’s […]

LitFest, competitions and readings!

There seems to be an influx of art events this month, and I’m not quite sure where to begin! I’ve recently put my name down to help at the Lancaster LitFest (14th-23rd October 2011). Volunteers are always needed for distibuting leaflets, ticket-selling and ushering at front of house. Don’t be afraid to get in touch […]

Of Mutability

First of all, I’d just like to say a big thank you to those who’ve subscribed to my blog! It makes me feel all fuzzy inside when you click the follow button. Secondly, I’ve now reached 8,000 words in my novel, which I’m very pleased about. This seems pitiful when Google tells me that the […]

A Refreshing Whiff of Old-School

I have been reading Emergency Kit: Poetry for Strange Times (ed. Jo Shapcott and Matthew Sweeney: Faber and Faber 2004) and have come across some poets that I probably would never have found out about otherwise. Overall I found the collection quite hit and miss – some of it really wasn’t for me. However, there are […]

Calling all confused Creative Writing students!

I was talking to a Creative Writing student from a nearby university yesterday about his course. We were comparing poetry and I noticed a greater variety of styles in his than in my own. Puzzled and with the molten pangs of jealousy I asked him about this. Throughout his course he had been reading, “Poems for the Millenium: […]

Bad to Verse…

For those who follow the poetry news, it seems things aren’t going to plan at The Poetry Society… However, I’m seeing this as an incentive to get writing! I’m just printing off my poem, “Craft”, for the Elmet Trust poetry prize (closing date 15th July) and hopefully can send off a poem for the National […]

The Big One: The Bridport Prize

Time to enter one of the most prestigious writing awards in the UK is running out! 30th June will be the last day to enter The Bridport Prize this year, so get sending! Poetry should be no more than 42 lines, short fiction no longer than 5,000 words, and flash fiction no more than 250 words. Entry fees range […]

Manchester Fiction Prize

I came across a leaflet at a creative writing group I went to a couple of weeks ago for the Manchester Fiction Prize. I’ve got to admit, this looks great. The competition is open to everyone over the age of 16 and asks for up to 3,000 words. Lots of flexibility with this one. The […]

A bit o’ the North: The Elmet Trust Poetry Prize

I recently went up to Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire for a bit of poet-stalking (Heptonstall and Mytholmroyd being nearby) and came across The Elmet Trust. The Elmet Trust is a celebration of Ted Hughes’ work and tries to promote awareness of poetry and creative writing in Yorkshire. This year’s competition is judged by Liz Lochhead, with the […]

Life equals poetry

I wanted to find a space where I could experiment with poetry, find new inspiration, and blog about the upcoming literary events. This seemed like the right place to do it! As a poet living in the dusty urban depths, inspiration only comes if you look hard enough. Here I’d like to explore what’s out there, and hopefully […]