Back in February I applied to be a (Trainee) Poet in Residence at one of the gardens open for London’s Open Garden Squares Weekend. A short biography and three poems were submitted to the Poetry School. I soon heard that my application was successful. An induction day at the Poetry School followed where the other… Continue reading Poet in Residence @ St George’s Gardens Mixed Borders
This is my last post for Nano Poblano. I have written a blog post a day for the month of November. Am I sad it has come to an end? No. Am I glad I did it? Absolutely, yes, without question. I must admit that I feel a sense of achievement. I have written about… Continue reading My moongazing friends (that’s you)- thank you!
With only two posts to go to the end of Nano poblano. I am running out of steam but am also aware of the many things I have not blogged about. For example, I am a great fan of Charles Darwin and his works and I love natural history museums and i haven’t mentioned either.… Continue reading Darwin’s walking stick
Today, in our out of the way corner of Wiltshire, we had two visitors from Cameroon, I made blueberry muffins and they tried a Virtual Reality undersea experience (they prodded sea anemones and had close encounters with giant jelly fish) and Virtual Reality Google earth. When hubby asked where to start looking to find their home… Continue reading Visitors from Cameroon
Nearly all novel writing advice will tell you that the first pages of the novel have to orientate and hook the reader/agent/editor. They should provide the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY of the story, and ask sufficiently interesting questions to make them want to read on. This blog post tries to understand how Toni Morrison… Continue reading Beloved by Toni Morrison – Close reading of opening pages
Picture on the left remind you of anything ? At poetry class this week, led by Josephine Corcoran, we read Christopher Smart’s poem For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry written in 1763. I have copied an extract below, it’s 75 lines long in total. Apparently Joeffry was Smarts’s only company when kept in confinement… Continue reading A cat in the bag #Caturday
You can read an introduction and the opening chapter of The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje here at the Barnes and Noble website. Nearly all novel writing advice will tell you that the first pages of the novel have to orientate and hook the reader/agent/editor. They should provide the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY of… Continue reading The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje- Close reading of opening pages