The Year so far …

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I updated this site! But what a devastating year it’s been for so many of us! We’ve had to transform our lives and I can’t see us getting back to any kind of ‘normal’ soon.

Like many writers and performers our whole world has changed and the ways which we share our work and interact with others has been online. I must admit I’m not a big fan of zooming it, although I have viewed book launches and readings of other writers. I continue to be active on Facebook and sometimes share video readings of my work,

The year started positively, I had my poetry collection On Watching a Lemon Sail the Sea published by Cane Arrow Press, and I was invited to India in February, an unforgettable experience. I produced a spoken word cd Mother Tongue with guest poets Mark Holihan, Angela Dye, and members of Margate Stanza.

I spent most of the summer gardening, continuing to create a cottage garden from a tiny space, and managed to find room for a banana which became three!

Some of my poems were accepted for anthologies: A Locked Down anthology produced by Poetry Space https://www.poetryspace.co.uk with profits going to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mark-sims5

The SHOP was one of the best poetry magazines that came out of Ireland for several years. Their new anthology includes poems from the best poems published during their publication and is available from theliffeypress@gmail.com

I was so happy to be one of the poets selected by Kent-based Wordsmithery to write a poem celebrating Charles Dickens. http://www.wordsmithery.info/chair

I was also a Poetry Judge for Pen to Print Magazine pentoprint.org

AND … two of my poems will be included into two books next year, one fiction, one non-fiction. More about that later!

In the meantime may the season bring us all some peace, good health, and a better 2021..

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