OCTOBER

October is proving busy so far with walks, talks and poetry! So far National Poetry Day was spent at The Pines Garden, St Margaret’s Bay, where Sue Emms, Gary Studley, Mary Anne Smith and Derek Sellen inspired us to write new poems of the garden and the sea. On Saturday 12th I was privileged to…

September Poetry & Places

September is Harvest month, and there are some fantastic events coming up! From Wales to Kent, Petersfield to Bradford-on-Avon, here is a list of events I’ll be reading at, many including other fantastic writers. Weds 28th August: Seren Books offers readings from their specially produced pamphlets celebrating the Welsh landscape, in the Bookshop, Hay on…

On Watching a Lemon Sail the Sea

HOW a LEMON on a WELSH BEACH inspired a POETRY COLLECTION Some two years ago we were walking the dog at Aberporth, a stunning beach in West Wales surrounded by cliffs, a favourite for families with all sorts of activities. In the winter it’s quiet, there was just the three of us, and apart from…

Rockhopping for International Woman’s Day

The Rockhoppers – myself, Mel Perry, and Jackie Biggs, all met in Wales through poetry. I lived in beautiful West Wales for 11 years, and during that time took part in several poetry events and made contact with very inspiring and talented creative people. My third collection of poetry, ‘After a Visit to a Botanical…

COMING UP FOR CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS. Drowning. Bombarded, Brexited out. Father Christmas seems insane. It seems insane to walk past the homeless with gifts you just bought for your kids. Even the ££s you drop into the hat won’t make you feel any better. Will he buy a coffee or more drugs? Will she have a Christmas dinner? Giving comes…

Poetry Dates & Appearances: August into September

Saturday 25th August, 12 – 4: Faversham Fringe Festival, The Vaults, 75 Preston St, Faversham ME13 8PA Tuesday 18th September, 7.30 -11: Tongue Punch. Tom Thumb Theatre, 2 Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, Margate, CT9 2LB Monday 24th September, 7.30 pm: Three Rockhoppers – women’s collaborative performance group – Mel Perry, Jackie Biggs and Maggie Harris guest…

Summer: Moving, Gardens & Poetry

After 10 years in beautiful Wales I have just relocated back to Kent, often referred to as The Garden of England. Ironically, I have left behind a large and beautiful garden in West Wales, a woodland garden surrounded by ‘native’ rhododendrons, a rampage of montbretia, my own additions of clematis and climbing roses, and scores…