Sunday, July 06, 2014

Building a Poem

Session three of the How to Write Poetry course run by The University of Iowa is great. Daniel Khalastchi says, "Writing can be scary." Watch this video on how to build a poem.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Papergirl 2014

I've got two pieces exhibiting tonight in Belfast. Check it out if you're in town. Some good art there and free beers

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Remembering Adlestrop

"100 years ago, in June 1914, Edward Thomas's train pulled 'unwontedly' at the railway station at Adlestrop. We asked Poetry Society members and our followers on social media to send in their poems inspired by the poem, films/soundtracks of themselves reciting the poem, or to simply send us their thoughts and memories." 

(Taken from the Poetry Society Website)

Here's the poem:


Edward Thomas 

Yes, I remember Adlestrop -
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.
The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop - only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

 Check out the great tribute poems and thoughts  here

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday News

Can you imagine that I have never had a "designated writing space"? So that is what I went and did this weekend.  I got a writing area and I thought the apartment where the desk was looked mighty fine so I got that as well.

You probably ask where I have been writing if I had no "designated writing space". Well I write everywhere. On the couch, sat on the floor, in a cafe, in the park. Of course with some kind of apparatus like a notebook or my laptop.

In other news last year I took part in a mailart call in Granada. I sent them a handmade postcard and it's interesting to see everything that came of it. I can't speak Spanish but I followed the links I was sent over the months and it looked like a great success. So a book is out with all the contributors pieces. And a mighty book it is. You can view the Issuu copy here:  Mailart Postdata Esperanza To save you a mad search my postcard is on page 143.

Get on your bike! That's what I did recently and I pedalled down to the post office to drop off some art and writing to PaperGrrl Belfast. If your wandering around Donegall Street in Belfast on the 27 June - 5 July check out their exhibition in Paragon Studios. Then the fun part - they pass out free art on their bikes to anyone in the area. I wonder who got my art last year.

Yesterday I sent off a short story to Mashstories. For those of you who don't know Mash it's a competition they hold every three months, I think. You are given three words that you must work into the 500 word story. This time around it was: Monkey, relativity and cathedral. The word that gave me the most grief was relativity. Damn difficult! But I worked it in to the best of my ability and that's all one can do. I can't wait for the next set of words.