Nothing says 'poetry is for everyone' more than having a world-class showcase of the word form right on your doorstep. Here in Hampshire we have the wonderful Winchester Poetry Festival, which does just that.
Yes, you read correctly. I've been blogging on here for three whole years! So here's a little something to say thank you.
This month, I was back in the studio at BBC Radio Solent to celebrate autumn through poetry.
Books about marriage, films about Springsteen, paintings of poets and articles on Friends; all the stuff and nonsense I consumed and loved last month.
It's a little late, but nevertheless, here are a few of my favourite things from July. Get ready to do plenty of reading!
When Laura Jane Williams, announced that her third book – and first work of published fiction – was a modern rom-com, I was very excited to see what she'd come up with. Her past blog posts and articles about her dating experiences, love affairs and, indeed, quests of self-exploration and growth had me hoping for a witty, realistic, and passionate tale.
Well, we're officially over halfway through 2019! Here's what kept me busy over the last few weeks.
I miss stepping away from the screen, getting my hands messy, and thinking about what things look like, rather than sound like. So when local artist Bex Willis invited me along to experiment with a completely new (to me!) style of art at one of her Cyanotype Workshops, I couldn't RSVP quick enough!
There are so many days out and places to visit in Hampshire that, even after living here for almost a decade, I’ve yet to explore. The Watercress Line is one of these. So when the team there got in touch with me to see if I wanted to go along to 'War on the Line' to see what it was all about, I jumped at the chance.
This post is dedicated to my dear friend Laura, who has been forced way out of her comfort zone but who should know that being comfortable is not weak; in fact, embracing what you really need right now is strong and extraordinary and something to be proud of.