Time to snuggle in

It’s definitely autumn. I say that with some conviction because today on woman’s hour there was a discussion about when we are in both meteorological and astrological winter – and both are around the 21st of December, ergo, we are in autumn still. The leaves are beautiful, though falling fast. The nights begin before you realise and hot chocolate has become the beverage of choice.

Time to think about cosy evenings in, and how we can fill the long dark days. Well, there is much to do! 13th – 22nd November sees Nottingham Poetry Festival‘s 5th event, and this year it is all on-line and free – so you can join us from wherever you are.

If you fancy a workshop, I am facilitating World Jam’s Kicking up leaves, and staring at fires on Sunday 22nd November. Join us online, details on the World Jam page.

Gigs to look out for during the NPF: Looking forward, with Hindsight by Poetry Aloud presents: and DIY Eclectic Showcase I can personally recommend. The fact that I hosted both is not at all relevant!

I’m also working behind the scenes with other artists on forthcoming projects that are very exciting, but about which I have to keep Mum for now…

This autumn and winter is going to be a tough one for many, so be kind to yourselves, and to others. Here’s a #DixieCatNottm image to keep you warm and fuzzy inside. (There are plenty more on her insta site!)

June – July 2020 – Still virtually here …

It remains a very odd year. But, we are still (virtually) here and as bits of lockdown ease, are re-imposed, are too restrictive, aren’t stringent enough, time continues to march on as we do our best with it.

Poetically I have continued on-line and been privileged to be invited to contribute to a range of events. From the clever series of launch events for Purl, Jo Dixon‘s delightful first collection which I recommend you acquire and enjoy as soon as possible, to hosting workshops From the Corner of my Eye via Nottingham Writers Studio with participants from as far away as York and Texas, USA.

In my Poetry Aloud role I have produced events for the lockdown version of Exile Music festival, running and event called Exile Festival Poets Breakout with headliners Mark Gwynne-Jones and Lucy Peacock. I also produced WSO Wordsmith’s Summer Outing raising much needed funds for Emmanuel House.

Comin up soon is the launch of The World Outside on Tuesday the 4th of August from Nottingham Writers Studio. This is a collection of responses to the lockdown with contributions from many writers from the NWS, including one from me. Catch the performances via the link above

I’m also delighted to be working on a pilot project with Creative Paths, more on that in the future.

I hope you keep well, enjoy the year, albeit differently to as you may have anticipated doing so, and keep enjoying words.