Bye bye 2014, Hello 2015

Bye bye 2014, Hello 2015

Before it gets too late, I’m going to round off my 2014 with a few thoughts and a few Top Tens. 2014 was a big year for me and my family. Between us all, we: Had a baby (Rhys, born in January) Got a visa to move to America Got a place on the MFA(…)

Old Hampshire to New Hampshire

Old Hampshire to New Hampshire

Looking back at my last post, I see it’s been nearly six months since I blogged. There has been one basic reason for that: on March 5th, I received news that I’d been accepted onto the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire, starting in Fall 2014. That email(…)

Teaching the teachers at St Swithun’s

Teaching the teachers at St Swithun’s

As I’ve said before, one of the most pleasant things about being a couple of years on from my early Hampshire Poet days, is starting to build relationships with certain schools and do repeat visits. In September 2012, Alison Oliver, Head of English at St Swithun”s School in Winchester, invited me to teach an advanced(…)

Finding Your Voices: a poetry workshop

Finding Your Voices: a poetry workshop

Winchester Discovery Centre, Saturday 22nd March 10am – 4pm, £25 (£22.50 concessions) ‘Voice’ is something that poets can worry about a lot. Do you need one? If so, what is it? How can you find it? How do you know when you have found it? Will the one you find be any good?… And so on! This(…)

Dastardly Plots: making plot work in fiction

Dastardly Plots: making plot work in fiction

A workshop at Winchester Discovery Centre Saturday 23rd November. 10am – 4pm, £25 (£22.50 concessions) When you”re learning to write, plotting can be one of the hardest thing to master. In fact, many of my students say plotting is what they most want to learn: how to finish the pieces they”ve started, or maybe get(…)