A fantastic exhibition

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is yet another reason for Wintoncestrians to be glad we’ve got the ¬†Discovery Centre. Besides the obvious facilities (books, DVDs, PCs) the DC puts on excellent courses and workshops (and I’m not just saying that because they host mine!), author talks, the new Poetry Cafe, exhibitions of original(…)

Writing Nature Poetry – Winchester Discovery Centre

Well, this was a day that I had looked forward to for some months, and it lived up to my hopes. I was fortunate to have an enthusiastic group of people taking part, who read and discussed and most of all wrote with dedication and thoughtfulness. The debates over what makes up ‘nature poetry’ were(…)

Creative Writing reading at the Hyde Laundry

So, ¬†on Thursday the 22nd, we the Hyde Writers did our bit at the Creative Writing event at the Laundry. And it went very well. There was a hefty audience who were very appreciative, and from the talk afterwards I think they enjoyed a taste of some (but by no means all) of the heady(…)

Coming Clean at the Hyde Laundry

I’m very excited to be taking part in 10 Days at the Laundry – a big art and performance show at the Hyde Old Laundry, Hyde Abbey Road, Winchester. It’s taking place from Saturday 17th October for – surprise surprise – ten days. It’s billed as a ‘cultural festival’ for Winchester, and the plans certainly(…)

Is Carol Ann Duffy the best Poet Laureate ever?

I was lucky enough on National Poetry Day to be in the audience for Carol Ann Duffy’s reading at Winchester University, arranged by the estimable English Project. And, apart from feeling a certain smugness that our little city has won bragging rights as the first place to host the new Laureate on NPD, I also(…)