Hampshire Poet 2012-13

Happy Birthday Writing Hampshire – 200 and counting

Happy Birthday Writing Hampshire – 200 and counting

I”ve been having a holiday. I”ve enjoyed my time off: I spent the school holidays working mainly on poems, giving a final polish to old ones, starting a couple of new, and – most exciting – rediscovering some good drafts that I”d utterly forgotten I”d written. Then for the first week of September we spent a(…)

Poetry, Poetry Everywhere

Poetry, Poetry Everywhere

I had a busy week last week – beside the end-of-semester madness building at Winchester Uni, I also had three other poetry things on from Wednesday to Saturday. It was poetry, poetry, poetry, and I had a great time.   Last Wednesday I was one of the judges for the Hampshire final of Poetry by(…)

Writing Hampshire Launched!

About 7 1/2 months ago, when I had been Hampshire Poet for about a fortnight, I sat down with Angela Hicken, the exceptionally excellent Literature Officer for Hampshire, and talked about what I wanted to do for my two years. One of the main things I wanted was to create a project – something that(…)

Wessex LitFest at Noadswood School

Last Thursday, I was delighted to do my bit in Noadswood School”s LitFest: a two-week celebration of books, reading, writing, and authors – definitely A Good Thing. I was the sole poet on the bill, so I was very keen to make poetry possible, enjoyable, and rewarding for everyone involved. In the morning I worked(…)

Flame Fever!

Tomorrow (11th July) is Winchester’s big Olympic day: the torch is coming to town. We’re no strangers to flaming torches here. On Bonfire Night we wave thousands of them and generally do our best to burn down the High Street: As this time there’s only one torch and plenty of us to tackle any accidents,(…)