Christmas – to be continued… I'll just leave that there because well, it's brilliant. As I sit drinking a splendidly hot cup of tea made with one of a few extremely jealously guarded teabags I am feeling roundly comforted. Tea is an almost entirely reliable comfort for me, being "a panacea for all but stomach wounds" according to my … Continue reading Christmas – to be continued…

A poem for Christmas Day

I'm writing this on Boxing Day as rain is hammering on the windows and lightning is splitting the sky. At some point during Advent (probably as I was listening to the Art & Theology Advent playlist), the penny dropped for me that the characters in the Christmas story would have felt a whole range of … Continue reading A poem for Christmas Day

How to submit poetry to literary magazines and journals

Have you wondered about submitting your writing or poetry for publishing but you're just not sure where to start? I submitted my first poem to a literary magazine two months ago and since then five of my poems have been accepted for publishing, so although I'm just starting out too, I've followed some tips and … Continue reading How to submit poetry to literary magazines and journals

How to start sharing your poetry

All writers know that sharing anything you create can leave you feeling deeply vulnerable, raw or exposed (or all of the above). Even the act of writing out something from inside you can stir up some pretty big emotions. So sharing what you've written (at least to start with) probably won't come easily, although it … Continue reading How to start sharing your poetry

How to find poetry and poets you like online

At the beginning of lockdown the poems I had written years ago were still firmly locked away in obscurity and I wasn't really interested in reading or listening to any poetry. That has all changed now and in the course of lockdown I've not only started writing and sharing poetry but I've also been wanting … Continue reading How to find poetry and poets you like online

Good with words – Spoken word poem Good with words - Spoken word poem I want to be good with wordsMindfulDrawing back the blindsHelping people find the WordNo longer using slurs thatMar and mark and stain like grassOr words as swords to cut down those aroundTo show my crown of paper cut with words The One whose word whirs sharp and … Continue reading Good with words – Spoken word poem

Age of celebrity – Spoken word poem Age of celebrity - Spoken word poem We live in an age of celebrityAnd on every page of every magazineWe see that teenage dreamTo be famousTo have finally made it Playing the fame gameA desire to be desiredPublicly admiredHave the world realiseThat what's inside (or outside)Is beautiful And the magazinesBuilding on all those dreamsAre … Continue reading Age of celebrity – Spoken word poem

Father’s heart – Spoken word poem Father's heart - Spoken word poem Dad was there at my birth,He met me for the first timeRed-faced and outspoken within secondsA third life-changing arrival heavy in his arms The truth is though, I've got two dadsDad and Daddy Daddy already knew meGrew me for nine monthsFitting me together like a jigsawEach piece pressed … Continue reading Father’s heart – Spoken word poem

Spoken word for the socially shy

I'm a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to spoken word. I really enjoy writing it, even though these days it's with a sleeping toddler stretched across me in rural Brazil and not unhinderedly alone in my room in North London. It's a bit tricky to 'perform' spoken word when you don't actually … Continue reading Spoken word for the socially shy