News & Events

Upcoming events:

2021 Feb 3rd  “Poems from Cornwall to Orkney” A Bovey Tracey Library event. Join us and listen to the inspiring poetry of Rebecca Gethin and Julie-ann Rowell. Julie-ann Rowell lives between Devon and Orkney where she has Scottish roots going back centuries. ‘Exposure’, was published in 2019 by Turas Press. She has been teaching poetry in Bristol for over ten years. 2020 Palewell Press invites you to a Zoom launch of Vanishings on Thurs, July 30th at 7.00 – 8 ish.   Will add link nearer the time or send me a message through Contact Me button and I will send you it. This avoids scammers getting on. BYO drinks and settle in your own sofa.  Come and go as you like.  Easy! POETRY TEIGNMOUTH is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on July 7th at 7.30. for an Open Mic Evening with Guest Poet REBECCA GETHIN reading from her new collection “Vanishings”. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 560 858 9872 Password: 4K8hWk Plus watch out for the launch of Vanishings hosted by Palewell Press at end of July. The creatures will be read into life on West Wilts radio soon too. Past!  Those were the days! FB_IMG_1539034070192 Nov 4th: Reading with MW Berwick and Maria Isakova Bennet, Michael Brown and Magma poets at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. More info ….. Dec 8th… my residency at Brison’s Veor, nr St Just. Feb 2019 or thereabouts:  launch of my pamphlet Messages, joint winner with Jane Lovell of Coast to Coast first single author poetry pamphlets. Faulkner Sq, Liverpool.

What’s past:

2018 Sun, Oct 7th Buzzwords, Cheltenham.  Workshop and Guest Reader. Fri, May 11th   Reading poems as part of Three Churches Festival, Buckland in the Moor, 7.30pm Mon, May 28th, 6pm Pembroke Poets at Pembroke College, Oxford with Sarah Watkinson. 2017 July 10th All the Time in the World at Ways with Words, Dartington. July 12th A Poetry of Elephants at Ways with Words, Dartington.  June 25th-26th South Downs Poetry Festival. facebook-image-clsw-poetry-and-song

May 25th:  All the Time in the World & A Sprig of Rowan will be featured at Uncut Poets along with Sue Proffitt with her new book, Open after Dark.  

June 25th-26th South Downs Poetry Festival. Readings and workshops and more elephants!  July 10th All the Time in the World at Ways with Words, Dartington. July 12th A Poetry of Elephants at Ways with Words, Dartington.  May 3rd April 17th words and ears   DSC06183 Launch of All the Time in the World: April 7th in Exeter with Dana Littlepage-Smith and The Book of the Breast 

What the horses heard  at York Literary  Festival.. March 25th along with two other Cinnamon Press writers, Marg Roberts and Jane Austin and Jan Fortune. 17553886_10155181064229524_2735337072977918221_n

I judged the local competition for the Teignmouth Poetry Festival. Results evening was Sat, March 18th. 

World Premiere of A Poetry of Elephants:  16 poets read their poems from the anthology. 


Currently, I am running the Poetry School’s monthly seminars in Plymouth. This is full for this academic year but of course you could always book for next October and thereafter. Quotes from recent ( lovely) participants: ‘I really meant it when I said your comments were helpful! I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday and will miss our weekly meetings. They were so constructive and inspirational. Thank you!’ ‘I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s workshop-many thanks to Becky for her superb teaching!’ ‘An excellent workshop and a lot to think about. Thanks.’ ‘Our Sunday afternoon was indeed soul food.’ ‘Thank you for a fun and inspirational afternoon.’

A few highlights from the past

2016 Feb-March  I was awarded a month’s writing retreat at Hawthornden Castle, thanks to Mrs Heinz. April: Reading at the launch of The Interpreter’s House @ The Albion Beatnik Bookshop, Oxford Dec: Reading at Chagford Library with Jenny Hamlett, Bridget Thomasin, Maggie Clarke. 2015 Nov: workshop for Teignmouth Poetry Festival Aug: one of my poems was set to music and performed in Dartington Hall. A Handful of Water joined the exhibition At the Deep End at Hannah’s, Seale Hayne. April: Moor Poets workshop 2014 Aug:  Talk at Ways with Words about What the horses heard + poetry workshop July: Reading and talk at Worcester Literary Festival June Reading and talk at Exeter library May: Launch of What the horses heard 2013: Readings at Fire River Poets, Uncut Poets. Launch of A Handful of Water  2011: Liar Dice at Ways with Words , BBC Radio Devon; Cullompton Library.  


Suitcase Writing Workshops

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Tailor-made portable workshops to suit your community, at a reasonable price with no on going commitment to a whole course, unless you would like one! Mentoring or help with editing is also available by post or email.

Lovely participants said the experience had been ‘exhilarating’, ‘meaningful’ and ‘supportive’. Another wrote, ‘it was such an eye-opening afternoon, such fun and I enjoyed it hugely.’ If you have always wanted to try some creative writing but didn’t know where to start or you want to re-energise your writing, then these workshops are for you, at a cost to suit your pocket and with no on-going commitment until you feel like it. Take an outing with your suitcase and find out what’s packed away inside. In poetry we will look at the basics of rhyme, verse form, lineation and stanza structure. In story-writing you will explore character, dialogue and scene-setting. Through exercises, reading, writing and feedback, you will have the opportunity to hear a number of approaches, to create your own forms on the page, develop first drafts with more confidence as well as get tips on editing and re-writing. Other courses and information about how to progress will be made available. Suitcase Writing Workshops offer a menu of different workshops on poetry or fiction writing. Ask me for more information using the Contact Me form on the menu bar. The price will be entirely negotiable depending on venue, numbers of people attending, anything from say 5-12-ish. Travel costs might need to be charged.  
  • I welcome opportunities to give talks or readings about either of my two novels, or readings from my poetry, or to run poetry workshops for beginners and/or intermediates.

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