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. www.sdpf.org.uk
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.
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.
I judged the local competition for the Teignmouth Poetry Festival. Results evening was Sat, March 18th. www.poetryteignmouth.co.uk
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
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.
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
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
Readings at Fire River Poets, Uncut Poets.
Launch of A Handful of Water
Liar Dice at Ways with Words , BBC Radio Devon; Cullompton Library.
Suitcase Writing Workshops
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.