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Endings and beginnings

So much to report – where shall I start? Perhaps on Sunday, November 7th, when I’ll be reading with Greta Stoddart, Elaine Beckett and Gill Barr at the finale of Exeter Literary Festival – How to End Well. If you’re able to get to the Custom House on Exeter Quay at 5.30pm please do feel free to join us. We’re delighted to have been invited back after the success of Whose Voice Is It Anyway? in 2019 and have been having great fun in the planning of it.

In 2021 I have begun to send work out again, after a pause of some years. I was delighted to be shortlisted for the Coast to Coast to Coast Individual Poet Journal Competition – thank you so much, Maria Isakova Bennett. Poems have also been published in  the following – many thanks to their editors: Obsessed with Pipework 95 & 96, Snakeskin 287 & 288, Marble Poetry and Ink, Sweat & Tears. That last poem, And Sit With the Dark, was shortlisted for IS&T’s pick of the month and is being used in a service at Exeter University Anglican Chaplaincy this month (thank you, Hannah and Elly). 

And last but most important of all, on National Poetry Day, 15 writers read their work at St Stephen’s Church in Exeter to mark the publication of The Watchful Heart, an anthology edited by Exeter-based poet and novelist Richard Skinner, and me. The writers are from the Inner Room creative writing project that I am facilitating on behalf of the Parish of Central Exeter. What a great occasion: it was exciting and humbling to hear their work. Here is the Diocese of Exeter’s coverage of the launch. It’s not too late to sign up for the current phase of Inner Room – just email me. We’ll be running workshops in the New Year on The Creative Process as well as continuing with Connecting with Poems and the Room2Write sessions, which are about to celebrate their first anniversary. Well done to everyone who’s been turning up at 7am fortnightly since November 2020…

Fifteen writers and two editors at the launch of The Watchful Heart (Photo: John Dobson)

Posted on 30th October 2021 at 12:55