Poetry Tag with Marisa

So Marisa is doing a poetry tag Q&A thing, and asked me a few questions about what I write/why I write it, etc. The results are here: What am I working on? My Edinburgh Fringe show Asking Nicely. It’s all about permission: how, why, when and where we ask for permission – with a feminist/sociological … Continue reading Poetry Tag with Marisa

Recipe: Chia Seed Porridge

I did another post for Anna’s Eat Food. Be Joyful blog:

Eat Food. Be Joyful.

This is our second recipe from the excellently culinary Hannah Chutzpah. She has this to say:

Chia Seeds.

Lately I have discovered chia seeds. Previously I’d only ever heard of them in the context of people mocking Gwenyth Paltrow, but I watched the documentary ‘Hungry for Change’ recently and decided to try out some new stuff from the healthfood store.

Chia seeds look like slightly shinier, paler poppy seeds, but they have a lot of pectin so they go really gloopy and you can make something a lot like porridge with about 2 tablespoons of them. They’re supposed to do all kinds of magical things like give you energy, stabilise blood sugar and help you remove bile salts from your system. I’m no nutritionist, but they seem perfectly edible and I did start feeling a bit perkier when I started eating them.

Usually I’ve tried nuking them with milk like…

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Indiegogo: 45 hours left (thank you!)

Hey folks, just a short and sweet post to say there's 45 hours left on my Indiegogo to publish a poetry pamphlet and fund my taking my show Asking Nicely up to the Edinburgh Fringe. You guys rock! I'm already over my asking (nicely) total! You have made a nervous, broke poet with big dreams very, … Continue reading Indiegogo: 45 hours left (thank you!)

Writing tips for young poets

I've seen a lot of stuff by young, promising up-and-coming poets lately, and some of it's blown me away. Some of it has been so close but in need of a little more work. For the former group I have only awe and envy. For the latter group I've come up with some pointers. This … Continue reading Writing tips for young poets

Recipe: Courgette Salad

My awesome friend Anna has just started a food blog, and I’ve just created a recipe:

Eat Food. Be Joyful.

Ladies and gentlemen, our first recipe! It is a recipe for courgette salad, courtesy of the utterly fabulous Hannah Chutzpah, of whom more later.


  • 2 courgettes.
  • 1 apple.
  • 3 sticks of celery.
  • maybe a 1 inch chunk of ginger.
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce.


So, Anna raved about raw courgettes, cut up really fine with a vegetable slicer. I’ve seen the same done with cucumber, so I gave this a go. It was a first attempt based on what was in the fridge at the time. The courgette was marinated (for maybe 10 minutes) in soy sauce with finely-chopped ginger. Then I chucked in a chopped up apple, 3 sticks of celery chopped up, and feta to sprinkle. Substitute sunflower seeds if you want it vegan. It turned out awesome – I went back for seconds.

a bowl of courgette salad with the ingredients on a board Om nom nom! Hannah’s courgette salad making set-up.

About Hannah

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George R R Martin is Not Your Bitch

I've just read this brilliant post from Neil Gaiman about audience entitlement ("why is George R R Martin doing anything else rather than writing his next book for me?") and I could not agree more. (Read from the bold bit on down.) One thing I heard loud and clear when I was studying creative writing … Continue reading George R R Martin is Not Your Bitch