New year, new poem. Hello, 2016.  I am weeding the ground of my mind Picking through the thoughts that grow Deciding which I want to keep Digging others out at the root. Some are fine but there isn't space Some will not survive my soil Some scattered seeds I never noticed 'Til they sprouted seasons … Continue reading Brain-Weeding

Shithead Bingo

NB: no reflection on my current, or recent, workplaces. Job From Hell was a few years ago.  Shithead Bingo “This is so shit, you can tell a woman designed it” Cross! “That is SO GAY” Cross!  “I’m not being racist, right, but” Cross! Shithead Bingo: A game for hostile work environments Step one: Create your … Continue reading Shithead Bingo

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

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

Big Thinky Post on Permission

I'm going to be writing and performing a one-woman poetry show about Permission called 'Asking Nicely' at the Edinburgh Fringe. It's about how, why, when and where we ask for permission. Please see my previous blog posts here and here if you'd like background. Organising my thinking/themes for the Permission show I think permission splits … Continue reading Big Thinky Post on Permission

Spambot Word Salad Writing Prompts

So, my New Year's Resolution is to write more. One of my favourite writing exercises - which I've inflicted on various creative writing groups and workshops I've run is Spambot Word Salad Writing Prompts. It goes like this: when I did creative writing at uni (UEA, don'tchaknow), they were very fond of creative writing prompts … Continue reading Spambot Word Salad Writing Prompts