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Posts in this category are about my own creative writing: my novels, my poetry, and the f-r-e-e-writing on which they rest.

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Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

This Month’s Exclusive Poem for Patrons: Full Flight

This Month’s Exclusive Poem for Patrons: Full Flight I was going to post a different poem for the exclusive this month but then this one arrived. Though I was thinking of a dear friend as I wrote, I think it’s born out of lockdown too. How are you coping with lockdown? I have to admit, my online life is keeping me going. I was part of a panel discussion for US National Poetry Month this week and will feature three wonderful indie poets I got to know there in the next podcast… along with some of the great submissions on…

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Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

International Poetry Circle

I wanted to tell you about a fantastic social media initiative that is also a great example of the kinds of things that are being born out of the creative conditions created by the lockdown. Tara Skurtu, wonderful poet and writer had the idea for The International Poetry Circle in March. She wanted to create a place to bring poets, poetry readers and poetry lovers together as we headed into sheltering, cocooning, quarantining and socially isolating ourselves. “People often turn to poetry in tough times,” she said, “so I’m starting Poetry Circle—a growing thread of people reading their poems and…

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poem for patrons: on reaching 60: happenings
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

This Month’s Exclusive Poem for Patrons: On Reaching 60: Happenings

This Month’s Exclusive Poem for Patrons: On Reaching 60: Happenings I’m posting this after a long day of strange celebrations of my big birthday. Unable to physically get together with family or friends, I spent the day on my phone and yet again, found myself so very grateful that we live in this time of online connection. All my poetry is exclusive to my patrons for 90 days. On Reaching 60: Happenings  “*it happens”, the philosopher said. And who can disagree? And as soon as *it happens we give *it the third degree. (Which, indeed, is how we  came to have…

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Singular They
Creative Writing: Behind the books

The Singular They

My non-fiction books now carry the following disclaimer: Where we have traditionally been told we should use he and his, this book uses the singular they and their. For me, this usage is more compact, equalising and flexible than the alternative, clumsy he or she constructions. As the OED blog puts it:  People who want to be inclusive, or respectful of other people’s preferences, use singular they. And people who don’t want to be inclusive, or who don’t respect other people’s pronoun choices, use singular they as well. Even people who object to singular they as a grammatical error use it themselves when they’re not looking, a…

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This Month’s Exclusive Poem for Patrons: Flare

This month’s exclusive poem for patrons: Flare.  The trees in London are grey and bare at the moment. Just outside my study window there is one that flares to an astonishing shade of yellow in autumn. Looking at how it is now, and wondering over the miracle of being able to see it so differently in my mind’s eye, gave me this poem. All my poetry is exclusive to my patrons for 90 days. Exclusive Poem for Patrons: Flare There are times in autumn when no matter how hurried or worried our days we can be arrested by the colour…

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Creative Writing: Excerpts, Fiction Friday

Friday Fiction: Iseult Gonne and Lucien Millevoye Take Tea

Maud and Iseult Gonne are living in Normandy, taking refuge from the war in Paris, when they hear that John MacBride, Maud’s husband, has been executed. This leaves Maud frantic to get back to Ireland. She dispatches Iseult to London, to fetch their friend, the poet Willie Yeats.

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