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This Month's Exclusive Poem for Patrons: Doing Dreams
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

This Month’s Exclusive Poem for Patrons: Doing Dreams

It’s time to release this month’s exclusive poem for Patrons: Doing Dreams I hope you enjoy it. Till next time, may your life be filled with poetry! xOrna Doing Dreams This is the season  of your pain.  We watch, helpless to help  as you’re taken,  and thrust through the veil  of yesterday’s thorns  back to the time  when the scourge was planted.  Read more on Patreon!

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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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Iseult Gonne and WB Yeats in Wartime London
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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Allowing Now: The Book and the Poem
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

Allowing Now: The Book and the Poem

I’ve been working on my mindfulness poem “Allowing Now” for a number of years and it’s finally finished. I’ve also been revising some of the poems in that collection.

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Iseult Gonne and WB Yeats in Wartime London
Creative Writing: Excerpts, Fiction Friday, Friday Fiction

Maud Gonne hears of John MacBride’s Execution

The story has shifted to 1916. Maud and Iseult are living in Normandy, as the first world war wages and in Dublin, Irish freedom fighters have organized a botched insurrection. Many of their Irish friends and acquaintances were involved. This extract describes what happens when Maud Gonne hears of John MacBride’s Execution for his part.

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Poetry for Christmas
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

Poetry for Christmas

The nights are drawing in here in London and the Christmas lights have just been turned on. This is a poem for the season, inspired by the Christmas angel outside Geenpark tube station, Picadilly. You can find it, and more poems for mid-winter, in my Poems for Christmas collection. It’s available in paperback and hardback, as well as ebook, and makes a great gift.

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Poem for Patrons: Soaring
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

This Month’s Exclusive Poem for Patrons: Soaring

This month’s exclusive poem for patrons is a Christmas poem “Soaring”, inspired by the Chrismas lights on Picadilly, London. SOARING In darkening afternoons damp air that tastes of sleet and wind, we dodge between the honk of taxis, buses, cars and other people, as from work to shops and back again we go, to and fro, intent on lists of food and clothes and gifts and then… Read more on Patreon!

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