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

If you read this speech at the start of a novel, would you read on?

It’s Friday Fiction here on the blog, so I’ll be blogging Dancing in the Wind, Book Two in the Yeats-Gonne Trilogy here with weekly extracts in the Friday Fiction slot.

I’m thinking of opening Dancing With The Wind with one of Maud Gonne’s fiery political speeches.

Question: Would you read on if this was what you found in the first pages of a book?

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Inspirational Poetry: Writer At Work
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

Sunday Inspirational Poetry: Writer At Work

Sunday is poetry day on the blog, and also on my Patreon Page. So welcome to this week’s inspirational poetry: Writer At Work, one specially for the writers among you. I wrote this poem some years ago but revised it slightly for Keepers, my latest collection. I hope you enjoy it. I sit, and hold a space, and wait, and wait again until some true words rise, wake up to take their place upon the page. I curtsey to them spin them round then up, then down to see some new thoughts turn. Then comes the time to let them lie, put…

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Spinning Still
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

Sunday Inspirational Poetry: Spinning Still

It’s Valentine’s week, so how about a love poem? I wrote a version of this poem ten years ago, so it’s an anniversary poem too, revived and revised as the days grow ever more golden. I run a Patreon page for my poetry. My most loyal readers–my patrons– always get to read my poems first, alongside other bonus gifts and giveaways. Patreon is a membership platform that brings creators together with those who like to support them. Knowing I have patrons who care about poetry keeps me connected when duties, doubts or distractions threaten to divert me off in other…

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Spoken Word London
Creative Writing: Creative Business, Inspirational Poetry

Sunday Inspirational Poetry: Spoken Word London

Our online Open Mic is Tuesday Next at 8pm. More details and register here. Today, I’ll be Open Mic-ing too but at a live Open Mic event with Spoken Word London. This group is now very popular. It’s one of the most egalitarian groups in London as all poets get five minutes and five minutes only. It’s organized by Patrick Cash and Hannah Gordon, who was a regular at our Creative Cricklewood Open Mic, before our pub closed down. This weekend  Spoken Word London is running an Anti-Hate Festival Spoken Word London:  Anti-Hate Festival Lots of fun and games expected to happen  including: Interactive…

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Sunday Inspirational Poetry: A Poem for St Brigid's Day
Creative Writing: Inspirational Poetry

Sunday Inspirational Poetry: A Poem for St Brigid’s Day

I wrote this poem a few years ago but am taking out for a replay today, as part of my Sunday Inspirational Poetry: A Poem for St Brigid’s Day. St Brigid was quite a woman, if the old tales are to be believed. Story has it that when Saint Patrick heard her final vows, he accidentally used the form for ordaining priests–who of course could only be men, even then. When the error was brought to his attention, he simply replied, “So be it, my son, Brigid is destined for great things.” Little is known about her life after she…

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Creative Publishing: Inspirational Poetry

How To Self-Publish Poetry Plus Online Open Mic on Facebook and Patreon: May 2019

Are you a poet who would like to reach a wider audience for your work? Do you want to learn how to publish and sell your poetry books? Then join my monthly online for poets: Self-Publishing Poetry Advice Clinic plus Open Mic. If you’re a poet, this Facebook Live event and podcast is designed for you–and the readers who will love to hear your work. It’s a warm and welcoming space for poets of all kinds, at every stage of development, and everyone who loves the spoken and written word. An opportunity for you to reach readers with your poetry and learn more…

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