An invitation if you been on one of my courses, or worked with me…

Last night, sitting round the Wednesday Writing Table, we decided to open a Facebook group to share writing information (submission calls, competitions, new magazines, readings etc), our good news, our sulks, writing prompts, and maybe even to ask for and give feedback advice on work in progress. If you have been to one of my courses, […]

Lavender Maze, two toddlers run in circles….

I ran a workshop at the Physic Garden at Westgate Gardens in Canterbury today. That’s the garden above. And the sun shone, and the cake came. Look! But more importantly poets came too to write with me, some new poets, some already established, some drawn by the plants, others by the words. It’s the joy of […]

The Story of a Collaboration – truths and tips from Vanessa Gebbie

  I’m so pleased to bring you this guest post by one of Spreadsheet and Moxie‘s Associate Artists, the very wonderful Vanessa Gebbie. Sharing this sort of information – not just WHAT people are doing but HOW they have done it – is exactly what Viccy and I hope to do with our project, and I […]

Snake oil, giant frogs and a quick death….

Herbs have long been used as healing plants, but – as part of my research for next Saturday’s writing workshop in Canterbury’s Physic Garden –  I’ve just had a lovely little research side-track into some other natural ‘cures’… Tuns out there really WAS snake oil… and a catchy product name here… Make your own opium.. …or […]

It’s research, honest….

This eclectic and beautiful pile of books is just what’s needed to help prepare for the Poetry Workshop at Westgate Canterbury’s Physic Garden, 11-1pm, 24th September. We’ll be exploring plants, remedies and poetry. There are still a few places left, you can find out more here….

Spreadsheets and Moxie… an after retreat report with ten lessons

Note: Spreadsheets and Moxie is a year long R&D project, funded by Arts Council England, in which Viccy Adams and I work in tandem, with partner organisations and ten very talented Associate Artists, to take a rounded approach to professionalism in the Creative Arts, with a particular focus on leadership for women writers. Find out more here.  […]

Try your hand at a herb haiku, a basil ballad and some parsley poetry…

Come and indulge your senses with a Herbal Infused Poetry Workshop at the beautiful Physic Garden at Westgate Gardens, Canterbury Saturday 24th September – 11-1pm Costs £4 (including tea and cake) How could such sweet and wholesome hours be reckoned, but in herbs and flowers? Andrew Marvell I’m running a workshop in Canterbury designed around […]

Half-time Report – Spreadsheets and Moxie….

We all went out to listen to the owls on Wednesday night. They weren’t doing the wise old ‘toowhitawoo’ children’s song, but howling to each other from across the trees. ‘You can tell why people thought they brought bad news,’ one of our fellow writers said. Chilling. But luckily, no bad news on our project’s […]

Spreadsheets and Moxie…. Introducing my (our) new project

  I’m so excited to let you know that Viccy Adams and I* recently received Arts Council funding for a new R&D project, Spreadsheets and Moxie. There’s a short mission statement for it above. This has been a long time in the planning, thinking, dreaming stages, so – HURRAH – we can now finally put it into motion. Over the […]

Ten Lessons On Setting up a Co-Publishing Venture….

    There’s been a lot of information about independent publishing recently, and September sees the launch of a really exciting independent publisher, Blue Door Press, a new imprint for literary fiction, memoir and poetry. Making the most of all the opportunities now available to writers, Blue Door Press is a collective of writers working with top editors […]