Dirigible Balloon and the National Poetry Day

In the last update I said that 50 poems a month would be unsustainable and here we are approaching October with 60 poems being uploaded from 32 poets in the next ‘flight’. All in all, since August 1st 2021 we will have published 155 poems from 57 poets. The submission figures have doubled over the…

Dirigible Balloon Update August 25th, 2021

We are coming to the end of August and the successful poets who submitted work for the September flight have had their poems uploaded. Many have supplied sound files, some of which needed converting to MP3 format, some of which needed a little processing for volume levels and noise reduction. Those poems without an audio…

Artist as Poet …

A book review: Quest for Ions by BrowzanPublished by Poiesis Publishers July 2021ISBN 978-1-5272-9638-1 RRP £15.00 Christopher Brown (aka Browzan), visual artist, filmmaker and poet, has published his first collection of poems Quest for Ions (artwork designed by Russian born, Berlin-based visual artist Olya Dyer). Auto-biographical in nature and written over a decade, the collection…

Lift-Off Approaches

Just a few days until the launch of The Dirigible Balloon on August 1st. We have 32 lovely poems from a dozen excellent poets with subjects that range far and wide … we have Einstein’s theory of relativity explained, a plea to rehome some mythical creatures, a knight of old without the correct underwear, the…

Two weeks to lift-off

It is now two weeks until the official launch of The Dirigible Balloon. The idea of an online publication featuring the best poetry for children from both established and new poets has moved on and is becoming a reality. We have twelve poets contributing over thirty poems altogether for the inaugural issue … but perhaps…

Suppose …

Suppose there was a place for writers of children’s poetry to air their stuff online called The Dirigible Balloon … Suppose we were not here today,behind our desks at school, and say instead of maths and grammar stuff,of which we do more than enough, both you and I could catch a bus,balloon or hippotamus, and…

The Dirigible Balloon … preparing to launch a new webzine for children’s poetry

Dirigible Balloon: the name used to describe the newly invented airships in the 18th century. From ideas originating in China, the development of hot-air balloons was carried out by French brothers Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier. On October 15th 1783 Jean-Francois Pilâtre de Rozier made the first tethered flight, November 21st Pilâtre de Rozier and the…

Clearance

A poem for Fathers’ Day … Clearance A face distorts in a fractured glass eye.In the wreckage of a house clearance,painted on gesso and northern white pine,old acrylic eyelashes flash a recognition. Stippled like a stormy summer,worn and battered flanks shiver in the dust.A torn rosette from a forgotten fetehangs by a mane, shabby and…

Science and Poetry

So this is happening soon. Katrina Porteous performs a World Premiere of ‘Under the Ice’, an immersive half hour performance combining Katrina’s poetry with electronic music by Peter Zinovieff on June 23rd 2021 in the Wordsworth Grasmere poetry series ‘Go to the poets, they will speak to thee’. On the Wordsworth site we are told:…

June Update

People who regularly read my stuff on here know that I am a recently retired teacher. When considering the idea of leaving the profession, I looked forward to the time I’d be able to concentrate on writing more poetry, reading at live events and getting my new pamphlet Fledge launched. Interestingly enough, things haven’t turned…