July Update

Such an odd feeling on Friday. Holding fast to my unwritten rule of not getting too caught up in the last day leavers’ celebrations at school, but then coming completely undone when one of the kids read a wonderful poem they’d written for me. This group will be the last I work with full-time and…

Quick August Update

Over half way through the summer break and not nearly enough poetry stuff attempted. The new work includes the short story mentioned earlier and an entry into the BBC Proms Poetry Competition run in association with The Poetry Society (for which I have renewed my membership and gained a shiny Poetry Society card which is…

Amsterdam and all that jazz

After finishing for the summer break at school, I’ve just spent a few days in Amsterdam. We were staying at the Prinz Hendrik Hotel, just across the square from Amsterdam Central Station. The time was spent visiting museums, eating out and wondering what the strange smell was that pervaded most areas outside coffee houses, restaurants…

Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018

Those lovely people at The Caterpillar Magazine announced the winner of this year’s Caterpillar Poetry Prize. Coral Rumble (great name) came first with a marvellous children’s poem called Mustafa’s Jumper, which you will be able to read in the summer issue of that excellent magazine (if you would like a sneaky peak, nip over to the…

The Opened Field by Dom Bury

The Opened Field by Dom Bury … winner of the 2017 National Poetry Competition #WonderfulStuff #Poetry #Sestina Marvellous poem following a strict (and possibly restrictive) fixed verse form of six six lined stanzas, where the words that end each line of the first stanza are used as line endings in each of the following stanzas, rotated in…

Poetry competitions … and me

Back in 1967, the Milk Marketing Board ran a competition to promote their dairy products. Pictures had to be sent in from entrants depicting the wholesome quality of milk, cheese and/or eggs. My dad, a milkman working for the Co-operative, brought an entry form home and at six years old, I set about producing my…

Oh bum …

You know that feeling, when you’ve been waiting for an e-mail from a poetry competition organiser telling you your poem has been shortlisted … and it doesn’t turn up, so you assume it hasn’t made the grade. Then you decide to get it “out there” anyway, only to discover there’s been a glitch in the…