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No more wriggling out of writing · 2W ago

My fundraising challenge – The Ullswater Way ‘Hike for Hospices’.

On the 22nd and 23rd of May 2017, I am undertaking what is a significant challenge – for me anyway. I will be attempting to walk the 20 mile ‘Ullswater Way‘ in the Lake District, over two co...
No more wriggling out of writing · 3W ago

On struggling with the writing life – again

I still seem to get a fair few hits on this, my blog. Not that I deserve them. No wriggling out of writing has been sorely neglected of late as I struggled with the first edits of my forthco...
No more wriggling out of writing · 2M ago

The ‘vital’ death of John Keats: ending the myth of weakness

Today is the anniversary of the death of the poet John Keats, in Rome, on the 23rd February 1821. He was just 25, and suffered from tuberculosis (or consumption as it was then known). His fr...
No more wriggling out of writing · 3M ago

In trying times: Heberto Padilla on continuing to speak out…

Heberto Padillo In Trying Times - a poem for 2017 Continue reading →
No more wriggling out of writing · 4M ago

Christmas Greetings 2016 – making the best of a bad year…

Well what a year it has been. This Christmas card seems quite apt, as the world seems to be rushing headlong into disaster, for everyone, not just the turkeys. Politically, I have considered...
No more wriggling out of writing · 4M ago

Poetry for Christmas #4 – Christmas Sparrow by Billy Collins

I don’t mind if you have not read my Christmas poetry posts. I would rather you had, of course, as it keeps the stats looking healthy, and I honestly think you might have missed the opportun...
No more wriggling out of writing · 4M ago

Poetry for Christmas #3 – Ogden Nash -The boy who laughed at Santa Claus…

My illustrations for this, the third in my series of ‘Poetry for Christmas’ posts (see the previous two posts for #1 and #2) are deliberately used to pose a question that confuses many of us...
No more wriggling out of writing · 4M ago

Poetry for Christmas #2 – e.e. cummings – little tree

We have just spent a happy  weekend decorating the house for the festive season, so it seemed appropriate that the second in my ‘Poetry for Christmas‘ series is the lovely ‘little tree‘ by t...
No more wriggling out of writing · 4M ago

Poetry for Christmas #1 Mistletoe by Walter de la Mare

2016 has flown by. It has been a strange, and horrible, twelve months in many ways and I feel barely ready for winter. However, the Advent calendar is up, and nine doors are opened already, ...
No more wriggling out of writing · 4M ago

5 ways to make the most of precious writing time…

2016 has been one of those years that has seemed to offer very little  in the way of peace of mind, space for contemplation or periods of calm. The horrors of the world, along with political...