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The Red Dress of Poetry · 20h ago

The South Country I : Daughter of the Soil

My friend's daughter is in the final year of a degree in fine art, and her mother sounded me out about displaying a poem alongside her work to add depth to the exhibition. Bryony - the daugh...
The Red Dress of Poetry · 1W ago

A Poem for World Poetry Day 2017

Strange, I thought, and rather unnecessary of the man working in my locallest Oxfam bookshop to pick the very moment I began to browse the one poetry shelf to start lifting books off to make...
The Red Dress of Poetry · 1W ago

Feminist Poetry Party, 9th April in Bristol

Sunday 9th April 2017, at Roll for the Soul, 2 Quay Street, Bristol from 3 - 6pmCome join us for an afternoon of feminist poetry, discussion and belly-dancing from some of the West Country's...
The Red Dress of Poetry · 2W ago


If anyone had asked me the name of the pub in the Vale of Glamorgan where I'd attended a wedding reception nearly 30 years ago, I wouldn't have remembered, but googling for somewhere slightl...
The Red Dress of Poetry · 2W ago

Satellite of Love

Satellite of Love is a relatively new gig in Bristol for page and performance poets alike, but over the last year it's become very popular, and not just because it takes place upstairs at th...
The Red Dress of Poetry · 3W ago

Clearing: A Poem for International Women's Day 2017

Clearing'Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all'                      Hermann HesseKnow your empty place, make it homeScar tissue’s intractable, dead It’s your wound that will remind ...
The Red Dress of Poetry · 3W ago

Woodpecker Watching ...

... from my office window. Better than working for a living.
The Red Dress of Poetry · 4W ago

A Secret Ministry

Went outside first thing this morning to find that the frost had scrawled 'The frost performs its secret ministry' in frost lettering all over the windscreen of my car. 
The Red Dress of Poetry · 1M ago

Small Acts of Resistance

I came home from the tip to find a bumble bee flopped in our front garden. Early emerged from its hibernation, perhaps. In any event, it looked like it could do with some help.Two parts suga...
The Red Dress of Poetry · 1M ago

2017 Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival : The Big Day Out

I have vague childhood connections with Shepton Mallet. My uncle and aunt lived there for a time when I was very young, and driving past the chamois deer that was the Babycham trademark atop...