Friday, 24 April 2009

holmewood is a happy place

I'm at Holmewood Community Centre today and my guest editor is Tina, over to her...

i go to holmewood every day and i like going swimming and playing on the nintendo wii.

i like coming to holmewood day centre and i like going out with friends.

today we have doing a poem about holmewood and we talked about what people like to do and we have been for a walk along the five pits trail and we have been writing a song about holmewood.

bye for now see you later.

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Barnsley and Beyond

Recent blog silence is down to a busy few weeks. I've been buzzing between Swadlincote (Pingle School Young Writers, aka The Alliterative Allsorts), Lea Primary School, Chesterfield, Holmewood and Matlock. I've even been over the border - with the dynamic Barnsley Writers (some of their 20-strong group are in the pic).

Couple of weeks ago I was on the Jerwood Aldeburgh 'To & From a First Collection' course. Brilliant bunch of poets including Helen Mort whose one-woman show A Pint for the Ghost will be touring haunted locations later this year, accompanied by the ghosts of Derbyshire and South Yorkshire...

Other news: If you like poems in your Inbox, the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre will send you one a week, from presses in UK & Ireland.

If you're at the stage of putting together a poetry pamphlet check out the Templar Pamphlet & Book Competition, closing date 30th April 2009. Based in Bakewell, Templar also run the Derwent Poetry Festival.