Happy Burns Night 25th January

January 26, 2017

Happy Burn’s Night 25th January

Norwich Book Club discussed my poetry book ‘Notes From The Balcony’.

What an honour for me, who ever thought I’d be in such a position given I’m the youngest of ten children – a coal miner’s daughter. I left school at age 15 to work in a factory. I have to thank Adult Education – in schools, The Open University and the University of East Anglia, and lately on-line learning courses and of course my publishers.  I confess I love being a student (I did teach Environmental Science – outdoors for 15+ years) and still participate as a student on writing courses (currently writing children’s fiction). If anyone wants to write I’d recommend courses structured to teach creative writing. I started when I was in my twenties with Mary Mackie, the romantic novelist; she put us on the right track telling us all to at least start with an English A level. And though it’s taken me years – the journey, the science, the writing, have been marvellous. It’s always seems to have been about the journey for me. I’ve had some of the most incredible experiences and epiphanies on courses, summer schools and writing retreats, and shall continue on these wonderful roads knocking on and opening doors.
 

Public Lending Rights (Library) 15 loans (woo hoo) for last year (= £1.17p, hmm what shall I spend it on? Has to be a charity box donation!) Thank you to those folk who use the libraries and borrow our books, tis enough reward that folk want to read them that keep us going ...


 

July poetry books

August 2, 2016


Magazines subscriptions all seem to come at once! There's a couple here I brought, one freebie, and one to review. I also purchased The Somnabulist by Jenny Morris and Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, the latter two read and loaned out. Hmm where do I start now?

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The Devil's Throat

March 18, 2016


Available from 25th April 2016
from Amazon Kindle

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Married name or maiden name for my new novel?

March 17, 2016
Married name or maiden name for my new novel?

I’ve decided to use my maiden name ‘Haywood’ for my new novel. There are several reasons. The first reason is over the years quite a few people have spelt my name wrong. I put it down to all the double-u’s. The most common mistake has been only one ‘l’ in my surname. The variety of names has been hilarious from ranging from ‘Shepherd’ (I knew it had something to do with sheep!)  to ‘Willi-cock’ (not kidding – it was a Chinese ...
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Writer's CV for 2015

January 13, 2016
2015

Awards:
New Winds, (poem) The Poetry Society, Poetry Stanza Competition 2014, Commended,
Nominated for The Forward Prize 2015 by Paul Mc Grane of The Poetry Society

Twelve Feathers (for Pixie), Reach Poetry, Issue 197, February, (Issue 198) 3rd Place Reader’s Vote

other:
Re-cycling, Reach Poetry, Issue 207, Dec
Autumn Field Agent, Reach Poetry, Issue 205, October
Love is a Journey, wedding poem, St Peter’s Church, 2 May, (details on my web (blog) page)
Glass Mice, Reach Poetry, Issue 199, Ap...
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Poetry and Pimms

August 16, 2015
Poetry and Pimms
Saturday 15 August 2015

With a spectacular backdrop of the marshes at Cley and the setting sun, three of us (Julia Webb, Mathew Howard and me) recited our poetry to an appreciative audience. We centred our poems on the theme of 'nature'. Pimm's was flowing, and on a break with refreshments, we watched hares bounding and playing in the adjoining field, and a kestrel hunting. Special thanks to Rachel (of NWT Cley Marshes) for organising the event.


Early ...


Hares in the next field...
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LOVE IS A JOURNEY

May 4, 2015
LOVE IS A JOURNEY


Their first meeting – the coach for Archant’s annual awards ceremony,
Mandy walked down the aisle refilling raised glasses. Hot Tottie!
cried Andrew. Squashed together colleagues in best attire fell silent.
Mandy turned, hair cascading, and she laughed.

Theirs was a long-distance romance. Distance brought planes
and trains keeping track, distance brought car journeys
on snow-cotton drifts, distance brought photo’s lighting walls
and shelves with family and friends.

If you were...

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Poetry Unboound

March 14, 2015


This poem is currently on display at the Millennium Library in Norwich. Poets can drop a poem 'in the box' or via email, if selected the poem will be put on display in the library and when taken down will be stored for folk to browse on the web page. This poem was inspired by my observations of the flamingos in the pond I frequently pass (behind a fence!) when dog walking.

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Writer's CV Jan 14 - Dec 14

January 26, 2015
Published and exhibited poems in 2014

New collection:

NOTES FROM THE BALCONY  Indigo Dream Publishing, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-909357570.   68pp £8.99

Reviewed: Reach Poetry Issue 195, Dec, by B M Jackson

Individual poems published:

Notes From The Balcony, Reach Poetry Issue 195, Dec, (previously published in Hearts Shoots Anthology
Indigo Dreams Publishing with Macmillan Cancer Support, 2013 (first published in Envoi))

QQ Press, Poetry Workshop Book, Bumper Edition (2014) (3 poems)

TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO...

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NOTES FROM THE BALCONY In association with Poetry Unbound

November 18, 2014


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