Emily Midorikawa and I have written an essay for Shooter Literary Magazine about this poem by Emily Dickinson. It is often seen in light of her so-called ‘failures’ in affairs of the heart but it can equally be read in relation to the lack of praise Dickinson was receiving in the literary realm. Most of… Continue reading Success is Counted Sweetest
If the words have stalled during the cold months, come and get things cooking again with this daylong series of workshops. Learn the tricks of TV, dabble with poetry and make a start on your novel. Plus there’ll be a secret creative twist at the end of the day… As part of The Berko Writers’… Continue reading Creative Kickstart!
When we first launched Something Rhymed, a year ago now, concerned well-wishers expressed scepticism about whether we’d discover twelve pairs of historic female writer friends to profile each month over the course of 2014. Thanks to our close-knit community of readers from around the globe, the reverse has in fact been true. You’ve helped us… Continue reading A Year of Hidden Friendships
One of the unexpected pleasures afforded by running SomethingRhymed.com is the chance to speak about female literary friendship on stage as well as write about it on screen. And so, Emily Midorikawa and I are particularly delighted to have been offered the opportunity to present some of our discoveries tomorrow evening, October 15th, at the… Continue reading Ilkley Literature Festival
‘Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway’: This was the headline of the feature on female friendship that I co-wrote with Emily Midorikawa for the Independent on Sunday. Why would such a celebratory subject attract this kind of headline? We focused specifically on friendships between feminists, and we’ve come to think that perhaps intellectual, political, and… Continue reading Double-Page Spread in the Independent on Sunday
Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone invited me to take part in the ‘Writing Process Blog Tour’, a journey through writers’ websites via questions about their work. I was particularly pleased that she thought of me, since Rebekah and I share a similar philosophy on literary mentorship and I admire her for making her role as a reader central… Continue reading The Writing Process Blog Tour
I am proud to announce that last night Councillor Allan Lawson, Mayor of Dacorum Borough Council, opened Sunnyside Rural Trust’s memorial garden. This beautiful and innovative space is a physical representation of the poems in The Memoir Garden, the collection that documents my Arts Council writing residency with Sunnyside Rural Trust. Each poem is comprised of the… Continue reading A Garden Full of Memories