It is my honour to pay tribute to one of the dearest writer friends I have known: Stanley Middleton. Today, Thursday 1st August 2019, marks the centenary of his birth and a plaque will be unveiled on the house in Caledon Road, Sherwood which was the family home for over forty eight years.
It’s been a moon filled month and for a certified moon geek like me, who wrote her first poem about the moon in the weeks of excitement that summer in 1969, it has been a blast. First there was the fantastic Apollo 11 film directed by Todd Douglas Miller and there’s always been moon-related poetry to inspire us.
Even if you only open the door a fraction,
send a slither of light and backroom fug
across wrapped glass and best china
you will catch his stern eye.
The Monarch of the Glen stares out
across Little Gran’s best room…
Sue Dymoke will be reading and talking with Alan Baker and Aly Stoneman about Poetry and Place, Five Leaves 30 April 6.30pm
from the river to St. Ann’s Well
and Radford Road
always a boundary
from: WINDFALLS by Aly Stoneman
Father, you pelted our legs with tiny windfall apples/
when we looked for you at dusk. You would not recognize/ the orchard now…
Aly Stoneman, Alan Baker and Sue Dymoke will be exploring the place of place in our writing and talking about other poets whose work we admire. Five Leaves Bookshop Tues 30th April 6.30 – 8pm £3 on door or book at https://bit.ly/2GGgzxB
There’s just one day to go before poetry streams through our streets, bounds along the boulevards and flings itself far and wide across the city. Nottingham Poetry Festival 2019 starts … Continue reading
Alan Baker, Sue Dymoke and Aly Stoneman will be reading and discussing poetry about near and far-flung places
Thanks to everyone who listened and commented on Recombinant Rhymes and DNA Art, broadcast last Monday on R4. If you missed it, catch up at BBC Sounds or on BBC iplayer.
What a great year 2018 has been for poetry. I’ve read new voices, made new discoveries and experienced favourite poets developing their work in new ways both on the page … Continue reading
Just putting finishing touches to my Thinking Like a Poet writing workshop taking place at Beeston Library on Tues 11th December 6.30 – 8pm. It’s coming up very soon. If … Continue reading
The poem ‘Roaming Range’ began to write itself after a conversation at Attenborough Nature Centre about children’s opportunities to engage with nature
Oct 26th London Launch for What They Left Behind. Starts 8pm, Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden
Copies of my new collection from Shoestring Press are waiting to spring out of their boxes this week. What They Left Behind by Sue Dymoke will be launched on 4th Oct, National Poetry Day, at Five Leaves, Nottingham.
What They Left Behind, my new third collection from the fabulous Shoestring Press, is published on National Poetry Day. To launch this collection, I’m reading with fellow Shoestring poet Jonathan … Continue reading
Over the last eighteen months I have been conducting a poetry experiment with Pietro Roversi, fellow poet, structural biologist and dear friend, in order to explore the complexities of DNA … Continue reading
This poem has just been published by Taylor & Francis Online prior to publication in English in Education. I have 50 free eprints of the poem. If you’d like a … Continue reading
A key aim of the No One You Know anthology, which I am editing with my dear friend and fellow poet Anthony Wilson, is to introduce readers to poems that … Continue reading
On a recent visit to Japan I got to see the poetry card game Karuta being played for the first time. Karuta is based on 100 ancient tanka from the … Continue reading
The best anthologies continually reward their readers: at each reading, each dipping into the vast poetry pool…
An approval copy of the Against the Grain anthology (published by Nelson) appeared in the English department where I worked in 1989 at just the right moment. Against the Grain continued the conversations about poetry that I had begun to have with other writers
International Student Golden Shovel Poetry Competition now launched: https://www.roosevelt.edu/colleges/education/community-engagement/golden-shovel-competition
Excitement is mounting about No One You Know. A fantastic list of poet contributors is growing daily. Each poet will choose and write about an unknown poem by another poet and the reason for their choice of No One You Know.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of No One You Know, a new poetry project with Unbound Books
#NationalPoetryDay: writing Golden Shovel poems about freedom (updated with added Patience Agbabi poem)
New poetry writing resources for National Poetry Day using The Golden Shovel form and exploring Freedom
Over the next ten days Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature will be chock-full of diverse poets and lively poetry events to entice all sorts of poetry listeners, performers, readers and writers. Nottingham … Continue reading
It was Roy Fisher’s funeral in Macclesfield this afternoon. I was very sorry not to be able to attend and wanted to mark the occasion in some way.
Just published in Writing in Practice http://bit.ly/2lOoprj
Our article, Poet-Academics and Academic-Poets: Writing identities, practices and experiences within the Academy.
The Golden Shovel Anthology: New poems honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, edited by Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar and Patricia Smith, has just been published by The University of Arkansas Press. The idea behind this … Continue reading
Inspiring poet Selina Tusitala Marsh made an NZ Honorary Literary Fellow
I can finally share with you my prize-winning poem Arboretum Shapes. (It won first prize in the Nottingham Green Spaces poetry competition) Hope you enjoy the poem and congratulations to … Continue reading
I am delighted to have poems in the Autumn 2016 issues of Raceme and Brittlestar – two beautifully produced poetry magazines that need new readers and, most importantly, subscribers. Both … Continue reading
After hearing Nottingham’s Matthew Welton give an exuberant performance of poems from his new Carcanet collection on National Poetry Day last month I knew that this book had to be my next poetry read.
I took part in the Ekphrastic Review’s 20 poem challenge last month. My poem ‘Furious Answers’ was written in response to the painting The Answer is No by Kay Sage (USA), 1958.
We are delighted that our Bloomsbury publication Making Poetry Happen has been awarded Highly Commended in the UKLA Academic Book Award (after being shortlisted back in January 2016). The awards ceremony takes place this weekend (9th July) at UKLA conference in Bristol. I would like to thank all of our many contributors to Making Poetry Happen for their wonderful chapters and evident commitment to making poetry happen in so many varied contexts.
We went to hear novelist Pat Barker speak on Thursday. She was in fine conversation with Sharon Monteith at Nottingham Playhouse in a benefit for Nottingham Unesco City of … Continue reading
Last week I made a new poetry discovery which is always a thrilling thing: the poem ‘Rain Won’t’ by Kenji Miyazawa, one of Japan’s foremost 20th century poets. Miyazawa’s last … Continue reading
New poems never really come alive until they have been taken out for a swim and I’ve heard someone laugh at them or groan or even applaud.
‘Finding and Keeping Poetry’ is the title for the Harold Rosen Lecture I will be giving in June. The keynote is part of the 50 Years after Dartmouth research symposium at … Continue reading
I know that Yates’s Wine Lodge
(where the Australian wine liquor is like no other)
is still Yates’s
even though the Friends’ Trio no longer plays here.