Pamphlet for Friday is A Quire of Paper by Maura Dooley- a Smith/Doorstop collection of poems originating from her residency at Jane Austen’s home in Chawton. I love the way she captures snatches of Austen family stories and their everyday lives (whether it be making pancakes, patchwork or salve for sunburn) but also the feelings of paying visitors, including casual day trippers and Austen devotees paying homage to ‘my sister, Jane’. Dooley delicately evokes the spirit of the place and its inhabitants in poems which are amusing and tender in turn.
Maura Dooley’s A Quire of Paper captures the spirit of Jane Austen’s Chawton home.
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.
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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
Voices of Jewish and Muslim Writers at Nottingham Festival of Literature raised interesting questions about writers’ uses of language, form and choices of subject. Iranian born Michael Merdad Zand Anchian’s … Continue reading