Sue Dymoke

Write, Read, Perform, Listen to Poetry

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.

August 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Nottingham Poetry Festival starts tonight

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

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Roy Fisher 1930- 2017

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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Poetic and Academic identities

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.

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Gwendolyn Brooks & the Golden Shovel

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

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Poet honoured on Waitangi Day: Selina Tusitala Marsh, Honorary Literary Fellow

Inspiring poet Selina Tusitala Marsh made an NZ Honorary Literary Fellow

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Prize-winning Arboretum Shapes

  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

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New Poems

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

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Unspooling language spaghetti or mashing it up?

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

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Matthew Welton’s The Number Poems

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.

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