WELCOME TO 2019!!
I hope to find more time for my blog this year. 2018 brought some achievements in being published and getting noticed. I seem to be getting the hang of things – so onwards and upwards!
A quick look at my writing activities and literary achievements:
I was published in several anthologies including 4 with Hedgehog Poetry Press. I joined its Cult of the Spiny Hog.
Poems appeared in:
1) A Little Book of Inspiration ( accounts of outstanding personal memories)
2) Other People’s Freedoms ( poems celebrating 100 years since the 1914-18 war)
3) Ode to a Hedgehog ( the best poems on the subject of hedgehogs
4) A Christmas Gift for You ( anthology of poems based on titles of fami.iar carols)
My shortlisted poem also featured in the Crowvus Anthology “Pictures paint a thousand Words”
My love-themed poem “Love on a Hebridean Beach” was shortlisted for the Bangor Poetry Prize. It had to be hand-written, decorated, displayed in the art gallery there.
Below is the finished article. Quite impressive, if I say so myself! ( nothing like shameless self-promotion!!)
I took part in several open mic sessions with Writers Live in Southwell.
I was invited to read a selection of my poetry at my local U3a meeting, which was well received.
i was awarded a slot at the East Midlands Writers’ Conference to have a 20 minute session with Poet Malaika Booker, who was headlining at this. Very Illuminating……
in September I attended the annual Creative Writing Retreat on the magical Isle of Iona with Angela Locke and friends old and new………… creativity at its best there!
In March I attended a workshop with the marvellous George Szirtes in Leicester – “Writing without Constraint”
Humble achievements, I admit, and I hope for greater things next year! Here’s to a productive twelve months! Yay!
My first poetry collection “Fording The Stream” under my pen name Jessica de Guyat is available to purchase from Amazon as ebook or paperback.