Photography Poetry

City Space – Portsmouth

I was involved in this project, which used the work of a professional photographer as a starting points for poems, which were then turned into postcards. The nature of this meant that poets had to keep the poems to a short length. I’ll post my poem that made the cut, perhaps with one that didn’t, at a later date. But if you are interested in finding out more about the project, then there are events…

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The Jubilee Hall, Chichester

A quick plug to post the first event for 2023 at the Jubilee Hall on January 22nd. THE JUBILEE HALL, NEW PARK CENTRE, CHICHESTER, PO19 7XY All welcome on the last Wednesdays of most months to hear a visiting guest poet followed by an open mic. You can sign up on the door to read to a supportive and appreciative audience. Headlining on January 25th 2023 at 7.30pm is dynamic performance poet Janine Booth reading…

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Kindness Poetry Competition

A quick post to share details of a new, free to enter poetry competition, on the theme of kindness; You could see your poem on a limited edition postcard to be included in Candlestick Press’ popular Ten Poems of Kindness edited by Jackie Kay. This new Kindness pack will be stocked by book and gift shops across the UK and beyond. Full details below – this competition was shared on T’Articulation Portsmouth’s Facebook page the other day.…

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Why Submitting Poetry is Like Finding a New Job

Outside poetry, my day job is spent working in recruitment. I place candidates in companies around the world, primarily in tech start ups and expanding companies. In the last year I’ve filled roles in Australia, Singapore, Hungary, Poland, Germany, The Netherlands, UK and US. I’m currently working in the UK, Germany and Sweden. For anyone new to this blog, I’ve had over 120 poems appear in magazines, and a first collection of my poetry was…

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First Event of 2023

A first event for you in January – I read at the Victoria Institute in November, and it was excellent, highly recommended, with a rich variety of voices and musical styles. THE VICTORIA INSTITUTE, TARRANT STREET, ARUNDEL, BN18 9DG Come along to the second Monday of each month to enjoy a heady brew of poetry, music, art and theatre. Poets headlining on January 9th 2023 at 7.30pm are Arundel artist and poet Andy Waite together…

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Happy New Year 2023

I’ve not posted anything here since November. It’s been a pretty quiet year poetry wise – a lot of my focus has been spent on my day job in recruitment. I changed companies in October 2021, and then managed to secure a major contract recruiting technical support people for a start-up consultancy with operations in San Francisco, Singapore and Amsterdam. Lots of evening calls, early starts and work which took me away from poetry, whether…

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Poetry Event – Portsmouth – October 11th

Maggie Sawkins and George Marsh celebrate the publication of their new books: The House Where Courage Lives and The Angel’s Wound on October 11th at the Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth. There’ll be short readings, discussion, live music and bonhomie.  And it’s free! Live Music and Bar Hosted by Portsmouth Poetry – for more information and to book a ticket go to; https://portsmouthpoetry.co.uk

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Poetry Events – South Downs Poetry Festival

A quick post (work and life have got in the way again!) with a mention of three events for your poetry diary in October from the SDPF, the first of which is this Thursday NATIONAL POETRY DAY Celebrate back at our traditional venue at Chichester Library on Thurs Oct 6, 7pm (note new time) as Ted Hughes Award winner Maggie Sawkins reads from her new book, The House Where Courage Lives. PLUS OPEN MIC, live…

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