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Like pretty much any other collection-published poet, I would have got nowhere without the existence of little press magazines. The vast majority of these are run by volunteers without any external funding. If you are passionate about poetry, one thing I recommend doing is subscribing to a magazine or two. Whilst many are available online, there are plenty still in print, publishing a wide variety of work by writers who may or may not one day become famous
There used to be a regularly updated online resource at www.poetrymagazines.org.uk , which was a great site to use when researching magazines that might be a good style fit for sending out one’s own poems. It’s still up but only as a read-only site. I don’t think the search facility works, but I know that some of my old poems are there – as are early pieces by writers whose poetry career has been far more successful.
FYI Cley Hill is a NT hill site with the remains of an Iron Age fort just outside Warminster in Wiltshire. I used to go there a lot as a kid. Haven’t been for years, but it’s a lovely walk with stunning views across Somerset and across to Salisbury Plain on the Wiltshire side. I must visit again one day. More info here. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cley-hill
I haven’t taken photos of the hill myself, so for now I am using this one by by Phil Williams, from Wikimedia CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1318075
One reason for having this blog is to collect together any online references to my writing, including reviews – whilst I don’t have any particular expectation of making my fame and fortune from poetry it is nice to have somewhere to put them!
The first review I had for my first collection was by David Green – who I previously worked with as joint editor of an edition of South Magazine. His review appeared on his online blog a short time after the book’s official launch at the Square Tower in Portsmouth.
David was very kind to write a review so quickly and to be so positive in his review of Landings, Commenting that “One great advantage of publishing a first collection in one’s fifties is that there is still everything to select from so it comes as no surprise that Richard Williams’s first book doesn’t look like a debut and hits the ground very sure-footedly”.
I’ll post other reviews here, and will have a permanent page set up with reviews and links to my work. I’m sure that after a short while I’ll have everything up and this can then be a more rounded blog with less of a look at me sensibility!
Whilst this website will mainly be poetry based, I will post my own photographs here as well. As a starting point, here is a small selection of pictures, some of which appeared in an exhibition in 2017.
Some of these photographs were taken on an old iPhone whilst training for marathons. I have used basic editing techniques to enhance the grainy effect caused by using such low grade equipment in challenging light conditions, which I quite like in these images. Hope you do too!
So this is my first post – more of a test post than anything else. The above picture incidentally is one of a series of 8 canvas prints I had for sale in Baffled Coffee in Fawcett Road. All were bought by the same person – which was gratifying to hear! Incidentally if you are in the area Baffled are excellent and highly recommended – their Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/baffledcoffee/