Winter poems online

A very happy New Year to writers everywhere. Do you have an inner drive to write? Is a day with writing in it happier than a day without? You’re a writer.

The run-up to the festivities was so busy that I forgot to post some marvellous news. As well as London Grip publishing Palm Tree Victory – a poem of love and victory I wrote in honour of my darling Auntie Jean – in early December, the Mary Evans Picture Library Poems and Pictures blog published Beach Hut Christmas. Just before the holidays too. Greenwich publisher Live Canon commissioned it in 2018 and it has been lived out with great happiness at my beach hut here on the north Kent coast, UK.

I wish you happiness and fulfilment in your writing and many happy scribble-treats in the year to come.  IMG_5280

WORD OF MOUTH #WHITSTABLE January’s Faversham Special

Whitstable’s monthly spoken word event WORD OF MOUTH is back – ready for a better year than ever – on Thursday next week, the 9th, at 6.30pm.

The Umbrella Café doors will be open from 6pm and it’s going to be a #FAVERSHAM SPECIAL thanks to Angel Cakes Dye who is bringing top-notch poets Katy Evans-Bush, Rosemary McLeish, Christopher Hopkins – with his brilliant new book The Shape of a Tulip Bird – and Melinda Walker who will not only read her emotional, beautiful poetry but will also sing with magnificent folksinger, and no mean wordsmith herself, Helen North.

This is a FREE EVENT, the Umbrella’s licensed café stays open throughout with tea, coffee, cake and hot food, and there’s an OPEN MIC! If you would like to come and read for up to five minutes, please sign up with me (free) on the night. The café is behind the Umbrella Centre in Whitstable’s Oxford Street (the best Oxford Street) opposite the Fishslab Gallery and the Rock Lodge.

See you there!

WoM Whit Umbrella general poster