Posts By: River

National Writing Day 2017

Wednesday 21st June. Poetry Workshop: Words are Windows   Celebrate the first ever National Writing Day with a fun and friendly workshop hosted by Fleet Arts. Unfortunately this workshop has been postponed.

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Courage of Conscience

In these challenging times, many are challenging the status quo, asking why injustice, war and poverty continue alongside the extremes of affluence and waste. 100 years ago, courageous women and men also challenged the order of the day: a merciless hunger for bloodshed. Together with young writers, I’m proud to have taken part in a

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Poem-a-thon Success!

Huge thanks to the 53 poets who took part (& kept to time!) and to the hundreds of people who sponsored, listened and gave generously. Round of applause for the Art House who hosted us and whose cafe kept us stoked up with food and drink. A tip o’ the nib to Jane Knight of

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Sponsored Poem-a-thon

2nd April, 50 poets, 8 hours of continuous poetry. Not a delayed April Fool, just a way of converting the spoken word into food, shelter and support for destitute asylum seekers and refugees. I’m reading alongside refugee poets Renuka and Mimi, with poems in Sinhalese, Amharic and English. Sponsor us here, or find all the

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Girl Rising: Derbyshire

I’m very proud of this project which I’ve been working on over the past year, in conjunction with the wonderful artist Fi Burke and film production students from the University of Derby. Most of all, I’m proud of the Long Eaton girls who made it all possible. You can now watch the film on YouTube.

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Lyn Hodnett’s paintings

.. are currently on exhibition at the Blue Moon Cafe in Sheffield. Alongside ‘Winged Figure’ are other stunning images. Worth savouring … together with a generous portion of Blue Moon’s delicious cake. Photo: Penelope Teapot

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Indoor Skydiving: who’s on the cover?

The cover image for my latest book is a painting by the Sheffield-based artist Lyn Hodnett. I’ve known Lyn’s work for many years and always been impressed by her subject matter and craft. I love the dignity and strength of ‘Winged Figure'; there’s more to her than meets the eye. The image spoke to me

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