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Poems to Lift the Spirits. 22 Nov. Ripley Library

Looking forward to visiting Ripley Library, Derbyshire, 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd November. As autumn draws in, and the world has no shortage of challenges to deplete us, I’ll be inviting the audience to reflect on what nourishes us in times of trouble, and reading a selection of poems to support this. Not to deny or

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Verse Matters

… anthologies are like buses … Delighted that my poem ‘Welcome’ is included in ‘Verse Matters’ a new anthology edited by Rachel Bower and Helen Mort. The book has evolved from the legendary ‘Verse Matters’ spoken word movement started by Rachel and now run by an intersectional feminist arts collective. Also proud to see work

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Small Acts of Kindness

Delighted to have two poems – ‘Insha’Allah’ and ‘In Common’ in this anthology from Nottingham Peacebuilders. Copies are available from Five Leaves Bookstore and Waterstones in Nottingham. ‘In Common’ was inspired by the late Jo Cox MP, and written for Sheffield’s Great Get Together in June 2017, one of many such events held across the

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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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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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