Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Bright Silence- a month in haiku

February was National Haiku Writing Month, setting a challenge to write a haiku every day.  I took part and posted the resulting poems on Facebook.  The 28 poems have now been collected into a short book, available from Carreg Ffylfan Press for £4.

The collection takes its title from this haiku:

The felling of trees
leaving stumps as vivid scars
bright silence and ghosts

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Poetry readings- The Thought of Fresh Rain on tour

I'll be reading poems from my new collection over the next few months at various events in Wales:
2/5/14 Cellar bards, Cardigan (with Samantha Wynn-Rhydderch)
3/5/14 Laugharne Festival Poems and Pints
2/6/14 Red Heron reading, Welsh landscapes, Dylan Thomas International Summer School

Get in touch if you have a venue or event.

Friday, 21 March 2014

The Blog Tour - writing

Thanks to Sue Moules for tagging me with some questions about my writing.

What am I working on?

Too many things!  I am currently promoting my latest poetry collection, The Thought of Fresh Rain.  I am really pleased with the poems in it and as an object.  I am also trying to find opportunities to read poetry in public- this is something I have only been doing for a couple of years and I want to improve.  I've written a few poems that will be going in my next collection.  And I keep thinking about a short novel about lost love which I want to write.

How does my work differ from others in the genre?

A lot of poetry is about creating stories using techniques to add drama and interest to the sound of the words.  I don't really do this - to me, poetry is a kind of speaking thoughts out loud, and I like to try to capture that single moment of insight, using a few simple words.

Why do I write?

I'm not driven to write, but on the other hand, it's not hard.  I find that I can move quickly from having a thought, recognising that it is interesting, and then putting it on paper.  I suppose my mission is to show that even a quiet and gentle life can produce work which speaks to others.

Writing prose, I do find tough.  I like outlining but hate the filling in.

How does my writing process work?

I'm open to ideas at any time.  I find driving and walking to be activities with the right combination of new things to see and lack of distractions to set me thinking, and every now and then I encounter something that strikes me as interesting or profound.  I write quickly into a notebook, not worrying about the words, just trying to get the thought down; often I have no clear idea of how the poem will develop or end.  Then once it's finished, I set to work on editing it down to the pure essence, chopping out unnecessary words and lines, and trying to make the phrases sing.  Rewriting is quite brutal - a 10-line poem I wrote in January is now down to a haiku.


Fallow days
between years
time to pause

I'm passing on this Blog Tour to Caroline Gill  and Madeleine Sara Maddocks.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Workshops and other services offered

  • Creative writing workshop  to introduce people to writing poetry in a variety of forms including haiku and cinquain
  • Poet in residence and poetry readings
  • Chairing and hosting literary events
  • Tools for critical reflection
  • Project management 
  • Stress and emotion at work 
  • Self-publishing: a realistic and practical view
I am happy to develop bespoke programmes to fit the client's needs.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Safe Workforce: Sustainable Workplace

My new project is funded by the  ESF and offers BA and masters level distance/blended courses for employees of businesses in the Convergence Area of Wales.  I am based in the Trinity Saint David's campus in Carmarthen.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

The Strata Florida project

I was Senior Project Officer for the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David long-term project to explore the site and landscape of the Cistercian abbey of Strata Florida.  My role included working with the local community and businesses to raise awareness of the site and to encourage its use in economic development through heritage tourism.  The project created heritage trails with interpretation panels and leaflet, a DVD, and a dedicated website.