Friday, 23 January 2015

Poetry Certificate from Lidia Chiarelli

My thanks to Italian poet, Lidia Chiarelli, for this smart certificate. 

My thanks to Lidia of the international Immagine e Poesia movment 
for including my poem about the view through a dragonfly's eye
in the Poetry Basket at the Exhibition of 'Artists' Glances', 
mounted by Gianpiero and Lidia Actis in Turino. 

Sadly I was not in Italy for the exhibition, 
but my poem represented me!

You can take a virtual tour
on YouTube.

What would we see through these eyes?

Friday, 16 January 2015

ZSL Debut Poetry Competition Poems

A pool at (Suffolk Wildlife Trust) Redgrave and Lopham Fen

My thanks to Talita Jenman, ZSL Arts and Culture Coordinator, for her post on my ZSL Poetry Competition win on the theme of 'conservation'.

You can read my Villanelle, 'Raft Race', about the Fen Raft Spider here, along with the other prize-winning entries. The competition was judged by members of ZSL Discovery & Learning department, ZSL Resident poet Ahren Warner and Poet and ZSL council member Ruth Padel.

From the East Anglian Daily Times and The Ipswich Star
16 January 2015

The photos on my post here were taken last August (2014), when we visited Redgrave and Lopham Fen. Sadly we failed to see any Fen Raft Spiders, though we enjoyed the chance to experience their habitat along the Spider Trail.

You can read more about the Fen Raft Spider here

Follow the red arrow!

Other reserve residents who enjoy the special fen landscape

We found lots of helpful information on our visit ...

Saturday, 10 January 2015

A Spicy Clang

My short poem, 'Prawn Madras' [24/2010], has been posted on a site from the Netherlands called Kostro by site-owner, Vouter van der Land. 

The poem was written in my Swansea poetry group of 'Tuesday Poets' in 2010 to demonstrate the 'Clang' form, which was devised by fellow Tuesday Poet, Llewelyn Hugh Nicholas. 

The poem was first published in The Book of Forms - A Handbook of Poetics Including Odd and Invented Forms by Lewis Putnam Turco, University Press of New England 2011.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

2014 Review of Poetic Highlights

2014: Dylan Thomas 100

I am following the practice of fellow poetry/writer bloggers and posting a selection of my 2014 highlights (in no particular order).

Poetry and Literary Events attended

  • My Edward Thomas tribute poem, 'Literally, for this', in so too have the doves gone.
  • Several poems in Reach Poetry, Indigo Dreams Publishing. I am delighted that Indigo Dreams Publishing editors, Ronnie Goodyer and Dawn Bauling, have just won the PoetryKit's prestigious Ted Slade Award.
  • 'Starvation Point, Isle of Ulva' published in the 2014 Paragram anthology, Remember
  • Two poems published in Restless Bones, ed. Elaine Christie and Jacqui Rowe, in aid of the Born Free Foundation.
  • One poem published in The Pre-Raphaelite Society's second anthology of poems (ed. Serena Trowbridge).

Festival Participation

  • Overall Winner, Inaugural ZSL Poetry Competition on theme of 'conservation'.
  • 'Elegy for Idris Davies': nomination by Quill and Parchment for the Pushcart Prize.
  • Joint Second Place in the Metverse Muse (ed. Dr. H. Tulsi, Visakhapatnam) competition for formal poetry, category A.

 ... and so to 2015, which has just begun with a wonderful Suffolk Poetry Society workshop on the theme of 'layers and layering', led by Dr. Geraldine Green. Do throw a link in the Comments if you have posted your own review! Happy writing to all. 

Friday, 5 December 2014

Pushcart Nomination 2014

Sharmagne Leland-St. John and her team at Quill and Parchment (USA) have selected my poem, 'Elegy for Idris Davies', for a 2014 Pushcart Prize nomination.

The poem concerns the miner-turned-poet, Idris Davies, from the Rhymney Valley in South Wales.

A dram for transporting pieces of coal

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

ZSL 2014 Poetry Competition Win

I have just been sent a link to the Results Page of the 2014 ZSL Poetry Competition on 'Conservation' ...

Rule 15. The competition will be judged by members of ZSL Discovery & Learning department, ZSL Resident poet Ahren Warner and Poet and ZSL council member Ruth Padel.

Overall winner: Caroline Gill - Raft Race

My poem is about the plight of the Fen Raft Spider. 

One of the few locations in Suffolk where the Red Listed Fen Raft Spider still resides

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

11 November - Laurence Binyon and the British Museum

David in the British Museum

'They shall grow not old ...'
from 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon

Many will have seen the poppy installation at the Tower of London. David and I attended a fascinating event in honour of (Robert) Laurence Binyon (1869–1943) at the British Museum on 11 November 2014. Binyon's granddaughter, Sophie Gray, assisted a member of staff from Prints and Drawings with the delivery of a presentation about the War Poet's life and work. 
Binyon, who was immensely interested in art from Europe, China and Japan, was invited to head up the new Department of Oriental Prints and Drawings in the British Museum in 1913, just before the outbreak of war. His career at the British Museum spanned 44 years.
Binyon was too old to enlist as a soldier in the Great War, but was keen to serve and volunteered with the Red Cross as an Orderly. He became a stretcher bearer. 
Basil Gray, Binyon's son-in-law, took over his British Museum work. The new Department of Oriental Antiquities was created in 1933.
We were able to listen to a recording of Binyon's voice and to see documents in the poet's hand, along with prints and watercolours that he had acquired for the Print Room. Two portraits of Binyon by William Strang were on display.