Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Fiesta Time (13): Book Lovers' Day

St Ives in Cornwall - home of Hepworth and childhood holiday destination of Woolf

Having read my 'Barbara Hepworth in St Ives' poem, Shaft of Light, Circle of Stone, at Arlington's Poetry Cafe last night, I was delighted to find a tribute to Virginia Woolf on the Oxford Dictionaries site in celebration of Book Lovers' Day.

Godrevy Lighthouse, St Ives
For many Cornwall aficionados, the lighthouse at Godrevy, near St Ives, will always resonate with Woolf's iconic book, To the Lighthouse, despite the fact that the novel (complete with lighthouse) is actually set on the Isle of Skye. However, the author spent childhood holidays at Talland House in St Ives, and one can't help feeling that some of her Cornish experiences were translated into the novel. On one occasion, Virginia's brother, Adrian, was denied a trip to Godrevy - and in the novel, James is confronted with the fact that his forthcoming visit to the lighthouse has been called off.

Don't forget to look up the other Oxford Dictionary Book Lover entries ...
I wonder what you are reading this summer. I am just coming to the end of Mehalah, an adventure set on the salt marshes around Mersea Island by Sabine Baring-Gould, and have just started Silver, Sir Andrew Motion's eagerly-awaited sequel to Treasure Island, which was written, of course, by Robert Louis, a descendant of the Lighthouse Stevensons.

And for those who are wondering, I suspect Book Lovers' Day is actually tomorrow! And for those who are also wondering, yes, Sabine Baring-Gould penned the words to 'Onward Christian Soldiers' ...

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Caroline Gill ~ Work on the Web

 


'There is ... the intriguing Poldhu by Caroline Gill, 
which has an offbeat angle on organisation and dots.'

Stella Stocker, reviewing Manifold #47 

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My chapbook website is here, but the links below will take you to a selection of web pages that include my poems and/or concern my writing.

Poetry
  • Petra Kenney First Prize 2007: the Award Ceremony at Canada House, Trafalgar Square. N.B. the text of my winning poem, ‘The Figure at the Phoenix Mine’, has been included in The Holy Place. The poem was 'Poem of the Week' (14 April 2013) on the Poetry kit blog (ed. Jim Bennett).
  • 'Sleepover at the Museum', Third Prize, Haddon Library Competition, marking the 800th Anniversary of Cambridge University in 2009. 
  • The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics Including odd and Invented Forms (Lewis Putnam Turco, published by University Press of New England, 2012 - this volume contains three of my poems, 'Thalatta, Thalatta', 'Echo on the Nile' and 'Prawn Madras'.
  • 'Preseli Blue': this poem was first published in The Lie of the Land (ed. Jan Fortune, Cinnamon Press). It was broadcast on the BBC's Poetry Please Radio 4 edition from the Guardian Hay Festival on Saturday 7 June 2008. The poem can be found by scrolling down the Shabdaguchha site (ed. Hassanal Abdullah), from the Six Welsh Poets issue, Shabdaguchha #53/54, Vol.14, No.1-2, July-Dec 2011.
  • 'Elegy for Idris Davies', The Seventh Quarry (ed. Peter Thabit Jones) no.3, Winter 2006, posted on the Southbank Centre Poetry Library site. This poem can also be found by scrolling down the Shabdaguchha site (ed. Hassanal Abdullah), from the Six Welsh Poets issue, Shabdaguchha #53/54, Vol.14, No.1-2, July-Dec 2011. Caroline's Second Light Live page also features this poem.
  • 'Tide Fight', The Seventh Quarry (ed. Peter Thabit Jones) no.3, Winter 2006, posted on the Southbank Centre Poetry Library site. Awarded First Prize in the Carmarthen branch of the Ottakar/Faber Competition, 2005.
  • 'Egret on the Loughor Estuary', The Seventh Quarry (ed. Peter Thabit Jones) no.3, Winter 2006, posted on the Southbank Centre Poetry Library site. Lines from this poem were reproduced in Rivers of Britain by Stuart Fisher (published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and available from A&C Black 2012). 
  • 'Swansong' can be found by scrolling down the Shabdaguchha site (ed. Hassanal Abdullah), from the Six Welsh Poets issue, Shabdaguchha #53/54, Vol.14, No.1-2, July-Dec 2011.
  • 'Marazion', PoetryCornwall/Bardhonyeth Kernow (ed. Les Merton) #25, 2009, posted on the Southbank Centre Poetry Library site.  
  • 'Turner's Loch Coruisk, Skye', Reach Poetry, Indigo Dreams Publishing (ed. Ronnie Goodyer and Dawn Bauling) #141, June 2012, posted on the Southbank Centre Poetry Library site. Voted Second in Readers' Vote. The painting can be viewed here.  
  • 'Waves' in the Tercet Ghazal edition of The Ghazal Page (ed. Gino Peregrini), 2009.  
Prose (and Pictures)