Posted by GW Wed, January 04, 2017 11:43:58
Happy New year to all and I hope 2017 brings all you wish. I find Christmas and New Year difficult times so appreciate the support of family and friends. This year I need that more than ever and realise how much I do rely on other people. This was strange as I have so much to look forward to in 2017. I have a collection due out in January which is published by Diehard. The poems are all based on Castle Semple Loch at Lochwinnoch and it is in that village that in March Read Raw are holding a few days of poetry writing. I am also leading a workshop as part of the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival and the result of the Tannahill Poetry Competition will be announced later that week; an exciting time.
Busy days ahead and I hope to gather together another collection once I have faced the mountain of poems I need to review and sift.
Posted by GW Thu, December 01, 2016 11:43:26
I decided to enjoy another writing course in Wales. Cinnamon Press have a wonderful setting and great tutors in Jan Fortune and Pete Marshall so well supported by Caroline and Adam. I am always amazed at the fellow writers I meet at these courses where friendships form in minutes that last for ever. Have a collection of poems - about a local loch - in the pipeline so watch for exciting news.
Posted by GW Sun, October 16, 2016 11:42:30
It has been a busy time. I had a wonderful writing break at Moniack Mhor. I recommend the courses there as long as you pick carefully ( this is personal about a tutor clash) as it is a beautiful place and I have met great people. this was the third time i have gone there. Had a quick trip to Roscommon for the Siarsceal Festival; great fun and the people so friendly and one delightful lady surrender a Friday morning to drive me to Knock Airport. Just back from Will Kemp's launch ( a friend made at Moniack) in York. Go out and buy a copy of The Painters Who Studied Clouds from Cinnaman Press. A night of poetry and meeting Will and Jan and Adaam of Cinnamom Press.
Decided to get hard copies of my poetry so have been plough through printing from computer. How I wish I had done this as I went along and also tat I had thought about where files were stored. I seem to have set up about five directories and there may be others yet to be found.
Autumn I like, the drive back from York was long due to road closures but the colours in the countryside made it an enjoyable trip.
Posted by GW Fri, July 08, 2016 14:34:41
Lovely weekend at Barnard Castle in the company of marvellous poets. Returned with some poems from the workshops and many new friends. Returned to find that a poem of mine is on the Stirling Council site as the July Poem. So far 2016bhas been a good writing year.
Posted by GW Mon, June 27, 2016 11:44:21
Back from two days at the festival. Great concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and highlight was listening to The Hebrides Ensemble rehearsal in the Cathedral. Delighted to have a poem in the Souvenir Programme celebrating that 2016 is the fortieth festival.
Posted by GW Sun, June 12, 2016 15:32:51
Wonderful poetry course at Ponden Hall. Great tutors in Andrew and Lindsey and generous and inspiring fellow participants. Julie and Steve are delightful hosts. I highly recommend a stay at the Hall with its historic links to 'Wuthering Heights'.
Posted by GW Wed, May 25, 2016 10:38:25
Delighted to have a poem in the Linwood Medical Centre as part of the Art Work to brighten the walls. Had a Hillman Imp when started to drive and remember it fondly. Also still lust to own a Sunbeam Stiletto - the sports version.
Posted by GW Mon, May 02, 2016 21:59:11
Marvellous day near Kirkby Lonsdale writing poetry and listening to what others had written. Weather was not great but we were able to walk in the garden. Finished with an evening of music, song and poems. I am delighted that Sally Evans, editor of Poetry Scotland, invited me to this and have wonderful memories of place and people