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Mar.03.2014
Finishing one notebook and starting the next, there is always a slight pain in the heart when moving on. Have recorded so much life in the one just ending, the lives of others, and this life which is my own adventure. I give each notebook a title when they are done, this last one is called A...
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Mar.03.2014
Some Thoughts On Editing The first draft is for you the writer to learn about the story or the poem.The second draft is for you the reader. Tell the story to your reader. From second draft onwards read everything aloud, don’t rely on your eyes to see how the piece could work. Some pieces are right...
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Oct.20.2013
Our lives take us on so many paths, I could have been a physicist, a gardener or a monk; each of these possibilities was real at one time. Instead poetry and literature choose me as their own, as if in reality it was always meant to be that my life would be intertwined completely with theirs. Then...
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Jul.26.2012
The last two days have been filled with looking at and judging entries for the Anthology Prizes for this year's Koestler Awards. The Koestler's are a range of prizes for written and visual arts given to people in prisons and secure units, in the knowledge that engagement with the arts is one of the...
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Nov.03.2011
...have more depth than surface. Be an artist rather than appearing to be. So many 'artists' have the right laptop & phone, a shiny website/facebook page etc, they hang with the right people and talk the right kind of talk, but don't work on being rigorous and honest and developing their poetry...
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Nov.02.2011
Here are some images from my 'poem in light' commission in Canterbury. I asked people to share their secrets and dreams with me and I made poetry from them and projected them 60 feet high.... Imagine seeing your secrets written large and knowing that no one else but you knows it is yours.. The...
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