Yesterday & Today: 23rd February

Things didn’t quite go to plan yesterday as my Crash rehearsal had to be cancelled. However, I made up for it to some extent by indulging in a read-through in my study – doors closed again to protect the innocent!

I tried to up the pace a little, which I managed to do – but it was still no substitute for rehearsing in the performance space under Andy’s direction. A couple more home run-throughs before next Weds.

At Ripon Writers’ Group in the evening eight of us tried a flash fiction exercise. It was intended as a light-hearted event and, not surprisingly, there was a larger volume of laughter than great literature! But the exercise served its purpose: taking people outside their comfort zones; getting them to write under pressure; writing to a different theme or style than they normally would etc.

The day also saw some more drafting of “C” and the completion of a draft article – “What is Poetry for?” – that I am likely to publish as a post here in a day or so.

It’s my monthly Contextual virtual poetry reading today – the 15th! – with five different readers lined up, and numerous people coming along to listen and comment. [If you want to find our more, go here.]

Other than that today will see more drafting of “C”, a second-cut at the article, perhaps a little poetry too – chipping away at the follow-up to Crash.

I’ve also started listening to the BBC Sounds podcast The Poet Laureate is in his shed which I am finding surprisingly enjoyable. So far I’ve heard Simon Armitage with Guy Garvey (Elbow lead singer) and Kae Tempest. It makes me want my own shed! [I have my own podcast, which you can find here.]

Onwards and upwards..!


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