50 ways to improve your poems

The first version of your poem is a first draft.  It’s exciting to have written it – but how do you make it the best it can be?  How can you improve your chances of getting it published and read by others?    I’ve pulled together some great advice from poetry professionals. Simon Armitage –Continue reading “50 ways to improve your poems”

Colour, textiles, art – Sheila Hicks

I’ve already posted an article on Sheila Hicks earlier in 2017, but I just came across fresh evidence of her adventurous colour palette and soft touchy-feely art.  There’s a playful inviting fun in her Venice Biennale giant pompoms – see this 3 minute video:   and her simple but gorgeous wall piece in a formal companyContinue reading “Colour, textiles, art – Sheila Hicks”

Comedy Food: Letitia Cropley

I’m beginning to think that the overcrowded market of cookery books lacks one thing – a really funny cookery book.  Here is one of the Master Chefs of the craft: Letitia Cropley, a neighbour of the Vicar of Dibley.  Who always managed to add that little “Je ne sais quoi” ingredient to traditional recipes: LetitiaContinue reading “Comedy Food: Letitia Cropley”

Clearing up after the party – animation

Betty Boop struggles to clear up after yesterday’s party.  Fortunately, her inventor friend, Gramps, has some inventive ideas.  I especially like way he deals with laundry. The sound and picture may seem a little dated and scratchy – but what do you expect from a lady who’s 80 years old?  It’s still got energy andContinue reading “Clearing up after the party – animation”