Which books do we ever get round to reading – and which fall by the wayside and remain unread? Popular book reviewer on Youtube, Sanne, ponders…. You can follow Sanne at her Youtube channel, booksandquills. If you have a seemingly endless list of books you want to read – my sympathy as a fellow sufferer. And if you have a book or three that you … Continue reading Books yet to read
“What are the arts for? Why do we encourage creativity? Why do we teach children to play, to perform, to paint?” This is a very old question – one which a cultural leader in Britain has just made a very direct statement about: the Arts Council Chief Executive in the Times Educational Supplement. Key advantages of creativity learning mentioned include: learning to understand key cultural references … Continue reading Why arts in school?
Dear progress is a series of word art/poems written by Micah Purnell and displayed on billboards around the city of Manchester, England.
The video explains both the wording and what Micah is thinking on. He describes this work as:
Poetry can inspire by acknowledging a person, telling their story, celebrating their life’s witness. I just came across a poem by Luci Shaw, which tells us another poet/person’s story, their persistence through harsh circumstances. Encouraging. Luci’s poem begins with her introduction to Irina, in italics. Irina Ratushinskaya —Russian poet and physicist who was sentenced to seven years in a Soviet labor camp for writing about … Continue reading Poetry of Resilience – Irina Ratushinskaya
If you’re feeling the need to lose a few pounds for the new year, you have my sympathies. I am very amateur at this process, but have found a few useful hints along the way. I am not a medical doctor nor qualified to be a weight loss counsellor – any weight loss programme should only be undertaken through consultation with your doctor – these … Continue reading Amateur Hour tips for Weight Loss
American poet Dobby Gibson (featured in blog posts on previous 2 days) took time during his New Year to give us the low-down on what poetry book inspires him to write poetry. Also, a personal note on how the writing of his next book is progressing….
Question: What are you reading now?
Dobby Gibson: The book I’m reading now is a 2017 book I’m rereading for probably the tenth time already. It’s called “There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé” by the American poet Morgan Parker.
This book is a total delight. Parker combines the unpredictable swervy-ness of a New York School-style of poetry with a wit, urgency and voice that is contemporary and completely her own. It was the most exciting book of poems I read in 2017. It’s a book that makes me want to write poems (the best kind!).
Getting the story on a practising poet and how he works with publisher and editor – and what a book launch is like. Continue reading Dobby Gibson: A poet, a press, an editor