Monthly Archives: May 2012

Research Notes on “Writing Pad” Workshop: Poetic Inquiry

The following research comes from a hugely inspirational workshop that I attended on May 23rd 2012 called “Writing Pad” which was hosted at Staffordshire University by Alke Groppel-Weneger with funding from the Academy of Higher Education. ( The focus of … Continue reading

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Ecopoems 2

When I started the ecopoetry project last month, my hypothesis was that the paper would be eroded and thus the text redacted by insects, weather and bird-pecks. Having collected a sample of the texts that were scattered, I have observed … Continue reading

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Portico Poetry Prize

Portico Poetry Prizes.   I am delighted to be judging the Young Portico Poetry Prize alongside my former students Richy Campbell (poet, and editor of Fade) and Krishan Coupland (prose, and editor of Neon). It is free to enter the … Continue reading

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Marking Essays: Common Issues

It is marking season in British academia, and the average academic in my faculty turns around 300,000k words of essays/theses/portfolios in just a few weeks and requires a significant time investment.  I hope you forgive my sporadic posts for the … Continue reading

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New Poems on ditch,

Check out three of my new poems included in ditch poetry magazine, Canadian/International journal for Avant-Garde writers. Don’t forget to stop by and read the work of all the contributors and the  generous archive copies of past anthologies.

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Originally posted on Garyswordz:
Festivals 30th April -6th May Chipping Campden Festival : Fri 4th-7th May Shrewsbury Bookfest: Mon 7th-19th May Swindon Festival of Literature: Fri 11th -20th May Derbyshire Literary Festival Sat 19th May-27th Nailsworth Festival: ——————————————————————————————————————————— Tues…

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I experiment with ecopoetry and site-specificity each spring (because that is what poet-academics do to relax, of course). Last year, I used some of my own poems as a basis for ruination by weather, birds, elements. This year I have chosen some found material … Continue reading

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Poems on Badges

I was let loose in the “Experimental Print Unit” at Staffordshire University today as part of my dastardly plan to sneak poetry into people’s everyday encounters. The print unit has a fabulously retro Badge Press Machine (a charming pre-loved device, unlike the … Continue reading

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