With Rita Dove, former US Poet Laureate at the Poetry Society Annual Lecture in Liverpool
What a great lecture by the absolutely charming Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia - I felt like a teenager at a pop concert! Not only did she sign three of her books for me, but she chatted to everyone, praised Liverpool and inspired us all with her latest work Sonata Mulattica about violinist George Bridgetower, friend of Beethoven, who died in poverty in Liverpool, and which she researched for (I think) five years.
An inspirational holiday in a beautiful location with great writers, fabulous food and sunshine! I met some wonderful writers from all walks of life, the food was amazing, we went to a lovely, typical French market, sang around a fire in the wild garden, lazed in hammocks between lessons and generally had a wonderful time.
This amazing writers' holiday must rank as one of the best in the country - loads of workshops; great guest speakers - my favourite was Simon Brett; fab food I didn't have to cook; convivial atmoshpere - especially around the bar; open mics; concerts - there's really too much to mention here, so click on their link...
With photographer and writer SIMON WHALEY
in Fishguard, July 2015
Simon Whaley's photography workshop was uber-relaxed. His idea of work was visiting the picturesque harbour to take photos and have a cream tea at the tearooms on the quay!
Simon is the best-selling author of "One hundred ways for a dog to train its human".
With poet JAMES NASH
at his inspirational workshop, July 2015
Met some lovely people and great writers on this inspirational workshop in Fishguard organised by Gerry and Anne Richard of WRITERS' HOLIDAY.
James' two-day workshop was far too short for me. I could have stayed two weeks!
Wish I had a non-blurry photo of the very good-looking Mr Nash though...
With WENDY COPE at The Gladstone Library, July 2015
Wendy Cope has long been one of my favourite poets and you can see from the photo I can't keep the smile off my face as she signs all her books. The link on her name is to one of my favourite poems "Bloody Men".
Thank you Suzanne Finch for taking and emailing me the photo. I panicked when I realised my phone had run out.
First ever OPEN MIC at Southport Fringe Writers at The Mount pub, May '15
This was scary and exciting, but I was in good company with fellow writers Cally Pepper, author of the Faebles trilogy and Becky Clementson from Southport Writers' Circle. We all read two pieces - mine were The Fridge and Elegy for Hypnos and no-one walked out! Southport Fringe Writers meet once a month at The Mount pub in Southport.
These are rubbish photos, which I can't downsize without chopping heads off, nevertheless I wanted to mark the occasion...