Paper + Wind

A Few Words on Writing with the Poetry Book Society

In July I was invited to share some writing and editing advice as part of the Poetry Book Society’s #Poetips video series. Intended to inspire and encourage those entering this year’s PBS/Mslexia Women’s Poetry Prizes (deadline 5pm, 16 September), #Poetips has featured poems and writing tips from a number of

The Art of Clowning

Mick Barnfather is a theatre director, actor and teacher with over 35 years of professional industry experience. He currently leads the first year theatre studies module at the National Centre for Circus Arts in London, and also offers a variety of independent performance-based workshops in subjects ranging from Bouffon and Comedic

Pleasure, Pain & Patriarchal Power: Could there be an elephant in the bedroom?

One of the books I’m reading at the moment is a collection of feminist essays titled Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism. Featuring 17 essays written by academics from across the globe, it’s the kind of book that you can dip in and out of and feel that you’ve

When the Muse Calls

Type the words ‘creativity’ and ‘advice’ into a search engine and it will come back to you with hundreds of articles, books, videos, and podcasts all offering practical tips on the best way to tap into your imaginative powers. These tips may range from developing a morning ritual for your craft and surrounding yourself

Stamp Duty

During a recent walk home from work I found myself feeling really excited stumbling upon a packet of unused stamps. Strangely, it was the same level of excitement that I’ve felt when I’ve found significant amounts of money in the street. Stamps are by no means expensive, of course, but

Author Interview: Matthew Plumb

Known as the ‘Tree Surgeon Poet,’ Matthew Plumb is an experienced forester and increasing presence on the UK poetry scene whose love and appreciation for the land he lives and works on continues to provide a steady flow of inspiration for his writing. Raised in the Black Mountains, he has

Why Universal Credit is a Universal Joke

When I relocated from London to Bristol earlier this year I wasn’t expecting to end up claiming benefits. With a bit of money in the bank, some festival work lined up, and several job applications underway, I genuinely believed that I would be able to support myself. Had my reasons

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