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 that I’m reading at the moment is a collection of essays titled Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism, which I highly recommend to anyone interested in contemporary feminist issues. Featuring 17 short essays written by academics from across the globe, it’s the kind of book

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

Author Interview: Matthew Plumb

Known as the ‘Tree Surgeon Poet,’ Matthew Plumb is an experienced forester and increasing presence on the UK poetry scene who’s 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

To Binge, or Not to Binge?

Like many British millennials, the best part of my teenage years were spent in dingy bedrooms and sweaty nightclubs listening to music that my parents didn’t understand and drinking as much cheap alcohol as I could lay my hands on. From the age of 14 right up until I started university in my mid-twenties, most weekends and even some

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