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Derry is the UK City of Culture for 2013. Dear poets, how can you be involved in the festivities? More info— http://t.co/dScWx5hb

Derry is the UK City of Culture for 2013. Dear poets, how can you be involved in the festivities? More info— http://t.co/dScWx5hb
Jan 4

RT @NotesbyLucy: All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Buddha

RT @NotesbyLucy: All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Buddha
Jan 3

Photo: Mark Mahaney – Photographer http://t.co/PQc7f6eW

Photo: Mark Mahaney - Photographer http://t.co/PQc7f6eW
Jan 3

"Her voice is one of an observer and experiencer of the ‘othering’ of such women" K-G Anderson on ‘Karma’s Footsteps’ – http://t.co/y11CBgcR

"Her voice is one of an observer and experiencer of the ‘othering’ of such women" K-G Anderson on 'Karma's Footsteps' - http://t.co/y11CBgcR
Jan 3

RT @WetBlackBough: "In this belonging’s nothing but / the wind, the wild / Atlantic. / Salt rain blinds the skin." Gillian Allnutt (Ligh …

RT @WetBlackBough: "In this belonging's nothing but / the wind, the wild / Atlantic. / Salt rain blinds the skin." Gillian Allnutt (Ligh ...
Jan 3

First miscellaneous post of 2012, sponsored by @rachelrosereid, Sara and @UMZ45, @WeWereEvergreen and fireworks… http://t.co/fO6hYxC4

First miscellaneous post of 2012, sponsored by @rachelrosereid, Sara and @UMZ45, @WeWereEvergreen and fireworks... http://t.co/fO6hYxC4
Jan 3

So how did YOU spend your New Year’s Eve? ;) http://t.co/3EnZqoWr

So how did YOU spend your New Year's Eve? ;) http://t.co/3EnZqoWr
Jan 2

Happy 2012, dear readers! How did you observe the turn of the…



Happy 2012, dear readers! How did you observe the turn of the year? The christmas/festive thing was a bit up and down for me, but New Year’s Eve turned out to be one of the better celebrations I can remember for various reasons, including the following: 

- Rachel Rose Reid’s Poetry Library Takeover, which featured an impeccably curated lineup. Anthony AnaxagorouNia Barge, DizraeliKatrice HorsleyAdam KammerlingFemi MartinStephanie Dogfoot and yours truly joined forces for a veritable feast of poetry, flash fiction and storytelling. Outstanding way to kick off proceedings in the company of fellow wordsmiths. Hats off to Rachel— she knows how to put on a party. Personal bonus: who was called upon, iPhone in hand, to do a stint as honorary DJ type person to warm up the “everybody take your seats” part of the evening? Yeah, that’s right… 

- Sara and Umar. You know who you are if you’re reading this, and you rule. See you at a gig sometime soon. Might not have my own line of stationary or t-shirts by then, but we’ll figure something out… 

- Although I’d been booked to perform at a NYE gig in the Poetry Library on the Southbank, I had no idea of what was happening in the rest of the building. D’oh! I walked straight out of the Poetry Library into a set from We Were Evergreen (recommended, if you’re not already familiar) and somehow managed to miss Fiona Bevan

- Location, location. Prime position for NYE Southbank fireworks, sans wet weather and crowds. Score. 

All in all, a memorable night. May the year continue in such a rewarding vein… 

[Oh, and before I’m chastised: photo credit - Danielle Shaw. Ta much.]

Jan 2

Photo: Wish you were here. Via Weather of the Body, who seems to have stopped posting on Tumbler a few… http://t.co/eOrmSsAz

Photo: Wish you were here. Via Weather of the Body, who seems to have stopped posting on Tumbler a few... http://t.co/eOrmSsAz
Jan 2

…and we’re back. Almost. Had to step out of the room for most of Xmas. New Year’s Eve was a blast (more on that later). HNY to you all!

...and we're back. Almost. Had to step out of the room for most of Xmas. New Year's Eve was a blast (more on that later). HNY to you all!
Jan 2

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2011-12-25)

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2011-12-25):
  1. Boards of Canada (46)
  2. The Cinematic Orchestra (17)
  3. Abimaro & The Free (11)
  4. 4hero (8)
  5. The Mattson 2 (7)

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Dec 27

Merry Christmas one and all, for those of you celebrating. Otherwise, best wishes for the festive season.

Merry Christmas one and all, for those of you celebrating. Otherwise, best wishes for the festive season.
Dec 25

RT @flippedeye: Long-awaited @warsan_shire pamphlet just arrived @jsamlarose – it will be available properly from nxt wk. Way to start 2 …

RT @flippedeye: Long-awaited @warsan_shire pamphlet just arrived @jsamlarose - it will be available properly from nxt wk. Way to start 2 ...
Dec 23

So much is fortune, and being prepared to make the best of what fortune presents…

So much is fortune, and being prepared to make the best of what fortune presents...
Dec 22

2012 challenge to self: use the iPad to push creative output even further… Poly™ on Vimeo http://t.co/wi3jN60T

2012 challenge to self: use the iPad to push creative output even further... Poly™ on Vimeo http://t.co/wi3jN60T
Dec 22

Hm. The British Council’s directory of writers has been redesigned? Nice. When did that happen? http://t.co/qVfDan0R

Hm. The British Council's directory of writers has been redesigned? Nice. When did that happen? http://t.co/qVfDan0R
Dec 21

"Some things you know all your life. They are so simple and true they must be said without elegance,…" http://t.co/RrKxwiUm

"Some things you know all your life. They are so simple and true they must be said without elegance,..." http://t.co/RrKxwiUm
Dec 21

"Some things you know all your life. They are so simple and true they must be said without elegance,…"

“Some things
you know all your life. They are so simple and true
they must be said without elegance, meter and rhyme,
they must be laid on the table beside the salt shaker,
the glass of water, the absence of light gathering
in the shadows of picture frames, they must be
naked and alone, they must stand for themselves.”

- Philip Levine, “The Simple Truth”
Dec 21

New to the Barbican Poets this year, Faye Lipson features in the Morning Star with her poem ‘The Absence of Fathers’ http://t.co/Bzjv4T1f

New to the Barbican Poets this year, Faye Lipson features in the Morning Star with her poem 'The Absence of Fathers' http://t.co/Bzjv4T1f
Dec 21

Not busy with Xmas shopping tonight? Words Rhymes and Creekside Times – Spoken Word, featuring Nadia K (Barbican Poets) http://t.co/HlDX3ack

Not busy with Xmas shopping tonight? Words Rhymes and Creekside Times - Spoken Word, featuring Nadia K (Barbican Poets) http://t.co/HlDX3ack
Dec 21