SF 2015


I was delighted to take part in this years Salisbury Fringe by writing two short monologues.  This was the first time I’ve tackled a monologue and I am planning on hosting monologue writing workshops in the future.

This project was a collaboration between three creative disciplines.  Writers, Actors, and Artists.  As such it is rather unique.  I was delighted to see and hear my words bought to life by a professional actor and these words were inspired by a rather lovely piece of artwork.

I am currently in correspondence with both the artist and actor, who were involved in this project and will also be getting in touch with the fringe.  I hope to get a positive reply and then be able to share some of their thoughts on this project along with pictures, links, facts and future projects like this.





Poetika is back at The Pheasant on the 1st September, with the theme, “A Stitch in Time,” I don’t know about you but I’m excited.  More links and details to follow and hopefully see you then.

Summer 2015

Summer is flying away and I’m already looking ahead to September and a new term.  This means exciting things happening at The Units, poetry workshop and work has already begun on our next project.

There seems to be lots of projects cropping up all over the place at the moment, it must be all this sunshine and rain.  The Salisbury Fringe is heading our way and I am currently working on two pieces of written work.  One a collaboration with artists that is to be read out at the Fisherton Mill as part of the fringe and another inspired by an object from the well worth a visit Salisbury Museum.  Both these pieces of work are going to be read out by professional actors, so I’m really looking forward to hearing their interpretations of all the participants words.

As well as this there have been a few posts for competitions flashed up on my Facebook wall, so I will share these with links at the bottom of this post.  One of which is a short story and flash fiction competion for Dragonfly tea, and there is also an enticing opportunity for a poet to become resident in the house Jack Kerouac stayed in whilst writing Dharma Bums.


I am currently in contact with Salisbury Library with the hope of bringing a workshop into the community and the library space.

Plain Arts Salisbury are delighted to announce that this years paint off is to be held in the guild hall square.  I am in contact with them to see if I can be one of many entertainers and poets that will be collaborating at this the sixth paint off event in Salisbury.

A photo from The Poetry Busk organised by Liz Lefoy at Wenlock Poetry Festival

A photo from The Poetry Busk organised by Liz Lefoy at Wenlock Poetry Festival

I’m glad to say I have finished my first ever poetry film which is due to be shown at Poetry Swindons Festival 2015.

It is with much excitement I look forward to October and the Poetry Swindon Festival, a highlight of my poetry year, I will once again be volunteering and every year I am shocked at how good the line up is.  Maybe I’l see you there.

Poetry Swindon Festival

Short Story Competition

Jack Kerouac Residency 

Plain Arts Salisbury Paint Off


Poetry Films

The first time poetry films were brought to my attention was when I attended a PoetryFilm event at the Swindon Festival of Poetry.

PoetryFilm was founded by Zata Banks in 2002 and after seeing a selection of films at the festival I was able to meet and chat to Zata and subsequently I was inspired to write and make a poetry film of my own.

The film is called Water, and is scheduled to be shown at Poetry Swindon (Swindon’s Festival of Poetry) 2015.

Here is a short clip from the film.

The Unit

We’ve done a lot of things at the poetry workshop this year at The Unit.  From exploring the senses, to our dreams, mythology and science, and mysterious objects.

It’s fantastic to observe and see how each participant is changing from workshop to workshop and how their poetry and artistic expression is changing too.

To begin with things were quite simple and structured, this was to help make the creative process comfortable and for the group to get used to sharing.

Very early on I came up with a make a poem template tool.  Which you can see from the picture below are a series of statements \ beginning sentences.



These were followed with a set of questions, such as name a flower, name a tree, what is your favorite time of year, pick one knives or forks.

During the exercise we all wrote down our answers to these questions, on separate pieces of paper, we then shuffled them, and marked each one with a number on the back.

Then we matched the number, with it’s corresponding sentence to fill in the blank.




This meant we each ended up with an individual poem each, such as

My heart is claustrophobic
As strong as sushi
My mind is Athena
As clever as night
I know all there is to know about Hedgehogs

My eyes are Autumn
As warm as Orchids
My soul is knives
As rich as starlings
I know all there is to know about muggle quidditch

I am turquoise
Unending like ash.

After this we explored adding to the sentences, and then discussed, whether we preferred the short one word answers to the sentences or the longer ones, and what it was about them we liked.

Our next exercise was to pick pieces of paper I had prepared from two different envelopes.

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We matched the words from the two different envelopes together randomly to get things like, “The beach of burnt toast.”

Then the group was invited to create a poem using the metaphors they had picked from the envelopes.

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This was our final exercise of the week and we ended by thinking about next week and everyone decided they would bring in a favorite poem to share.

Courtney reading her poem.


We look forward to what next year will bring for poetry at The Unit