Having just returned from a few days on Dartmoor and missing my home county, it was so welcoming to find the new issue of Dawntreader, 040, on the doorstep, from its Devon based publishers, pleading to be opened. A rich selection of poems to be dipped into, many of which will take me back to countryside's treats, from, in DT's editor's words, 'the autumnal forest'. I'm thrilled that one of my own poems jostles amongst them. 'When we walk', followed a mid Devon walk earlier in the year mulling over the locality's landscape's mysterious past.
Thank-you so much to Dawntreader's Editor, Dawn Bauling.
I was thrilled to have a poem selected by Rosie Jackson for the Poetry Space Autumn Showcase, 2017. The poem is 'Lost in Galloway'.
'Human presence is almost irrelevant in this lyrical evocation of a world of geese, squirrels, kites, does, natural beauty. That the poet literally takes bearings from them and not from any map is an original touch, leading to the brilliant seemingly casual throw-away last line. And I loved the memorable ‘wheeling black scripts left by Barnacle geese scrolling their skies.’
That poem happened during a trip to Galloway, sparked by a conjunction of splendiferous scenery and the freeing message of Rebecca Solnit's FieldGuide to Getting Lost, (which I'd read on the train).
Thanks so much to Rosie and Sue Sims, Editor of Poetry Space.
Allegro Poetry Magazine accepted two poems; they appeared in Issue 14, September 2017. They are 'Mrs Danton's Corner Garden' and 'Just the Way Things Are'. 'Just the Way Things Are' was written after a visit to the location of author E.M. Delafield's once home, 'Croyle, near Kentisbeare, in Devon.
Thanks so much to Allegro's Editor, Sally Long.
I'm so pleased that the editors of Algebra of Owls selected my poem
'It was when it was when it was'. It appeared online at Algebra of Owls.
The poem came after a time of grief for my parents. It more or less appeared unbidden during and after a visit back to our once home, at Cheldon, in Devon.
Thanks so much Algebra of Owls editors.
At Cheldon, in mid Devon.
Photo Julie Sampson
A slightly different version of the poem first appeared on GreatWorksOnline.
Another Online Poem appeared on the webzine Ink Sweat & Tears.
This one is titled 'As we climbed the slope'. See at Ink Sweat & Tears. The poem began after a trip down in Devon in early spring looking for graves and memorials of ancestors, with a serendipitious discovery of a cluster of graves of direct great great great grandparents. (Any avid genealogist reading this may be interested in Finding Sites the Older Ways, my inter-related family history blog).
Thank-you so much to Helen Ivory, Editor of Ink Sweat & Tears.
Path up to Okehampton Church.
Photo Julie Sampson
Blog in May
In the spring of 1916 the poet H.D. stayed in north Devon for several months. Her collection Sea Garden was published whilst she was in the county. I wrote a short celebratory sequence called South West's Sea-Thyme, which appears in the latest issue of Shearsman 111/112
Two poems, 'I have Forgotten' and 'Homage' appear in the latest issue of The Dawntreader (038).
Thanks so much to Dawn Bauling, Editor of The Dawntreader
Charles Lugg's Cystal-Tree,1769 appears in The Journal#50
Thanks very much to Sam Smith, editor of The Journal.
A couple of poems titled Room and Evensong are included in the unique little journal of the short poem, Noon 13
I'm very grateful to Philip Rowland, Editor of Noon, for accepting my work.
Do have a look at Down the Devon roads to Dunkeswell a blog piece about women writers with Devon links.
A poem titled Caernarfon has been published in Poetry Space Summer Showcase
with lovely comments by Guest Editor, Susan Castillo Street:
This poem evokes remembered love so well. I particularly liked the short lines and Laurentian rhythms, which convey physical urgency, and the images of exploding fireworks and rainbow colours (rockets, Catherine-wheels) which evoke bedazzlement. Sexy and tender'.
Thanks very much Susan and to Sue Sims, of Poetry Space.
Am delighted that a selection of my work is published in Sarasvati, 41. Available from Indigo Dreams
I very much appreciate and thank Ronnie Goodyear and Dawn Bauling for accepting my work.
Poem Centenary published in Lost Things; A collection of poems from all over the world edited by Emma Kendall Lea, Reading Room Cafe Project Publishing.
The poem Isis is a Stone is included in latest March issue of The Dawntreader (Indigo Dreams Publishing).
Pleased to have two poems Julia's Seascape and Sixty-Five selected by Editor Susan Sims, published in the Spring edition of Poetry Space The editor commented that:
In Julia’s Seascape, the poet explores her loss of self with a light touch ,,, and finally to end with, a poem that delights both in the magic of words and celebrates a coming of age. (Sixty Five)
Thanks so much Sue.
February; Devon; Celebration; 10 Women Writers and Devon
See Scrapblog a Writer from the South-West, for a new blog piece celebrating 10 Devon linked women writers.
Photo: Old School House, Martinhoe, where H.D. stayed in early 1916.
The poem 'Lilies' appears in the new edition of the The Lake contemporary poetry webzine.
My poem 'Somewhere' is included in the new poetry collection, Fanfare, (Second Light Publications, 2015, eds. Wendy French and Dilys Wood). The book can be obtained at the Second Light shop.
See a new blog piece, about E.M.Delafield's early novels, which were written in Exeter -
Northernhay Gardens, Exeter, where Delafield wrote her first novels.
I'm thrilled to find that my non-fiction manuscript Voices from the Wildridge; Women Writers in the Devon Landscape has been shortlisted for Impress Prize for New Writers.
I'm very pleased that Wendy French and Dilys Wood, editors of the forthcoming poetry collection Fanfare (Second Light publications) have selected my poem 'Somewhere' for inclusion in the book.
I was delighted that my poem 'Incipient (for Jamie)' won 3rd Prize. Another poem 'Mother's Mirrors', was commended.
Photo: Julie Sampson reading poem 'Incipient', at Tacchi-Morris, Taunton.
I'm so pleased that Guest Editor of Poetry Space Summer Showcase, 2015, Mandy Pannett, selected one of my poems to appear in the issue. 'Return to Cheldon' was first drafted after I returned to that church following a gap of many years. Mandy commented:
‘Return to Cheldon’ is a lyrical and imagist poem, beautifully crafted in sound and structure. This was on my list of choices from the beginning ...'
Photo of Cheldon Church, Devon, taken during 1960s.
Erbacce press selected a cluster of poems for their long-short-list 2015.
The poem For those who say there are no more poems, is published online by Agenda poetry.
Two poems, Room for Folk and I can hear paper ripping, are published by The Lake poetry online.
January - February 2014
Since the publication of my poetry collection Tessitura by Shearsman Books I have enjoyed a successful book launch at The Creative Innovation Centre in Taunton. Friends and family came along, braved the seasonal weather, chatted, skimmed the book, sipped a glass of wine and listened to me reading.
I was asked by two radio stations to come in and have a quick chat about my book and research into Devon's women writers. One was with Darren Daley from Tone FM-listen here, community radio in Taunton.
Then, on 28th January Luch Caise-Dearg of Exeter's Phonic FM asked me to contribute to the morning programme Mighty Book and then the following week to Classical Journey. I was able to read work from my book and discuss some of my research with Luch; link below.
Between these two events I shared the Guest Poet Spot at Uncut Poets, Phoenix Arts Centre in Exeter with Alwyn Marriage.
Exeter University Alumni did a little write-up about my work in their current newsletter.
So, all in all, a busy, noisy month for a normally retreating writerly poet
The University of Exeter included a piece - 'Lost female writers inspire poetry collection' - about Tessitura, in Alumni News -