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Home is Where the Poet Is

Home is Where the Poet Is

Yes, dear readers, I am home alone this weekend ... I have studied the film for advice on what to do in such a situation and I have constructed all manner of booby traps to ensnare and torture any intruders (except the cat from over the road).

So what should a poet do with this unexpected burst of silence in the house? I'm intending to write a poem about hone :)

Home is Where the Poem Is

If you're reading this on the day of posting, Sunday 8 July 2018, then you have precisely one week left; if you're catching up in the Wednesday reminder post, you have 4 days remaining and had best get your skates on (metaphorically speaking ... it is not a good idea to roller skate around the house, trust me .... especially with all those booby traps lying around!)

And what time is running out for is the entry deadline for the Ambit magazine poetry competition on the theme of home.

Home is Where the Heartache Is

The judge this year is Malika Booker. I'm doubling my chances of heartbreak at her hands because she is also the judge of the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition, in which I have one poem entered!

Malika Booker is a British poet and multi-disciplinary artist of Guyanese and Grenadian Parentage. Breadfruit (pamphlet), (flippedeye, 2007) was recommended by the Poetry Society and her poetry collection Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree Press, 2013) was longlisted for the OCM Bocas prize and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre prize for first full collection (2014). She is published with the Poets Sharon Olds and Warsan Shire in The Penguin Modern Poet Series 3:Your Family: Your Body (2017).

Malika has been the recipient of residencies from Millay Colony, Cove Park, The India International Centre and Kocevje through The Centre for Slovenian Literature. She is a Fellow of both The Complete Works and Cave Canem and was inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Malika has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths University, was the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Creative Writing at University of Leeds and is now an LHRI Fellow at that same university
(from the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition website)

I love Malika's poems; in them you really do get a feeling for the life they come from. How about this one, Clasp, read by her on YouTube. You can feel her heart breaking in those lines.

My Next Reading

In ten days time — Wednesday 18 July 2018, I am reading at Ye Olde Murenger House in Newport, South Wales. The address is 52-53 High Street, Newport NP20 1GA, and the phone number is 01633 263977. As far as I know it starts at 8pm. I will get it listed on my events page ASAP!

I'm reading with poet Gareth Writer-Davies who lives in Brecon. Poetry events at Ye Olde Murenger House cost £5 to attend, which goes towards the re-opening of the Stow Hill Library in Newport :)

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  1. I find roller skating can be particularly dangerous in my home given the presence of my guide dog who sprawls out in the most unexpected places! Best of luck with the poetry reading. Best – Kevin

  2. Giles Giles

    yes, animals can be hazardous! My cat, Bix, who I had in 2001 as a sighted owner, and who lived until 2014 when I’d been totally blind for 6 years, learned to quickly move under a table to let me pass py, after which he’d come abck out for a fuss … he was a smart cat was Mr Bix 🙂 He died in 2014, a few months short of his 18th birthday, which is a good age because he was a pedigree cat (a British Blue). Thanks for the good vibes for the poetry reading 🙂

  3. Here’s wishing you the best at the reading day after tomorrow. I know it will be a great experience, and people will be pleased with what they hear!

  4. Giles Giles

    thank you, Susan 🙂 xx

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