Category Archives: Poetry

Interesting Facts About The Sonnet by guest author Dr Oliver Teale

A short history of the sonnet form, with some fun facts about its development Writing an introduction to the sonnet throws out a number of questions, so in this post we will ask what might be considered the essential questions about the sonnet form, and provide some answers. Who invented the sonnet? What form does …

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Festival of Poetry: A Collection of Poetry

Festival of Poetry is a collection of poems by poets from around the UK. It was published by United Press in 2013. The poems were those winning and commended poems entered into a national competition. The competition attracted over 2,000 entries, with some submissions from new British poets. The winning poet was Sue Kauth from Somerset, England. Her …

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How To Get Your Book Into A Library by guest author Kevin Morris

I am fortunate to live within 10-15 minutes walking distance of Upper Norwood’s Joint Library, 41 Westow Hill, London, England, SE19 1TJ the oldest and, I believe the only independent institution of its kind. In search of ways to get my book, Dalliance: A Collection of Poetry and Prose into the hands of more readers I …

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Homeland: A Collection Of Poetry

I must first declare a personal interest: Homeland, published by United Press, is the first anthology that included a poem that I had written, and I was thrilled. The anthology, Homeland, was published following a UK national competition. The theme of the competition was to write a poem based on your local area. Entries were received from …

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The Nation’s Favourite Poems with Forward by Griff Rhys Jones

For the first time ever, the book of the month for my local book group was a book of poetry.  There is a poetry group in the village too, but this book was chosen for the book group, not the poetry group. There was some dissension in the ranks on this basis. I belong to …

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Love a poem by guest author Alison Beaumont

Hi Val, thank you for inviting me as a guest author on you site. I thought this little poem might be suitable for your blog.  We think of love as a feeling that we experience, but I see it as the energy that created and goes on creating this world we live in – when …

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Writing the poem Ripening by guest author Sheila Templeton

Thank you Val, for inviting me to write for your blog. In our discussion about what might be interesting for your readers, we came up with the idea that I might go through the steps of working on a poem. I’ve chosen my poem Ripening, because it won first prize in the McLellan Poetry Competition …

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Slow Road Home, Poems by Sheila Templeton

Those of you who are familiar with my reviews will know that Sheila Templeton is one of my favourite poets. I last heard her reading when she appeared with Michael Malone at Tidelines in the village. What a great combination! That evening I picked up a collection of Michael’s poems In The Raw, reviewed here https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/in-the-raw-by-michael-malone/ …

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In The Raw by Michael Malone

Originally, as a child, I loved poetry. The rhythm and rhymes and playing with words. However,like many people, poetry for me was ruined at High School. For years, I avoided it. It would not be too far from the truth to say I really despised this form of writing. Then I met my friend, Ruth. …

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Tender is the North by Sheila Templeton

Sheila Templeton is one of my favourite contemporary Scottish poets. She comes originally from Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Sheila always claims she had a nomadic childhood,travelling from Aberdeenshire to Dar-es-Salaam. She was educated at  Aberdeen Academy followed by a degree in History at Aberdeen University.  This led to a thirty year career in secondary teaching followed, based in West …

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