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Spring Poetry Festival in Grignan, Provence, France

After 2 hours discussing the local event for the French Spring Poetry Festival  in Grignan with two lovely French ladies and an American friend, I think this is what’s happening 🙂 I’ve accidentally suggested the theme for the whole festival, which will be ‘les chèvres’; goats and goat cheese 🙂 The lovely ladies liked my…
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Hallelujah for 50ft Women

The first review of the poetry anthology ‘Hallelujah for 50ft Women’ actually quotes from my poem – quite a compliment given the big names in the book. Spot the quote, Jean Gill fans!

Hahlelujah for 50ft Women

Just got my pre-publication copy of the Raving Beauties poetry anthology featuring one of my poems – alongside some very big names! Carol Ann Duffy, Menna Elfyn, Grace Nichols, Sujata Bhatt, E.J.Scovell, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Sally Read, Selima Hill, Anna Swir, Frances Kay… and me 🙂 First impressions? Powerful, surprising, inevitably some gritty swearing and…
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The politics of lipstick

It’s very moving for someone who’s a writer AND a photographer to see such high quality writing, from so many writers, in response to one of my photos. I created the image in response to a brief from a book publisher, wanting objects that represented sisters, who were different, and when I looked around at…
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An Ambition Realised…

What a great way to continue 2015, with the fantastic news that one of my poems will be published by the great Bloodaxe Books. In their words: Bloodaxe Books has revolutionised poetry publishing in Britain over the past 35 years. Internationally renowned for quality in literature and excellence in book design, our authors and books…
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Writing Resources: Dos and Don’ts for Leading Poetry Workshops

What follows are a quick set of rules for anyone considering leading a poetry workshop. These rules are not complicated, and they can apply to writers of any age from 1-120.   Do Read and talk about different types of poems Talk about the pattern of a poem Talk about lines and verses Join in…
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