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The book launch event was fantastic and incredibly well attended. The pace of poetry was relentless (40 readers in 2 hours!) and my own performance went well I'm told (I have not yet felt brave enough to watch the video [ profile] pushkin666 oh so thoughtfully took...). I was so happy to have friends there to enjoy the evening with me, so heartfelt thanks to [ profile] pushkin666, [ profile] moth2fic, [ profile] fledge and [ profile] trialia for attending, and for [ profile] margaret_r for being there in the spirit :)

There is a review of the event here at Write Out Loud if you want to read about it more.

And of course, the book itself is now out for sale.

You can buy it directly from the publisher's website, for a measly £9.99 (free P&P within UK!) The variety and quality of the poems is seriously impressive so I can recommend the book without a reservation.


I am in a bit of a slump at the moment when it comes to poetry writing. The thesis seems to be sapping all my creativity at the moment, which I'm not pleased about. Hopefully a change of scenery will work and the upcoming three weeks in Finland will provide some inspiration.

Date: 2011-12-10 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
YOU ARE AWESOME. And poetry comes and goes, with me at least. Don't worry. <3 I'm sure that Finland will provoke some poetry out of you.

Date: 2011-12-10 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I try :D I have ideas for both fic and poetry but putting them to words is a struggle, plus I just feel mentally exhausted a lot of the time... whine whine.

Date: 2011-12-11 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know how you feel. When your brain's under pressure most of the time, it's just really hard to get the words out.

Something I've been trying for the past week is Morning Pages: writing around 3 (handwritten) pages in my diary every morning, just anything that comes to mind when I've just got up and am not coherent at all. Getting some sort of word-flow started immediately seems to be a pretty good thing, even though the stuff I write in the diary is obvs not anyhow deep or well-written. But it's words.

Perhaps you can try out something similar in the future? <3

Date: 2011-12-10 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Any chance we can get a copy of the video eventually? Fledge missed out because she was too busy taking photos, Marg would like to see the event and I'd just like to re-live it!

*seconds opinion that the collection is impressive*

Date: 2011-12-10 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
erm, I can email the vid to people who wanted it but don't think i can necessarily bear to post it here... of course i have to try to stomach watching it myself first...

Date: 2011-12-10 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Emailing will do nicely, though as you performed in public in the first place I'm not altogether sure what the problem is!! *g* You looked and sounded lovely and I think your f'list would enjoy the feeling of 'being there'.

Date: 2011-12-11 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The problem is that I can perform fine, I just prefer not to watch myself doing it. It's like if someone made me listen to my own lecture... *cringe*

Date: 2011-12-11 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, I want to see the video:) and I'm looking forward to getting the book - which will hopefully be there when I get back from Brisbane, thanks to Moth:) I'm sure the Christmas break will bring back your inspiration!

Date: 2011-12-11 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I shall email you the video as I don't want to post it here. And yes signed book heading your way, thanks to Moth :)

Fingers crossed for Christmas inspiration.


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