New and Old Friends – Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival Day 3

Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival

This years festival has been outstanding! I have been privileged to hear some great authors share stories about their latest releases and writing in general. Some are “old friends” (authors I have read previously to the festival), some are “newly discovered friends”.   Thank  you Sulari Gentill, Sara Foster (and hello to Sara’s charming parents), Dr Liz Byrski, Rosemary SayerBernice Barry, Ann Turner, Madelaine Dickie, Josh Langley, Ian Andrew (always a delight to meet a fellow blogger who just happens to be a best selling crime fiction writer)  What generous people you all are!  Sadly I could not attend every session or the External/parallel events… so much talent so little time 🙂


I will wind up my spotlight on the festival with a few images from day 3.


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Short Story Panel


Michael Cathcart interviews Ann Turner

Michael Cathcart interviews Ann Turner





Post Script – Faber and Faber Poetry Diary 2016 – Faber and Faber

Cover Faber and Faber Poetry Diary

Faber & Faber Poetry Diary 2016: Dark Blue


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The Faber Poetry Diary for 2016 is a week-to-view diary offering poetry lovers a different poem or illustration to enjoy for each week of the year.

The Faber poetry list, originally founded in the 1920s, was shaped by the taste of T. S. Eliot who was its guiding light for nearly forty years. Since the sixties, each passing decade has seen the list grow with the addition of poets who were arguably the finest of their generation. In recent years the creation of the Poet to Poet series has further broadened the scope of Faber poetry by including the work of great poets from the past selected and introduced by the contemporary poets they have inspired.

Simon Armitage * W.H. Auden * John Berryman * John Betjeman * Thomas Campion * John Clare * Wendy Cope * Hart Crane * Daljit Nagra * Emily Dickinson * Lawrence Durrell * Dylan Thomas * T.S. Eliot * Mark Ford * Matthew Francis * Lavinia Greenlaw * David Harsent * Seamus Heaney * Robert Herrick * Ted Hughes * John Donne * Emma Jones * John Keats * Nick Laird * Philip Larkin * Dorothy Molloy * Andrew Motion * Edwin Muir * Paul Muldoon * Alice Oswald * Don Paterson * Sylvia Plath * Ezra Pound * Christopher Reid * Jo Shapcott * Percy Bysshe Shelley * Stevie Smith * Edward Thomas * Derek Walcott * W.B. Yeats *



My View:

This is the perfect gift for the poet, writer or reader in your life!


There is more to this diary then the very useful and practical hardcover diary, seven days to a page, aspect of this book – it is a beautiful compilation of poetry from the past and present. It is a joy to hold and to read. My personal favourites (and there are many) but I have tried to limit them to five for the purpose of this review:


Because I Liked You – A E Houseman


Modern Love – Douglas Dunn


The Flower That Smiles Today – Percy Bysshe Shelley


The Naming Of Cats – T S Eliot


Changes – Michael Hofmann


A perfect gift – though I am having second thoughts about  actually giving this one away 🙂






Poetry to fall in love with, part 4

More moving beautiful words on paper

Skull and Crosstales

Today I thought I’d share with you some of the works of Marisa Crane. She’s another poet I found via Instagram, and while her work is pretty varied, I love that she has a lot of bite-site pieces – they couldn’t be more perfect for the medium. There’s something magical about seeing beautiful words each time you scroll through your feed; so if you like what you see here why not give her a follow.

Marisa has a book, 3AM Heartbreak Material (which I’ve already ordered and can’t wait to get my hands on!) and you can get any of these, and many other pieces, from her Etsy shop.

Enjoy x


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This one is for the sensitive souls

Sensitive souls – we love you

Skull and Crosstales

Skull and Crosstales bunny ears

This one is for the sensitive souls
The girls who wear their bruises on their lips
The women who grasp the burden of feeling too much (and loving more)
The broken hearts that will never fully heal.

This, right here, is for the ones whose eyes’ lament the smallest cruelties
Who fight for justice in a hundred small ways
Who feel both the weight of the world
And its unbearable lightness.

This is for the ones whose hearts are broken by careless comments
And the ones who spend too much time reading between the lines
For the girls and the grown women who do take it to heart
And who will always wonder why.

This is for the sweetest of sweethearts
Who give and give and go out of their way
The ones who understand the language of the waves, the wind
And welcome the silence the darkness brings


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She smiles because…

Smile smile smile

Skull and Crosstales


…she can still dance

…when she goes at sleep at night a dog fits himself into her arms

…her friends smile when they see her and it lights up her life

…she knows she is strong, even when she stumbles

…there is music in the world


…she feels young and free, wild at heart

…because she has a whole lifetime still left to live

…there are so many books with amazing stories still waiting to be discovered

…even though her heart was broken she still believes in love

…she won’t give up

…she knows she’s got this

…it feels DAMN GOOD to smile!

**This post was written in response to MJ Valentine’s 40 Ways to get happy right now – thanks for the prompt MJ!

Tell me, what makes you smile? 

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