May 2, 2010 sarahjameswrites
It’s been a while since my last blog for a number of reasons, not least my latest addiction – renga. I’m not going to even attempt to sum up the form here but I have been taking part in the Full Bloom Renga online project at: http://www.orchardnetwork.org.uk/renga/ to create a collaborative poem to celebrate our orchard heritage and the unfurling of blossom across the country. The challenge consists of writing alternative two-line (11 syllables) and three-line (15 syllables) verses on a daily given theme. All the verses submitted are displayed and each day one is chosen for the main renga. It’s great fun and I’m finding it’s highly addictive.
Renga-ing aside, I’ve had a busy but good week, with all the endorsements in for my poetry collection Into the Yell . Poets/publishers/editors Catherine Smith, Angela France, Jacqui Rowe and Andrea Meredith have all been very generous and I can’t wait now to see how Kay at Circaidy Gregory incorporates it and finishes the collection back cover.
I now have a collection reading booked, with Oversteps poet Jenny Hope (‘Petrol Head’), for Worcester Festival on Wednesday, August 18 as well as launching the collection with a reading at Droitwich Music and Arts Festival on July 10. The poetry scene really seems to be buzzing generally in Worcestershire at the moment with another new open mic poetry and acoustic music event at Worcester Arts Workshop on June 11 and poetry evenings at the Stay Free Gallery in Stourport. So if you’re in the area and you love poetry, why not mark these dates and venues on your diary!
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