Creative Writing CV

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COMPETITIONS (see also anthologies)

Silica shortlisted in the Kudos March/April competition;
The Semper Augustus won second prize in annual writelink.co.uk Spring Fever poetry contest in April 2010;
Van Gogh’s Other Mistress shortlisted in the 2010 Huddersfield Literary Festival ‘less is more’ poetry competition in March 2010;
Unsubmerged and Blinded shortlisted in The Plough Prize 2009 open category announced in February 2010;
The Coldest Winter for More Than a Decade and The Bridesmaids of Port-au-Prince made the second longlist in The Plough Prize 2009 short poems category announced in February 2010;
Sunlight Swam In and Skinny Dipping were both commended in the Havant Literary Festival 2009 poetry competition in September 2009;
After His Funeral won second place in writelink ‘Good Companions’ poetry contest in July 2009;
Nugget was highly commended in the Northampton Literature Groups open poetry competition in June 2009;
Letters won a mention (shortlisted) in the Northampton Literature Groups open poetry competition in June 2009;
In Search of a Medic shortlisted in Templar Poetry 2009 Pamphlet and Collection Competition in June 2009;
Morning Collage (15 line version) won second prize and Last Spring is commended in annual writelink.co.uk Spring Fever poetry competition in April 2009;
Shiver gained special mention in writelink.co.uk pits and crpyts horror poem contest in February 2009;
DelugeMorning CollageThe Rain in Rouen all made the second longlist in The Plough Prize 2008 short poems category announced in February 2009;
Cold Fingers made the first longlist in The Plough Prize 2008 short poems category anounced in February 2009;
Runner-up in Writers Bureau Writer of the Year competition in January 2009;
Geography, Year Two was awarded a Merit in the 2008 Nottingham Open Poetry Competition in October 2008;
Pissenlit:Preparing My Eulogy was awarded a Merit in the 2008 Nottingham Open Poetry Competition in October 2008;
Soundscape gained Honorable Mention in Orbis’s Readers’ Award 143, announced summer 2008;
Summer Heat shortlisted in the writelink.co.uk Summertime poetry competition in August 2008;
My Mother’s Compact shortlisted (in the top 10) in the Earlyworks’ open poetry competition in June 2008;
Cumulus won first prize (and publication) in the writelink.co.uk Spring Fever photo poetry competition in April 2008;
Tree Surgeon won third prize (and publication) in the writelink.co.uk Spring Fever photo poetry competition in April 2008;
Sunlight Swam In highly commended in the writelink.co.uk Spring Fever photo poetry competition in April 2008;
Mandy Jones is Singing won second prize (and published on the website) in the Earlyworks web poetry competition in November 2007;
Left for right won the writelink.co.uk folding mirror poetry contest in September 2007;
Daffodil Trail commended in the Leaf Books spring 2007 poetry competition in September 2007;
Shrine highly commended in the writelink.co.uk Battle of the Bards 24-hour poetry competition in August 2007;
Tulips highly commended in the writelink.co.uk Spring Fever poetry competition in April 2007;
Petal commended in the writelink.co.uk Spring Fever poetry competition in April 2007;
Daisy Chain won the writelink.co.uk All You Need Is Love contest in March 2007;
The Way You Moved given an “honorable mention” in the writelink.co.uk All You Need Is Love contest in March 2007;
No Time commended in the writelink.co.uk Battle of the Bards 24-hour poetry competition in August 2006;
I used to like football won the writelink.co.uk Football Crazy poetry contest in July 2006;
December Days won the writelink.co.uk Yule Sing Me One Song contest for a Christmas poem to be set to music by judge Ade Smith. This was recorded by him and made available for download from the writelink site in December 2005;
Sunflower shortlisted in the writelink.co.uk New World in the Morning contest in October 2005;
Out of Hibernation shortlisted in the writelink.co.uk Spring Fever poetry competition in April 2005;
This Morning shortlisted in the Oxfam UK Poetry Competition 2004 and included in the anthology Poems for a better future in hard form and on the web at http://www.nthposition.com (September 2004);
Summer Heat commended in the writelink.co.uk Battle of the Bards 24-hour poetry competition in August 2004;
Waiting shortlisted in the writelink.co.uk Battle of the Bards 24-hour poetry competition in August 2004;
Crocus highly commended in the writelink.co.uk Spring Fever poetry competition in March 2004;
The adult winner of Burton Ottakar’s Poetry Competition in October 1999 with A Modern-Day Dinner Conversation;

COLLECTIONS

Pamphlet poetry collection Conceptionpublished in October 2005;

SMALL PRESSES (see also competitions)

6am at the Pool published in the new writer issue 100, January/February 2010;
On the Mantelpiece sequence published in the Writelinkers magazine Winter 2009;
The Rain in Rouen published in The French Literary Review Issue No 12 October 2009;
Thunder published in monthly poetry resources slot (paid-for) on http://www.writelink.co.uk on 1st June 2009;
Cold Kills published in The Pages, issue 5, March/April 2009;
Geography, Year Two and Pissenlit:Preparing My Eulogy published in Poetry Nottingham 62/3 in Autumn/Winter 2008;
Storm BrewingNext to the TurkeyNew Year’s Resolutions for the Twenty-First CenturyNewborn andNew Year’s Eve published in The Pages, issue 3, November/December 2008;
Farther published in the new writer issue 93, November/December 2008;
Tock-tick published in the new writer, issue 92, September/October 2008;
Absences published in the new writer issue 92, September/October 2008;
From God to his doubtful disciples published in monthly poetry resources slot (paid-for) on http://www.writelink.co.uk on 27th August 2008;
Housework published in monthly poetry resources slot (paid-for) on http://www.writelink.co.uk on 19th May 2008;
Soundscape published in Orbis No. 143 Spring 2008;
My Perfect Lover published in monthly poetry resources slot (paid-for) on http://www.writelink.co.uk on 25th January 2008;
I am not published in the new writer issue 87, November/December 2007;
Through the kitchen window published in the new writer issue 87, November/December 2007;
Bitter Pill published in the new writer issue 86, September/October 2007;
Afterbirth published in the new writer issue 84, May/June 2007;
Planning a Holiday published in raw edge magazine (new writing in the West Midlands) number 24 [spring>summer 2007];
Summer Heat published in the new writer issue 78, May/June 2006;
Inside Out published in raw edge magazine (new writing in the West Midlands) number 22 [spring>summer 2006];
Crocus published in the new writer issue 77, March/April 2006;
The swimming race published in the new writer May/June 2005;
The Sofa published in raw edge magazine (new writing in the West Midlands magazine) number 19 [autumn>winter 2004/05];
Dandelion Clock published as September 2004 poem on http://www.writelink.co.uk.
Tulips published as June 2004 poem on http://www.writelink.co.uk ;

ANTHOLOGIES (see also competitions)

Prognosis and The Silence of Painting published in Stripe, the Templar Poetry competition anthology 2009;
Mandy Jones is Singing and My Mother’s Compact published in Earlyworks Press’s anthology Misfit Mirror in October 2008;
Daffodil Trail published in Leaf Books’ Ukraine and Other Poems in November 2007;
Migration published in Birmingham Words pamphlet Ornithology in December 2006;
Night Terrors and Tree House published in My Mother Threw Knives, a Second Light Publications anthology of poems by up-and-coming women poets, in June 2006;
Russian Doll published in anthology selected from entries in Univeristy of Birmingham’s Centre for Lifelong Learning’s diploma literary competition 2003;
The Red Wine Stain published in anthology selected from entries in Univeristy of Birmingham’s Centre for Lifelong Learning’s diploma literary competition 2002;
One Day published in Aspects of Life , an anthology of winning entries in a poetry competition to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Cancer Research Wales in 1998;

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

Colwall Orchard Group renga – verses 8 and 14 in May 2010.

Orchard Network Full Bloom renga – verses chosen for online renga days 5,7 and 9 in May 2010;

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Caved published on Folding Mirror blog on 27 September, 2009;
Mistress Clover published as part of Sarah’s guest post on Folding Mirror blog on 22 May, 2009;
Bookworms published as part of Sarah’s guest post on Folding Mirror blog on 29 April, 2009;
Morning Collage published in Worcester Evening News on Wednesday, April 22, 2009;
Fireworkspublished as part of Sarah’s guest post on Folding mirror blog on 9 April, 2009;
Through the Kitchen Window published as part of Sarah’s guest post on Folding Mirror blog at http://fmpoetry.wordpress.com/ on 3 April, 2009;
Left for right published as part of Sarah’s guest post on Folding Mirror blog at http://fmpoetry.wordpress.com/ on 27 March, 2009;
Bagging Up selected by Kate Clanchy for her Guardian online poetry workshop and published on Guardian online in August 2008;
Slivers selected for Matthew Francis’s Guardian online poetry workshop and published on Guardian online in May 2008;
Dandelion Clock (two stanzas) published as the August entry in the Writers’ Dock calendar for 2008;
Salt of the Earth published in a Droitwich Spa Salt Day salt stories booklet in September 2006;
The middle stanza of Dandelion Clock printed on wrappers around the front of 12,000 copies of Agfa’s 2004 annual report;
Inspirationpublished in Worcester Evening News on November 29, 2004;
What’s in a name? published in Worcester and Droitwich NCT newsletter (Small Talk) in autumn 2004;
The Rocking Chair published in Worcester and Droitwich NCT newsletter (Small Talk) in summer 2004. Also printed/to be printed in NCT newletters for Salisbury and South Wilts; Taunton and District;
Bathtime published in Bromsgrove National Childbirth Trust (NCT) newsletter in spring 2004. Also printed/to be printed in NCT newsletters for Basingstoke; Welwyn Garden City and District (Twiglet); Southend on Sea (summer 2004);
No one warned me published in Worcester and Droitwich NCT newsletter (Small Talk) in spring 2004. Also printed/to be printed in NCT newsletters for Richmond; Reigate, Redhill and Horley; Chertsey, Addlestone and District; Hinckley, Nuneaton and District (Sept – Nov 2004); Cotswold South;
Mummy marvels… published in Bromsgrove NCT newsletter in winter 2003. Also printed/to be printed in NCT newsletters for Birmingham West; Derby and District; Welwyn Garden City and District (Twiglet); Chertsey, Addlestone and District; Colchester and District; East Grinstead; Hull and District;
Mother-to-be published in Bromsgrove NCT newsletter in autumn 2003. Also printed/to be printed in NCT newsletters for Petersfield and Liss; Stafford Chase and District; Welwyn Garden City and District (Twiglet); Selby (Selby Scamps); Byfleet and District;

SHORT STORIES

Magic Touch runner up in writelink.co.uk Changelings flash fiction contest in January 2008;
A Fish Out of Water runner up in writelink.co.uk Wet, Wet, Wet flash fiction contest in August 2007;
Colours shortlisted in writelink.co.uk Early One Morning literary prose contest in August 2006;
Monday published in Legend Press short story anthology The Remarkable Everyday in October 2005;
The Other Grandma published in Yours Fiction Special Summer 2005;
Catching Snowflakes shortlisted in the Scribble ‘winter tale’ short story competition 2004 and published in Scribble number 25 in spring 2005;
The Last Cupwon Third Prize (and publication) in the Observer Standard Newspapers’ (Warwick Words festival) One Page Wonder (300 word short story) competition in September 2004.
The Perfect Present published in Yours Fiction Winter 2004;
A Stitch in Time published in The People’s Friend on 25 May, 2002, under the title “I’ll Do It Myself!”

READINGS/PRESENTATIONS OF MY WORK

A Christmas Smile used as the opening poem for St Peter’s CEVA First School family Christmas services in December 2009;

A 10-minute slot as part of a Stripe anthology poets’ reading at the Derwent Poetry Festival on 21 November, 2009;

Lead Droitwich parish reading group discussion of The Remarkable Everyday anthology, including her short story Monday, on Wednesday, May 13, 2009;
A 15-minute poetry reading and 15-minute short story reading for Droitwich Salt Day in September 2008;
A 20-minute poetry reading for Droitwich Salt Day in September 2007;
Writelink.co.uk Writer of the Month for May 2007;
A 30-minute reading of seasonal poetry and short stories for Droitwich Christmas Lights Switch-On in December 2006;
A 30-minute poetry reading for Droitwich Salt Day in September 2006;

ADJUDICATION

Adjudicator for writelink’s ‘generations’ poetry contest in April 2010;
Adjudicator for writelink’s ‘write angles’ poetry contest in June 2008;

WORKSHOPS

Ran poetry workshops for year 1 and year 2 pupils at St Peter’s C.E.V.A. First School, Droitwich, from January 2010 onwards;

Ran a storytelling session at Droitwich’s Santa’s Grotto on December 5, 2009;

Ran short story and poetry workshops for children at Droitwich’s annual Salt Day festival in September 2009;

Ran poetry workshops for reception to year 4 pupils at St Peter’s C.E.V.A. First School, Droitwich, from February – July 2009;

RESIDENCIES

Poet in Residence for the day at Worcester Oxfam Bookshop on National Poetry Day, October 8, 2009;

OTHER WRITING ROLES

The Poetry Society stanza rep for Worcester and Droitwich from July 2009;
Writelink’s poetry forum topic leader from June 2008;

TELEVISION WRITING

Finding Mr Right? used on main screen at http://www.yourkindatv.com on May 31, 2007;
Virtual Morality used on main screen/daily show at http://www.yourkindatv.com on June 14, 2007;
Litterbug used on main screen/daily show at http://www.yourkindatv.com on June 20, 2007;
Men and PMT used on main screen/daily show at http://www.yourkindatv.com on June 27, 2007;

OTHER WRITING

A Write Heroic Role account and poetic journal of national poetry day as poet in residence at Worcester Oxfam Bookshop published in the Writelinker magazine Winter 2009;
Bovine Brothels was a runner-up in the writelink Classic Rejections competition in October 2007;
Gratitude Ode won first prize, Life! was highly commended and Immaculate Conception shortlisted in the writelink reviewing the situation competition in June 2007;

CREATIVE WRITING COURSES

Birmingham University Certificate of Higher Education (Creative Writing) awarded in September 2003;
Writers News poetry writing course and extension course June 2002 to June 2004;
Writers News short story writing course May 2000 to August 2001;

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