Delighted to have the privilege of being the first featured poet for a new series on poetry & the sacred on the Abbey of the Arts website.
You know that thing about buses? – I’ve had poems in four anthologies, all within a few weeks of each other, this year: Scintilla 22 (an excellent journal that celebrates the natural world and a metaphysical perspective); Spring of the Muses (poetry and prose poems); The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry; and also in For the Silent, an anthology to raise money for the League Against Cruel Sports.
I’ve resolved my uncertainty about the Forest book I’ve been writing: it’s actually two, or maybe even three books. Big rewrite happening. (AND a potential publisher has approached me.)
Speaking of forests: the first Tongues in Trees course, according to the group page and the people I’m working with 1-to-1, is a success. There’s some very beautiful work coming in, and a great buzz of new intimacy with trees from the participants. Bookings being taken now for the 1-to-1 options for 2020.
There are a number of new one-day workshops happening, mostly in Devon, mainly outdoors, this year. In October we’ll be writing outdoors in East Devon; and on Sunday 10th November I’m leading an ecopoetry workshop for Exeter Literary Festival – https://www.exelitfest.com/Eco-poetry.html
The ISLANDS OF THE HEART retreats on the beautiful Isle of Iona: the retreats for 2020 are full but sometimes people have to pull out, so there’s a waiting list. There are three weeks in 2021, booking now.
My latest book A Trick of the Light – poems from Iona collects together between two covers the many poems I’ve written in my 18 years of leading annual retreats on the sacred Isle of Iona, and one or two from visits prior to that.
I’m really excited about this collection, as Iona is very close to my heart. You can read reviews and order the book on the above link.