When I visit schools or perform at literary festivals, I am often asked if I have a set writing routine. I would love to be able to say yes, but unfortunately, I can't. I always envy writers who are disciplined enough to set and follow a routine. How many of you are writers, I wonder? I would love to know how you organise your writing time. At the start of the residency I promised to share a typical working week, so here goes.4 comments latest by phil what language By Valerie Bloom
As a jamaican born writer, I use both English and Jamaican Patois in my work. These are the two languages spoken in Jamaican. Like most bi-lingual writers, I had to make a decision early in my writing career. Do I write solely in Standard English in order to reach a wider audience or do I use my first language and accept that most people wouldn't spend the time or effort to try to understand what I'm saying?3 comments latest by Aina Paul Farley is our Poet in Residence next term By Valerie Bloom
Starting on 25th September, Paul Farley (co-judge of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Awards 2006) will be 'in residence' here on the Students Page, and there will be a prize for the most interesting comment posted during his residency.0 comments Performance Poetry By Valerie Bloom
Sorry about the silence. I've been having a few computer problems. I come from a culture where the art forms are closely intertwined; so a poem might incorporate music, dance,etc. There was more of a delineation here,I think, until fairly recently,especially when it comes to poetry. Nowadays though, poetry is more often performed than simply read.4 comments latest by John Fotheringham Poems that move By Valerie Bloom
It is hard to give a definition of poetry, as evidenced by the debate during John Mole's residency on the Archive, but it might be easier to pinpoint good poetry if we had an idea of what we expect from a good poem.7 comments latest by John Fotheringham favourite poets By Valerie Bloom
Hi. I spend a lot of time going into schools to give readings and run writing workshops and later on I will invite you join me for a week of school visits on this site. I enjoy the interaction with students and teachers and for me the visits are very rewarding. Unfortunately, when I was young we didn't have writers visiting our school, but there are a few writers I'd have loved to talk with face to face.9 comments latest by John Fotheringham
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