Rainforest Writing Retreat (RWR) 2021, Covid and The Garden Black

Later this week, I was booked in to fly to Queensland to attend the RWR Retreat 2021. RWR has become a bit like my ;in-person' writing family but I was unable to attend last year due to the Covid outbreak. This year, fingers were crossed, tickets booked and paid for and . . . My … Continue reading Rainforest Writing Retreat (RWR) 2021, Covid and The Garden Black

Day 6 of the WordCrafter Poetry Treasures blog tour – Annette Rochelle Aben

Annette Rochelle Aben was born writing!

Check out her love of writing and syllabic writing, in particular, over at Robbie Cheadle’s Roberta Writes blog for day 6 of the Poetry Treasures blog tour.

Highly recommended.

Today, I am delighted to welcome Annette Rochelle Aben, a wonderful poet and blogger, and a contributor to the Poetry Treasures anthology to Roberta Writes with a post about poetry.

Over to Annette

I’mAnnetteRochelleAbenand writing has been my go-to for creative expression, emotional release, and a way to boost my GPA since I was a child. I am thrilled to be a part ofPoetry Treasures.

When I first started writing poetry, I never knew much about it, except to know that (to me) a good poem HAD to rhyme. Gee whiz, have I ever been schooled through connecting with other writers and poets here in the blogsphere. One of my favorite poetry styles is calledSYLLABIC POETRY. And one of my favorite forms of said style is theABHANGA. AnABHANGAis a 4-line poem in which the first 3 lines contain 6 syllables each and…

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Poetry Treasures Blog Tour – Kevin at Tori’s

Tori Zigler blogs over at Blogspot at Zigler News. Click on the link to pop over to her site to meet and read Kevin Morris. Kevin is a well known blogger and author, who also has work included in the Poetry Treasures anthology. Kevin shares a poem from the anthology, and the inspiration behind it. … Continue reading Poetry Treasures Blog Tour – Kevin at Tori’s

WordCrafter Poetry Treasures blog tour – Day 2 featuring Victoria Zigler

Today I’m visiting Robbie Cheadle’s ‘Robbie’s Inspirations site where she is hosting Victoria Zigler, another of the wonderful authors in the Poetry Treasures anthology.

Victoria describes herself as a blind, vegan, children’s author and in her guest post tells of her relationship (sometimes creative) with insomnia.

Also sheep.

Check it out!

Robbie's inspiration

Poetry Treasures is an anthology of poems by a number of talented poets. Today I am thrilled to introduce poet and children’s author, Victoria Zigler, whose work features in this anthology.

I don’t do routines by Victoria Zigler

I’ve made that fact clear in several interviews where I’ve been asked what my writing routine looks like.

It’s not that I don’t want to, because I’d love to have a proper routine. The simple fact is, I can never make it stick, and it’s not even poor willpower, but issues with insomnia battling chronic fatigue, which means sometimes I go days where I’m lucky if I need all the fingers on one hand to count the hours of sleep I managed to get in those few days – regardless of how physically tired I might feel – while other times it’s the reverse, and it’s hours of wakefulness that are few…

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Poetry Treasures #BlogTour featuring @geofflepard @bakeandwrite

What an amazing effort!

The wonderful Ritu​ Bhathal has hosted Geoff Le Pard for the Poetry Treasures blog tour, and Geoff tells about tackling the three peaks in Britain, in less than a day!! Wow!

Check out hos story and poem. There is something amazing and inspirational about tackling such a great challenge, let alone in conquering it.

Bravo Geoff Le Pard​.

But I Smile Anyway...

I am so pleased to welcome my dear friend, Geoff Le Pard, or His Geoffleship, as he is affectionately known, to my blog, in a touring capacity, where he has featured in the latest book by Robbie Cheadle, and Kate Lynne Booth, Poetry Treasures.


A collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on Writing to be Read in 2020. Open the book and discover the poetry treasures of Sue Vincent, Geoff Le Pard, Frank Prem, Victoria (Tori) Zigler, Colleen M. Chesebro, K. Morris, Annette Rochelle Aben, Jude Kitya Itakali, and Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

Purchase links Poetry Treasures

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Poetry-Treasures-Sue-Vincent-ebook/dp/B0933KSJR9

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Poetry-Treasures-Sue-Vincent/dp/B093QLNGC5

Oh, and there is a lovely little giveaway that you could take part in, too…

Follow the tour and leave a comment at each stop for a chance to win one of three digital copies of 

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Poetry Treasures Blog Tour – an article and a reading.

Poetry Treasures Blog Tour - 27/05/2021 I know there have been some questions about blog tour links for Poetry Treasures. Sorry I can't answer them - I haven't had a chance to follow much up in the last little while. However . . . Teagan Geneviene is hosting the blog tour, today, and it just … Continue reading Poetry Treasures Blog Tour – an article and a reading.

Through The Looking Glass anthology

Through The Looking Glass has been released. It is an anthology of short stories and poetry from 158 contributors, exploring personal perspectives on #mentalillness and #psychiatry. I feel privileged to have some of my own work included in the book. Check it out! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=918959978955716&id=100025251675113

Book Review of Word Craft: Prose & Poetry: The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry @ColleenChesebro – M J Mallon YA Author and Poet

Marjorie Mallon​ reviews The Wordcraft Prose and Poetry anthology, which features syllabic poetic forms. This is a wonderful exploration assembled by Colleen Chesebro​, who is a great supporter of syllabic work and writing development. I recommend the book (and also have some of my own short-form work included). Check out the review. Get the book! … Continue reading Book Review of Word Craft: Prose & Poetry: The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry @ColleenChesebro – M J Mallon YA Author and Poet

Sheep On The Somme – copy in hand

A happy author - Sheep On The Somme in case laminate 21/05/2021 I've just received the case laminate 396 page version of Sheep On The Somme, and I'm a little blown away. How very amazing that a project I thought was likely doomed, just a few weeks ago, has become a real thing that I … Continue reading Sheep On The Somme – copy in hand