Times of Trouble – Poetry Can Help

I have this one poem that took me three whole years to write. I started it as a note on my phone, when I was waiting, drunk and maudlin, for the last train to take me back to Didcot. For the next few years, every time I felt especially low, I’d open up the file … Continue reading Times of Trouble – Poetry Can Help

Conditions Under Which I Will Happily Work For Free – an Exhaustive List

If you want to book a poet to perform at your night, you need to pay them from £50 for a newer, local poet, up to several hundred for an established name.  There comes a point where poetry isn’t just a quirky hobby, it’s a job, and jobs need payment. You know this, though. Of … Continue reading Conditions Under Which I Will Happily Work For Free – an Exhaustive List

10 Thoughts You Have 10 Minutes Before Going On Stage

Wait. Do I need a wee? No, shhhh, it’s just nerves, you’re fine. This is terrifying. What if I forget all my words? What if I don’t forget my words, but it turns out all my words are terrible and everyone hates it and they hate me and I will have failed forever? This is … Continue reading 10 Thoughts You Have 10 Minutes Before Going On Stage