Category Archives: Poetry

‘A Receipt for a Novel’, by Mary Alcock

I enjoy celebrating women’s voices on World Poetry Day, as they are so often forgotten. A few years ago I recorded Aemelia’ Lanyer’s fiery ‘Eve’s Apology’; this time, I’m going for something a bit more lighthearted. ‘A Receipt for a … Continue reading

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I wrote a poem today

Sacrifice I went to tea with my heroes today, Eagerly awaiting what they would say. Lucy the Brave and Susan the fair – Daenerys, Khaleesi Unburnt, was there. Susan to the Khaleesi said: “Your brother, I hear you burnt his … Continue reading

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Eve’s Apology: A Reading for International Poetry Day

It’s International Poetry Day! What better day to celebrate the poetry of one of the women I celebrated on International Women’s Day? Aemelia Lanyer – first female poet to be published in the English language. Click below for a reading … Continue reading

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A question about poetry…

I’ve learnt a lot about fiction publishing, over the years, but not so much poetry. I was runner-up for the Berkshire Poetry Prize a teenager, but that’s about it. I write poetry so infrequently that I only rarely think about … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day: Inspiring Women #2 – Aemelia Lanyer

Aemilia Lanyer (1569–1645): Poet My second inspirational woman is Aemelia Lanyer (also called Emilia Lanier), 17th Century poet and first woman to be published as a poet in the English language. (Yeah, we’ve jumped a few thousand years, this is … Continue reading

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Sometimes I want to be like ‘GUYS – make a logo-link-awesome-thing for people to use on their blogs when they promote and/or review you without worrying that you might feel they’re stealing your art’, but then I realised I don’t … Continue reading

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Old Poetry

Some of you will have read my hilariously bad teenage fiction, The Legend of Catherine of Gawthwate – I’ll be the first to hold up my hand and say I’ve written some real tripe in the past. Especially the poetry. … Continue reading

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Meditations on death

Spoiler Warning: some spoilers for The Dark Tower vols 1&2, Buffy, Season 6, and Fool’s Fate. I have tried to be restrained, but some things were unavoidable. ‘Good, all right, I’ll drown, he thought, listening to the roar of the … Continue reading

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Poetry in Fantasy

So, this is a divisive thing. I’ve heard a lot of complaints about random poetical interludes in fantasy writings. The use in fantasy is no surprise, really. Much early fiction we know about was poetical. That’s how you got your … Continue reading

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