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Drop in by Barbara Cumbers

Thank you, Nigel, for this invitation. It’s hard to know what to say, or which poem to choose out of a long sequence of poems about Shetland. I was on the islands for several weeks in the summers of several years both as a geologist and on holiday, and then for a whole month inContinue reading “Drop in by Barbara Cumbers”

Drop in by Julie Anne Gilligan

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming fellow member of the Poetry Society of the Open University, Julie Anne Gilligan, to reflect on her new collection Time Matters (Dempsey and Windle, 2022). The poems in Time Matters are a mixture of memoir, vignette and reflection. There are various subjects and poetic forms: villanelles, pantoums, mirror,Continue reading “Drop in by Julie Anne Gilligan”

Drop in by Giovanna MacKenna

Today I have the absolute pleasure on inviting Giovanna MacKenna to reflect on her stunning debut collection How the Heart Can Falter (The Museum of Loss and Renewal Publishing, 2022). Thank you for the invitation, Nigel. What author can resist an opportunity to talk about their book?! I’m delighted to be given this space toContinue reading “Drop in by Giovanna MacKenna”

Drop in by Anne McMaster

This week I have the pleasure of welcoming Anne McMaster to reflect on her hymn to rural life, Walking Off the Land. Nigel, thank you so much for welcoming me to this forum, and for giving me the chance to talk about Walking Off the Land, my debut collection of poetry. It was published onContinue reading “Drop in by Anne McMaster”

Drop in by Andy Breckenridge

Today I have the great pleasure of welcoming Andy Breckenridge to reflect on his inventive and vibrant pamphlet, The Liquid Air (Hybriddreich, 2021) I am very grateful indeed to Nigel for this opportunity to drop in and write about a poem from my pamphlet The Liquid Air. It was one of six chosen for publicationContinue reading “Drop in by Andy Breckenridge”

Drop in by Julie McNeill

Today I’m delighted to welcome talented poet, Julie McNeill, to reflect upon a poem from her debut chapbook, Ragged Rainbows (Hybriddreich, 2021) Thank you so much to Nigel for inviting me to drop in to talk about my debut pamphlet, Ragged Rainbows. I’m imagining we are chatting about the poems with a hot cuppa inContinue reading “Drop in by Julie McNeill”

Drop in by Pratibha Castle

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, so I’m doubly delighted to say that this week’s drop in is by Pratibha Castle to reflect on her impressive debut collection, A Triptych of Birds & A Few Loose Feathers. This poem, which first appeared on One Hand Clapping a couple of years back,Continue reading “Drop in by Pratibha Castle”

Drop in by Raine Geoghegan

I’m incredibly thankful to Nigel Kent for inviting me to write about a poem from my new collection, The Talking Stick: O Pookering Kosh which is due out this spring with Salmon Poetry Press, an Irish/International publisher. This collection contains poems, monologues, haibun and songs, mostly based on my Romany family. I have been workingContinue reading “Drop in by Raine Geoghegan”

Drop in by Ellie Rees

Today I welcome fellow Swansea University alumnus, Ellie Rees, to reflect upon a poem from her fabulous new collection Ticking (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2022). The poems contained in Ticking were written in response to separate stimuli; what linked them in my imagination as I wrote was my desire to capture the spirit of a place,Continue reading “Drop in by Ellie Rees”

Drop in by Kate Boston-Williams

Today’s drop in is by another poet from the Dreich stable, Kate Boston-Williams, reflecting on a poem from her debut collection, Snake Skins. Welcome Kate. Thank you Nigel for showing an interest in my first collection of poems “Snake Skins” and for inviting me to share my processes and inspirations for one particular poem. It’sContinue reading “Drop in by Kate Boston-Williams”