Happy Poetry New Year!!! 2017!

Happy New Year and I hope this blog finds you all enjoying the festive season :)

2017 is going to be an EPIC year :)

So what are my poetry plans?

Well as always there are the poetry writing drives – there are four I shall be undertaking this year.

Month of Poetry – which was started years ago now by a fellow twitterer, it is set in January and I am not sure if any body else still does it but I find it is always a great start to the year. The beginning of the year is generally when I actually write most of my poetry. So the idea is that you write a poem a day for the month. I tend to go with something more along the lines of… I will spend an hour a day working on poetry stuff!

The second in February there is World Poetry Writing Month or WoPo this is actually my own project and I put up writing prompts for others, similar idea to the Month of Poetry – it is a poem a day writing drive to help those who might have found themselves a bit stuck or unsure of a direction to take their work in. There is also a Facebook page.

Thirdly there is National Poetry Writing Month which is an american based poem a day challenge set in April. I often take this one to advance my children’s poetry or work on illustrated and visual poetry stuff.

The forth is a writing kickstarter course run by Sharon Larkin of the Cheltenham Poetry Society and will hopefully see me writing poetry all year round rather than all bunched up at the beginning like normal :)

Other than that there are exciting things happening in my home town (technically a city but it’s tiny!). Gloucester has found poetry and is giving it wings – there is now a Gloucester Poetry Society and several open mics and possibly even a festival!!! So that is all very very exciting :)

There are more plans – they include getting more zines out there and maybe sort out some of the poetry collections. Submitting poetry which I always forget to do! And last but not least I have several new poetry workshop ideas and crafts which I want to develop and get out there at festivals and events.

Then there is Love: A Stranger Dream my non-linear visual poem in the form of a colouring book. It will be having it’s first birthday which I am hoping to celebrate :)

The Cheltenham Poetry festival is gearing up to be awesome once again and I hope to take part in more slams this year.

So yeah I think it is going to be a pretty poetic year!!!

2017 is also a prime year as in 2017 is a prime number so I may do some special maths based poetry just for the lols 😀

Posted: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 @ 3:46 pm
Categories: WoPoWriMo, Workshops/Courses, Writing Challenges.
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