It’s been said that a person needs three things in order to be happy: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. Since I’ve already blogged about love and work, I think it’s about time I wrote something about hope.
I am 11 years old when I first see my name in print. The poem is called My Dog and has been selected for inclusion in an anthology called Paws for Thought, published by Arrival Press in 1994. It is a collection of poems by dog owners about their beloved pets…
A couple of months ago, I blogged about the increasing number of companies using poetry in their advertising campaigns; since then, I’ve spotted more and more examples cropping up (once you see one, you start to see them everywhere!).
I recently shared a guest post by Leanne Moden about body image, and it got me thinking about my own feelings on the subject – specifically about how today’s teenagers are exposed to so many more unrealistic images of beauty than I had to deal with when I was growing up in the mid-nineties (i.e. when the internet and mobile phones were in their infancy and social media was just a twinkle in Mark Zuckerberg’s eye).
It’s often been said that in order to write, you first have to read – to consume the work of others, discover the type of writing you enjoy and develop your own distinctive style. For this reason, I collect poetry books; from petite pamphlets to heavy hardbacks, by poets past and present, I love them all and return to them again and again.
When I started this blog, my first post was about love and I had the foresight to name it “part one” because it was inevitable that I would write about this universal subject again – as I find myself doing today. The theme of this second post about love is how absence makes the heart grow fonder; an old adage which, in my experience, is absolutely true.
I’ve noticed that an increasing number of companies are using poetry to cut through the noise of TV advertising and capture viewers’ attention. It’s a smart move because one of the purposes of advertising is to make the target audience remember the product or service, and what could be more memorable than using a powerful spoken word piece instead of predictable promotional speak?
For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the human body. It’s such a weird and genuinely wonderful bit of apparatus – miraculous and unnerving in equal measure – and I’m constantly amazed by the things our bodies can do. If you’ve ever seen someone give birth, or watched a friend run a marathon, then you’ll understand exactly what I mean.
Looking for things to do in Manchester, the 26th UNESCO City of Literature? Venture off the beaten path and discover inspiration in unexpected places with Poetymology’s guide to street poetry, featuring original works by poets from Manchester and beyond.
I love travelling; what’s not to love about visiting different places, seeing the sights and experiencing new things? I can’t understand why some people choose to visit the same place year after year and spend most of their time on a sun lounger when there are so many other places in the world to explore. For me, travelling is about so much more than just getting some sun – it’s a way to immerse yourself in other cultures and broaden your mind.