Finding poetry in unexpected places

In 2018, poetry seems to be ubiquitous; it’s shared daily on social media, featured in prime-time TV adverts, plastered on tube posters and spoken on stages large and small. But when I was growing up (just before the proliferation of the internet), poetry was mainly found in books and the occasional film or TV programme – and, of course, in my own imagination…

Putting myself out there

Poetry is a deeply personal endeavour, so I have to admit that it’s nerve-racking for me to share my poems for the first time. Although I know that it’s understandable to feel nervous when putting something so personal out into the world, I still feel anxious when I think about people reading (and judging) my poetry…