Spotlight on SYSWC Member - Alba
Conversations with Kate - Poet on the Podcast - Part 1
Tell us a bit about you
I am Alba Jover and I am a Spanish nurse living in the United Kingdom. I am currently working in Watford, but apart from being a little freak of nursing, I enjoy so much everything related to human expression. I am concretely more into abstract art but I enjoy everything that makes me feel something.
Inside an Instapoetry workshop
Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of having an online conversation with language teacher Kate about languages, cultures, immersion, poetry and creative expression for her podcast, handily entitled Conversations with Kate!
It was a mixture of nerves and excitement for me, not least because I read a poem in French to celebrate the forthcoming World Poetry Day on Thursday 21st March 2019.
Instapoetry Workshop in London on Sunday 3rd March 2019
It was my pleasure to lead a poetry workshop on Sunday 3rd March at Newham Poetry House as part of the Newham Word Festival.
We looked at the what, who and how of Instatpoetry - more clearly: what Instapoetry is, who some of the Instapoets are and how to become an Instapoet yourself.
The Rise of InstaPoetry and What's In It For You
Newham Poetry House
This coming weekend and the following, Newham Poetry House will run four days of poetry workshops, readings, performances, open mic, spoken mic, and probably music, too. This project was commissioned by Newham Word Festival to take place in Stratford, east London, and is a local initiative to inspire poetry reading and writing.
Spotlight on SYSWC Member - Shayna
The Rise of Instapoetry
When I think of InstaPoetry I think of it as the cross-section of technology and creative expression. We have found, over time, that technology has made our (I mean anyone younger than me!) attention span shorter, which leads us wanting smaller, shorter, more direct pieces of information. I see instapoets as simply a product of their of their environment, doing what comes naturally, connecting directly to their audience, in the only way they know how, hence their popularity.
Overcoming Loneliness in Writing
First, thank you Shayna for agreeing to be interviewed!
The purpose is to provide you with an opportunity to share your story with confidence and to inspire others to pursue their creative passions. Let’s go!
Mixed Voices - Being Part of a Local Poetry Anthology
A Lonely Story
We all have a job. Maybe we have two or more. And we all like to write. It doesn’t seem like these two should be in conflict - but often they are. With maximum time given to working to pay the bills, and minimum time given to being creative and expressing ourselves in a truly satisfying way.
Leading a Poetry Session - Collaborative Poems
Being a regular member of my local poetry group, Newham Poetry Group (well, maybe not that local…I travel a bit to get there, and maybe I should investigate if there is something close!) meant I was invited to be part of their second Poetry Anthology. What an honour!
Short Story – Again
On Monday 29th October 2018 I led my first poetry session for Newham Poetry Group who meet weekly at Stratford Library in east London.
I ran with the idea of collaborative poems encouraging small group work through word association, big issues and discussion.
I also mixed in drawing in there, too, to help create original, yet collaborative pieces.
The Power of Blogging
It’s just you and me now.
I boomerang the words towards the bright blue sky, and they fall back down like a golden shower onto baby’s crown. We have been together, on and off, for 2 years. And the intense devotion I feel for her is reciprocated through gurgles and giggles and trusting eye winks.
Book Review – Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
There are a myriad of ways blogging can help improve your writing.
But don’t just take my word for it! Read on to find out what’s in it for you.
Short Story – Silver Fox
And welcome to the second book review for this new website which focuses on reading, writing and positive thinking to help you write and share your own stories with confidence.
Creative Writing Challenge – February 2018
Fox is not as wily as he once was. His eyesight is deteriorating. He is in bad health. Bipolar often sees him living at the extremes of his emotions, unaware of what he is doing. Upon seeing a homeless person begging on the side of the street recently, he immediately made paw-shapes with his hands, bringing them up to his chest, wanting so much to help. Then he promptly took off all his clothes and gave them to the man whose mouth seemed to freeze in an “o” shape. A round belly is quite an unexpected sight in the middle of winter. High on philanthropy, Fox remained oblivious to the approaching sirens.
Facing Fear in Writing
Each month we are experimenting with different forms of being creative. And this time we were inspired by Julia Cameron’s The Artist Way.
Book Review - On Writing by Stephen King
What fears do we face when we write?
Two main anxieties come to mind:
Getting started. Writing the first words down on a page.
Once (finally) finished: what other people will think of our writing.
How to overcome the fears we face when writing?
And welcome to the first blog post for this new website which focuses on reading, writing and positive thinking to help you write and share your own stories with confidence.