I've had a wonderful time giving poetry/graphic poetry workshops to local primary school children over the last couple of weeks.
Preparing materials was fun. Happy, jealous, sad, philosophical, and jolly
sorry were some of the feels I incorporated. And the kids all took part enthusiastically. Every single one of them created a brilliant poem.
Here are some of the results:
"I want to write a poem about when mountains are penguins."
"I want to write a poem about when the beach is like a sleeping dog."
"I want to write a poem about when snow is a white rabbit."
Seeing the pride on a child's face as they read a poem they have created is such a marvel, the only way to describe it would be to write or draw a poem, and maybe I'll do do that. In the meantime, I'll enjoy looking at this display put up by some of the children. Well done, kids!
It was a bit much, I thought, for Emily Brontë to steal all the thunder
on my birthday -- something I would have associated with Charlotte --
but ne' mind, pre-orders are open now for The Blue Hour Press Anthology
#4, in which I am very happy to have a poem that I wrote about my daily journey to Haworth, during my research trip last year: https://www.etsy.com/shop/bluehourpress … Many thanks to Editors, Moriah, Susan, and Heather! Suck eggs, Emily.
"This was the inaugural year for this prize and we received 182
applications. We congratulate you on achieving the longlist for this
prize. The selectors commented that: ‘the selection revealed an
extraordinary diversity of writing and an enviable depth of talent. It
was a difficult process to arrive at our shortlist of three novels.’"
This photograph was taken on the return from my research trip to Haworth.
I'm grateful to Moriah LaChapell, Susan Sweetland Garay, and Heather Minette, editors of The Blue Hour Press, for including my poem "I Would Love to See a Fox While I am Here" in their forthcoming anthology.
I'm over the rainbow to have made The Emma Press Poetry and Prose Pamphlets longlist - it means so much to me, it took me a day to pluck up the courage to read the email notification! Too exciting for words. Thank you all The Emma Press Team!
to have a flash in with Mere Taito, Hinewirangi Kohu Morgan, Iona
Winter and other glorious talents - thanks a mil to Teoti Jardine,
Vaugahn Rapatahana and team FF - looking forward to reading everyone's
It's almost a year since I worked on the illustrations for First fox, the debut fiction collection by Auckland writer Leanne Radojkovich, so it was a smashing surprise today to see Iona Winter has reviewed it in Landfall:
"Radojkovich shows us things that are not often spoken of aloud, and I
admire the way she illuminates the social, cultural and political in First Fox [...]"
"Stunning black and white illustrations by Rachel J. Fenton support the writing and lend another dimension to the tales."
It's a grand review, not least because it's so unusual for a reviewer to read* the illos with the text - but the benefits of doing so are clear from Iona's review. Many thanks to her, and to Landfall.