April 2012


You might like to check out the new website of The Poetry Business, just up and running yesterday. It has some very useful resources for poets, and the discussion forum may well develop into something really interesting for active poets.

See: http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/

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I’ve just received a request for poems for a book in aid of charity from someone I don’t know called Jessica Thornsby whom it seems from email exchanges is a very nice person (and clearly has good taste in poems because she likes some of mine). Here’s the message:

“I work for a Sheffield-based company, and we are currently putting together a book of poetry, illustrations and photographs to raise funds for the Cavendish Cancer Centre. We’ll be publishing it using http://www.lulu.com/ and 100% of the money raised will go to the charity. I was wondering if anyone from your writers group might be interested in submitting some work? It would be great if you could put us in touch with some people!
It would be great to hear from you, if this is something you’d be interested in helping us out with!”
If you want to contact her to submit, her email address is: jessica.thornsby[at]gmail.com (As usual, substituate ampersand for “[at]”).
I’m all in favour of efforts like this to raise funding or awareness through poetry, and I’d urge you to do the same.