How to Grow Your Own Poem

I mentioned Kate Clanchy’s book, How to Grow Your Own Poem, in the last post. It needs proper attention as it is a good collection of poems and thoughtful guidelines for ‘growing poems’. Kate Clanchy is a poet and teacher whose work with students in an Oxford comprehensive school is widely known. One of the many … Continue reading How to Grow Your Own Poem

I am from

Many years ago, I found George Ella Lyons’ poem, ‘Where I’m From’ in a collection of American poets’ advice for young writers. It  provides a welcoming frame for our own writing. It begins like this: I am from clothespins, From Clorox and carbon tetra-chloride, I am from the dirt under the back porch, (Black, glistening, it … Continue reading I am from

The Travelling Bookbinder

We’d like to introduce you to The Travelling Bookbinder. Rachel Hazell is an imaginative and generous bookbinder, teacher and lover of papery, wordy things. Her book, Bound, is a beautiful collection of book-making projects. They are all easily manageable. Each book form suggests different ideas for writing and art work.  The Travelling Bookbinder has a regular … Continue reading The Travelling Bookbinder