Saturday, 23 June 2018

Now Then - Word Life 55 and Sara


 Issue 55 of Now Then Manchester has arrived. As usual, I curated Word Life and this month I chose the theme of "Nature". My poem "Sara" features, as well as work by Caitlin Johnson, Peter Burrows, Ann Christine Tabaka and Joan McNerney. 

 There are also listings for all kinds of literary events in and around Manchester. 

 I hope you enjoy June's issue.

 Liz x

Friday, 22 June 2018

The Poetry Business New Poets Prize


 It is lovely and very encouraging to learn that I was shortlisted for The Poetry Business's 2017/18 New Poets Prize. I look forward to entering more competitions in the future.

 Congratulations to the winners!

 Liz x

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Students' Union Awards 2018


 You may remember my article "What I learnt from starting a literary journal", which I wrote for The Mancunion. In it, I tell the story of how I founded and developed Foxglove Journal, and I encourage readers to follow their own dreams.

 I am very happy that the article was shortlisted for Best Article, in the Media Awards section of the 2018 Students' Union Awards.

 I was also shortlisted for Best Placard in the Communities Awards section, with the placard I made for the Reclaim the Night march. You can see its two sides above. It sadly disappeared after the march - if you have any idea where it could be, please let me know.

 Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted or a winner at the Awards. For me this was a great way to celebrate my six years of studying at the University of Manchester, writing for The Mancunion and taking part in community projects.

 Thanks to everyone who has supported my writing, art and other creative missions. I am very excited to see what the future will hold.

 Liz x

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Irisi - Four poems


 I'm happy to announce that four of my poems - "How you arrived", "Scattered", "Portrait" and "Lucy" - have been published in Irisi. The photo of palm trees is also mine, and was taken in Vigo

 I hope you enjoy my work.

 Liz x

Now Then - Word Life 54 and Oranges


 May's issue of Now Then Manchester is here, and I enjoyed curating the Word Life section. This month I chose the theme of "Friendship".

 My poem "Oranges" features, along with pieces from Kristi Rose, Hannah Downs, Glen Sorestad, Nasima Begum, Abigail Elizabeth Ottley, Jake Ormrod, Karen Dennison, Paul Waring and Kersten Christianson.

 There are also listings for literary events and workshops around Manchester. If you live in the area perhaps you will find one you like, or something new to try.

 I hope you enjoy Issue 54.

 Liz x

Monday, 14 May 2018

The Cardiff Review - Before breakfast


 I am very happy that my poem "Before breakfast" has been chosen for publication in The Cardiff Review. It will be in the Spring 2018 issue, which is also their first Queer Issue and is now available to pre-order.

 I hope you enjoy it.

 Liz x

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

News - March and April 2018


 March and April were slightly surreal months this year, starting very cold and ending very warm. In Manchester we seemed to switch overnight from snow and ice to sun and blossoms.

 I worked hard towards my degree and celebrated my twenty-fourth birthday and Earth Day. I tried new baking and film clubs, enjoyed the LGBT Foundation's Sugar and Spice Festival, and I feel I grew a lot. I also saw some writing milestones and achievements.

 I performed at Verbose, a monthly spoken word night in Manchester, and read some of my poems at the Women on Top event at the LGBT Foundation. My poem "Soap" was featured in Open Mind Manchester's Mind Full of Art exhibition and anthology.

 I won Second Prize in Manchester Global Health Society's 2018 Global Health Poetry Competition, and read my poem, "Perpignan sestina", at the awards ceremony. My article "What I learnt from starting a literary journal" was nominated for the Mancunion's Article of the Year.

 I took part in my second residential at Highgreen Arts in Northumberland, part of my prize for being chosen as a New North Poet at the 2017 Northern Writers' Awards. I was mentored by Clare Pollard and did a workshop with Antony Dunn, and overall, it was a lovely weekend.

 I reviewed Niall Horan at the 02 Apollo for The Mancunion and Peter Bognanni's novel Things I'm Seeing Without You for Cuckoo Review. I continue to curate Word Life: March's issue had the theme of "Hope" and April's the theme of "Travel", with the latter featuring my poem "In Cambridge".

 My flash piece "Maybe/Things to work on" was published in Visual Verse, and I had a poem accepted by the beautiful hand-stitched journal Coast to Coast to Coast. I reached 100,000 page views on my travel blog, Neither here nor there.

 With summer on its way, hopefully there are even more exciting times to come.

 Thanks for reading.

 Liz x

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Mind Full of Art


 I was very happy to have my poem "Soap" chosen for inclusion in Open Mind Manchester's Mind Full of Art project. The poem was featured in an exhibition on mental health and wellbeing at the University of Manchester, as well as in the Mind Full of Art anthology.

 Our mental health is so important, and all too often in today's society it is neglected. Helping to raise awareness about it was an honour.

 Liz x

Friday, 4 May 2018

The Open Mouse - Urania


 My poem "Urania" has been published at The Open Mouse. It was inspired by my visit to Lyon while I was living in Avignon.

 I hope you enjoy it.

 Liz x

Second Highgreen Arts residential


 As a winner of the New North Poets Prize at last year's Northern Writers' Awards, I was invited to take part in two residentials at Highgreen Arts, in rural Northumberland. The first residential was in September; the second was last week. I had a really enjoyable and memorable time there.

 Highgreen is an elegant and comfy old manor house. The five New North Poets and our mentor, Clare Pollard, spent many an hour sitting around the fire doing writing activities and discussing and reading poetry. We also had a full-day workshop with the poet Antony Dunn, which was very useful.

 I walked a lot, and found the local nature calming and inspiring. We enjoyed delicious veggie food and divine desserts - apple crumble, chocolate brownie, poached pear. We had lightning one night, which in the total darkness of the countryside was very dramatic. I would later write a poem about it.

 Overall, it was a lovely weekend in great company. I hope to do more residentials in the future.

 Liz x

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Visual Verse - Maybe/Things to work on


 My flash fiction piece "Maybe" has been published by Visual Verse. This month writers were challenged to respond to the above image by Anthony Intraversato. 

 As there is another piece named "Maybe" on the site, for IT purposes mine was re-titled as "Things to work on".

 I hope you enjoy my writing.

 Liz x

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Global Health Poetry Competition


The Top Three: Me, Toreh O'Garro and Anna Nelson

 I took part in this year's Global Health Poetry Competition, run by Manchester Global Health Society.

 I was delighted to be told that I was in the Top Ten, and invited to read my poem "Perpignan sestina" - inspired by my time living in France - at the awards ceremony at Chapter One Books in the Northern Quarter.

 I was then even more delighted to be told I had won Second Prize. I am so happy that the judges - Dr Sarah Collins, Enam Haque and Joy France - enjoyed my poem, and the ceremony was lovely. I heard some amazing poetry.

 The winning poems will be released in an e-book soon, so watch this space! Overall, this was a really nice and fun thing to happen in the middle of all of my university work and deadlines. I'm very glad I entered the competition.

 Liz x

Friday, 27 April 2018

Verbose - Coming of Age


 I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to read a set of my poems at Verbose, a wonderful spoken word night at the Fallow Cafe in Manchester. 

 The theme of the evening was "Coming of Age" and it was intriguing hearing how each performer put their on spin on it. My poems were all inspired by travel, as I feel my time living, working and studying in France and Spain was a coming-of-age for me.

 I look forward to reading at more spoken word events in Manchester and beyond.

 Liz x

Monday, 9 April 2018

Now Then - Word Life 53 and In Cambridge


 Issue 53 of Now Then Manchester is here, and as always I enjoyed putting together the Word Life section. This month we have listings for a wide range of events in Manchester, from spoken word to theatre to comedy.

 We also have a diverse set of poems on the theme of "Travel", from Ray Ball, Peter Burrows, Lisa Reily, Glen Sorestad and John Grey. My own villanelle "In Cambridge", which was first published in Picaroon Poetry, also appears.

 I hope you enjoy this month's Word Life.

 Liz x

Thursday, 5 April 2018

The Mancunion - Niall Horan


 My review of ex-One Directioner Niall Horan's folksy and uplifting gig at the O2 Apollo has been published in The Mancunion.

 I hope you enjoy it.

 Liz x

Saturday, 31 March 2018

100,000 travel blog views!


 I am delighted to have reached 100,000 page views on my travel blog, Neither Here Nor There: Liz's Travels. Thank you so much to everyone who has shared my journeys through France, Spain, Monaco, Italy and Portugal.

 Here's to many more adventures.

 Liz x

Women on Top at the LGBT Foundation


 I was very happy and honoured to be chosen to take part in the Women on Top night at the LGBT Foundation in Manchester, part of the Sugar and Spice weekend celebrating International Women's Day.

 I enjoyed reading a selection of my poems and got some lovely feedback. Seeing the other acts - poets, comedians and musicians - was also wonderful. Overall, it was a great night and I hope to continue sharing my poetry through readings.

 Liz x

Friday, 30 March 2018

Now Then - Word Life 52


 March's issue of Now Then Manchester is here, and as always I really enjoyed curating the Word Life page. This month's theme is "Hope" and I received some beautiful and powerful creative writing submissions. I am very happy with the set I chose.

 We have poetry from Nasim Asl, Abigail Elizabeth Ottley, Hannah Downs, Ken Allan Dronsfield, Ann Christine Tabaka, Carl Boon, John Michael Flynn, Ray Ball and Peter Burrows, and short fiction from Sandra Arnold, Joan McNerney and Samuel Bigglesworth.

 There are also the usual listings for a wide range of literary events in Manchester.

 I hope you enjoy Issue 52.

 Liz x

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Things I'm Seeing Without You


 My review of Peter Bognanni's Things I'm Seeing Without You has been published by Cuckoo Review.

 I hope you enjoy learning about this unusual and enjoyable Young Adult novel.

 Liz x

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

News - January and February 2018


 So far for me 2018 has been incredibly busy. I've been working towards finishing my degree and my dissertation, training for my first 10 kilometre run and, of course, writing poetry and stories. I have seen some major milestones, which I am looking forward to sharing with you now.

 In January I went to London to take part in a poetry reading with the other four New North Poets. We read at the Poetry Society's Poetry Café, alongside our mentor, Clare Pollard, and Caroline Bird. Caroline is one of my favourite poets and this was a huge honour, especially when she remembered and referenced specific details of my poems when talking to me later. 

 We attended the TS Eliot Prize Readings and mingled with poets and publishers afterwards. It was great to speak to Andrew McMillan again and to see many other famous faces. We also took part in the Awards workshop with Malika Booker, who told us more about the nominated poets. Overall, it was a very inspiring weekend.

 I continue to enjoy curating Now Then Manchester's Word Life page: January's issue was unthemed, and February's had the theme of "Love". I hope you enjoy them.

 I had a flash fiction piece, "Fall", published in Litro, and two poems, "Ávila" and "Maybe Cygnus" published in Selcouth Station. I also reviewed Annabel Pitcher's "The Last Days of Archie Maxwell" for Cuckoo Review.

 January and February were two intense months, but I feel that I learnt and achieved a great deal. Thanks for keeping up with my news and supporting my writing.

 Liz x