Issue 46 of Now Then Manchester is here, and this time we have not one but two Word Life pages - one for events listings and poetry, the other for fiction. Hopefully this can continue.
September's theme is "Family" and we have some great writing from Jo Boon, Meredith LeMaître, Ray Ball, Abigail Elizabeth Ottley, John Grey, Rachel Bower, Ann Christine Tabaka, Claire Sexton, Glen Sorestad, Michael Griffith and Elspeth Vischer.
After returning from my hectic but wonderful semester in Galicia, I enjoyed spending summer with my family in the UK. I celebrated some creative achievements, which I'm looking forward to sharing with you.
I'm pleased to introduce Issue 45 of Word Life, which has the theme "Stages of life". It features information on spoken word events in Manchester as well as poetry from Kersten Christianson, Carl Boon, Ken Allan Dronsfield, Jo Boon, Kate Garrett, Allison Grayhurst, Joan McNerney and Ann Christine Tabaka.
I love editing this page and I hope you enjoy reading it.
When I started sending my writing out to journals, I stumbled upon one in particular that I loved. Cake Magazine was beautifully designed and featured great writers. Every issue was named after a type of cake: Battenberg, Key Lime, Cherry Bakewell. I dreamt of seeing my own work there.
Now my poem "Perpignan sestina" has been published in Issue 9, Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. It is an amazing feeling, and proof to me that dreams really can come true if you work hard. I am very happy, and very grateful to everyone who has encouraged me with my poetry.
May and June were hectic months for me, what with doing my exams in Spain and then finishing my semester there and returning to the UK. There have also been some major developments on the writing front, and I can't wait to tell you about them.
Firstly, I won a Northern Writers' Award! I was chosen as one of five New North Poets. My prize is a year of mentoring with The Poetry School and Clare Pollard. This is a huge milestone in my writing career and I'm very happy.
I'm enjoying my post as curator of Now Then Manchester's Word Life section - May's issue had "The sea" as a theme, and included my poem "Ink sea" along with work from four other writers. June's issue had the theme of "You" or the second person, and included five great pieces.
I am extremely happy to have been announced as a winner in the New North Poets section of the Northern Writers' Awards. The ceremony, on Thursday night at Northumbria University, was a really lovely evening of food, writing and celebration.
Receiving such a prestigious award is amazing. I'm greatly looking forward to my prize, which is a year of mentoring with The Poetry School and Clare Pollard. I'm also excited to get to know the four other poets chosen. The next year looks to be a great one for me creatively.
Many thanks to everyone who has read and enjoyed my writing over the years, and congratulations to all of the award-winners.