Monday, 18 September 2017

What She Knew zine

 Hello!


 I'm very happy to have a poem, "Anatomy", in What She Knew, a zine published by Papaya Press and dedicated to the work of Lydia Davis.

 I hope you enjoy it!

 Liz x

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Writing Squad profile

 Hello!


 I'm delighted to have an elegant page on the new Writing Squad website. You can find out about my achievements as a writer, and there are links to my social media and online projects.

 The Writing Squad have also shared the news about my Northern Writers' Award.

 I hope you enjoy the new site!

 Liz x

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Songs About Us

 Hello!


 Just letting you know that my review of Chris Russell's Songs About Us has been published in Cuckoo Review.

 This sequel to Songs About a Girl deals with friendship, family mysteries, complicated relationships and, of course, music.

 I hope you enjoy learning my thoughts on it.

 Liz x

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Now Then - Word Life 46

 Hello!


 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.

 I hope you enjoy this month's issue.

 Liz x

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Tender Earth

 Hello!


 My review of Sita Brahmachari's new novel Tender Earth has been published by Cuckoo Review.

 I hope you enjoy learning my thoughts on this latest installment in the Levenson family's story.

 Liz x

Monday, 4 September 2017

News - July and August 2017

 Hello!


 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.

 Firstly, I had poems published in several journals: "December, Manchester" in Minute Magazine, "Perpignan sestina" in Cake Magazine and "The shady part" in Atrium Poetry.

 Additionally, three of my flash fiction pieces - "Montgomery Road", "Something like soap" and "Climbing the mountain"- appeared in Open Pen.

 Secondly, I interviewed one of my favourite songwriters, Amy Ray of Indigo Girls, for Now Then Manchester, before reviewing Indigo Girls' RNCM gig with Lucy Wainwright Roche for the magazine.

 Also in Now Then are my thoughts on Available Light, a dance spectacle that was performed at the Palace Theatre as part of Manchester International Festival.

 July's Word Life had the theme of "Colours", and August's had the theme, "Stages of life". I love curating these monthly sets of writing and spreading the word about upcoming events in Manchester.

 I shared my thoughts on two new books for Cuckoo Review: The Girl of Glass by Holly Webb and The True Colour of Forever by Carrie Firestone.

 Foxglove Journal held a Summer Writing Week, which was a huge success. I'm very proud of how my magazine is doing - soon it will be celebrating its first birthday!

 With autumn and a new semester arriving, there are some exciting times ahead. I have several exciting pieces of news that I will soon be able to share, so watch this space!

 Thanks for reading.

 Liz x

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Miracle Magazine - The Rebirth Issue

 Hello!


 The latest issue of Miracle Magazine - and my last as Head Poetry Editor - is out now and has the theme of Rebirth.

 I have enjoyed being part of the Miracle creative writing team for the last four years and am proud of all we have achieved. I have made some great friends who I know I will stay in touch with.

 I hope you enjoy the issue.

 Liz x

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Friday, 11 August 2017

The True Colour of Forever

 Hello!


 My review of Carrie Firestone's novel The True Colour of Forever has been published in Cuckoo Review. This new release is set in The Hamptons and is about an unlikely group of friends.

 I hope you enjoy my review.

 Liz x

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Now Then - Available Light review

 Hello!


 Just letting you know that my review of Available Light has been published in Now Then Manchester.

 This dance piece was performed at the Palace Theatre as part of Manchester International Festival 2017 and was fascinating to watch.

 I hope you enjoy learning my thoughts on it.

 Liz x

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Now Then - Indigo Girls review

 Hello!

Photos by me

 My review of Indigo Girls' gig with Lucy Wainwright Roche at the RNCM has been published in August's issue of Now Then Manchester. The show was part of their 2017 UK Tour and was a pleasure to attend.

 I hope you enjoy my write-up.

 Liz x

Monday, 7 August 2017

Now Then - Word Life 45

 Hello!


 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.

 Liz x

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Cake Magazine - Perpignan sestina

 Hello!


 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.

 I hope you enjoy the issue and my poem. You can learn more about the city of Perpignan on my travel blog.

 Liz x

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Sunday, 9 July 2017

News - May and June 2017

 Hello!


 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.

 Secondly, I've had a number of poems published in magazines and journals. "Perpignan" appeared in The Fractured Nuance, "Why" in Peeking Cat Poetry, "How I could learn to dance" in The Ham, "Waiting" in The Kindling, "Serpentine" in In The Red, "Flowers" in Sea Foam Mag and "Meiga" in Antiphon.

 My poem "Unnaturally blue" was published in Picaroon Poetry's Troubadour anthology and I found out that a story about my cat, Kitt, had been published in Your Cat Magazine back in December. I also wrote an article on French-language musicians for Cuckoo Review.

 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.

 Finally, my magazine, Foxglove Journal, celebrated its one hundredth piece of writing. Editing Foxglove has been a wonderful experience, and I look forward to the next hundred pieces and beyond.

 Overall, I'm pleased with how I'm doing with my writing and other projects, and am looking forward to a summer of creativity.

 Thanks for reading.

 Liz x

Friday, 7 July 2017

Now Then - Word Life 44

Hello!


 Now Then Manchester 44 is here! This month's Word Life page, curated by me, features seven poems on the theme of "Colours" as well as July's literary event listings for Manchester.

 I hope you enjoy it!

 Liz x

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Now Then - Interview with Amy Ray

 Hello!


 Issue 44 of Now Then Manchester is out and includes my interview with Amy Ray of Indigo Girls.

 We talk about the folk duo's upcoming UK tour, the secret to their long-lasting success, their solo projects, social media, writing advice and more.

 I hope you enjoy it!

 You can also read my review for The Mancunion of Indigo Girls' album Rites of Passage.

 Liz x

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Northern Writers' Awards 2017

 Hello!


 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.

 Liz x