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

Saturday, 1 July 2017

The Girl of Glass

 Hello!


 In 2015 I reviewed Holly Webb's The Water Horse for Cuckoo Review. I enjoyed the novel very much, and so was pleased to get the chance to review another instalment in the Magical Venice series. My review of The Girl of Glass is up on Cuckoo Review now.

 I hope you enjoy learning about this beautiful book.

 Liz x

Friday, 30 June 2017

Antiphon - Meiga

 Hello!


 My poem "Meiga" has been published in Issue 21 of Antiphon. It is about a species of flatfish eaten frequently in Galicia, where I lived for several months. You can find it on page 40.

 I hope you enjoy my writing.

 Liz x

Monday, 12 June 2017

100 Foxglove Journal posts!

 Hello!


 I'm very happy to announce that Foxglove Journal, the online literary magazine I founded, has published its one hundredth piece of writing! I hope you have enjoyed sharing this journey.

 Please consider sending us your best poetry and/or fiction - it will be treated with respect and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

 Here's to another hundred posts!

 Liz x

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Sea Foam Mag - Flowers

 Hello!


 Last year my poem "The stars", along with a selection of my photographs, was published by Sea Foam Mag. I'm very happy to now have a second poem published there, "Flowers".

 I hope you enjoy it!

 Liz x

Friday, 9 June 2017

Now Then - Word Life 43

 Hello!


 Issue 43 of Now Then Manchester's Word Life is here, curated by me and featuring some of June's top poetry and spoken-word events in Manchester as well as five great pieces of writing on the theme of "you" or the second person.

 I hope you enjoy it!

 Liz x

Thursday, 8 June 2017

In The Red - Serpentine

 Hello!


 I'm very happy to have a poem in In The Red 15. "Serpentine" is part of my series on Chinese zodiac animals, along with "Rooster" and "Sheepgoat".

 I hope you enjoy it!

 Liz x

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Troubadour anthology

 Hello!


 My poem "Unnaturally blue", which previously appeared in Rising Phoenix Review, has now also been published in Picaroon Poetry's Troubadour anthology. I'm very happy to be a part of this music-themed project.

 I hope you enjoy it!

 Liz x

Friday, 2 June 2017

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Your Cat Magazine - Little and large

 Hello!


 A few years ago an article I wrote about my late rescue cat Murphy was published in Your Cat Magazine. I recently found out that another piece I wrote appeared in the December 2016 issue. 

 "Little and large: A tale of two tabbies" completes Murphy's story and introduces our current cat, Kitt. It also features photos by me. The issue seems to currently be out of print but if you do find it, I hope you enjoy it.

 Liz x

Monday, 22 May 2017

Now Then - Word Life 42

 Hello!


 I'm very happy to announce that May's issue of Word Life is here! It is my third as editor and has the theme of the sea. 

 My own poem "Ink sea" features, alongside four others and my round-up of literary events in Manchester.

 I hope you enjoy it!

 Liz x

Monday, 15 May 2017

News - March and April 2017

 Hello!


 March and April were, like January and February, very busy months for me as I have still been on my study placement in Galicia, Spain. 

 There has been so much to do, what with Uni, studying, trips and getting to know the city of Vigo, which I have come to love deeply. In March I turned twenty-three and celebrated with the rainiest trip imaginable to Santiago de Compostela. It was certainly a day to remember!

 However, I also found time to write, edit, review and collaborate, and saw some projects come to fruition. Here are my highlights.

 Firstly, I had poetry published in a number of places: "Sheepgoat" at The Poetry Shed, "New skies" in Indie Soleil Magazine, "Her" in L'Éphémère Review and "Milestones" in Eunoia Review. 

 I also had poems accepted by Cake Magazine, Antiphon, Atrium and Picaroon Poetry's Troubadour anthology. I'll let you know when they are published - watch this space!

 I completed my first assignment as a critic for Structo, reviewing Seven Sins by Karen Runge. I also wrote features for Cuckoo Review on the music from my summer in Salamanca and my top 5 French-language musicians. I hope you enjoy them.

 One of the most exciting things was the release in March of Issue 40 of Now Then Manchester, the first issue for which I was editor of the Word Life section. My own poem "Rooster" featured, and it was great to be able to showcase two more poems, by Lydia Allison and Roma Havers. I also did a round-up of the month's spoken word events in Manchester.

 Issue 41 of Now Then Manchester came out in April and this time I picked five poems for Word Life, based around the themes of change and healing. Curating work and seeing the finished page is amazing. I look forward to working on future issues and trying different themes - May's issue is based around the sea and will be out soon.

 So, March and April were good months for my writing. I'm looking forward to enjoying the remainder of my time here in Spain and then throwing myself back into the Manchester literary scene. It should be a great summer!

 Thanks for reading.

 Liz x

Friday, 12 May 2017

Top 5 French-language musicians

 Hello!


 Just letting you know I have a piece on Cuckoo Review about French-language musicians that I recommend for listeners who are new to French music.

 I have picked from several different eras and genres, so hopefully there'll be something for you.

 If you would like to learn more about some of the artists I mention, I have a full post on my music blog dedicated to Jean-Jacques Goldman, as well as posts mentioning Lio and Niagara.

 I hope you enjoy the article and maybe discover your new favourite musician or group.

 Liz x