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.