4 May 2015
I have added to my Points of View page on this site a section on the nature of poetry. One of its features is surely energy.
18 April 2015
I am writing a piece on The Nature of Poetry which I plan
to post on the Points of View Page.
1 April 2015
It has been a while since the last update, but I will be giving this website much more time and attention this month after having now caught up in other directions. So it will be worth
coming back soon.
14 December 2014
"Cambridge News" printed an interview with me on 29 November.
I often enter for themed poetry competitions, either because the subject appeals to me and I might be able
to write an interesting poem or - and this may be more common – I may feel that I already have an unpublished poem which will fit the bill, although it may need a few small tweaks to make it just right. An example of this was my poem, The Shoe.
I took this poem out of the file when I saw the Poetry Society was asking for poems on the theme of Neighbours. The only editing which I found to be necessary was that the poem needed an insertion of the word ‘neighbour’s’
at the end... The judge placed the poem among the winners and by her comments, seemed to like the rather unusual approach to the subject. I decided to work my way through my list of publications and recall how each poem began. As well
as having stocks of half-finished cut redraftable poems, I have a lot of stories waiting to change from notes into satisfactory poems.
I have been checking all my published poems and recalling why I started to write that particular poem and what
happened to it afterwards. So far I have covered from A-C but when everything on the list is finished, I shall incorporate the analysis into this post. How do you start a poem?
14 October 2014
Well, the launch of the Furies
Anthology, a fine production in hardback, with excellent poems, went off well apparently in London this week and sales have been high. £5 from every sale of a book will be donated to the charity, Rape Crisis. Further events around the country
are planned, the next in Nottingham. Check the publisher's website - forBooksSake. The link is on my Links webpage. I have one of my Icarus poems included in the anthology.
Also this week, I completed an interview for the Cambridge
News. I shall post details later and reproduce it here if copyright permits.
I've had a few poems published or accepted for publication this year - in an Agenda web online supplement there's a reprint of Song
of the Apprentice Angel. A Daughter Sing from the Earth is included in the forthcoming anthology edited by Eve Lacey of ForBooks'Sake in aid of Rape Crisis. For those interested in this antholgy (which received over 700 submissions,
I recommend this book, excellently edited and produced. Publication is planned for October this year.
31 July 2014
It has been a while since I added anything to this site. Apologies for that, but my time has been completely
taken up with my latest project. There was a lot of work to do in order to meet the deadline. I decided to enter the Otago University Press/Landfall Essay competition in New Zealand. I finally sent off my 6000 words yesterday. The topic
of the essay was for us to choose. I wrote about 20th century poetry in New Zealand. I read a lot and discovered many new things.
I will add more material to the site later this month (August 2014).
the Points of View page for another entry - about poets' understanding of their own poems.
22 April 2014
A new page has been added to this website, entitled "Points of View". There will be occasional thoughts and comments.
A number of events have been happening lately or are scheduled to happen soon. A talk with references and readings of poems from Giotto's Circle,was given by Juliet Dusinberre, Life Fellow in
English, Girton College, Cambridge, to the Highgate Poets poetry group in London in February 2014.
The radio interview with Diana Brodie by the local community radio station, 105, in Cambridge has been recorded and will be featured on their book
programme, Bookmark to be broadcast on 15 March 2014. A podcast will be available shortly afterwards. You can listen online www.cambridge105.fm where the podcast is usually up 2-3 days
after the initial broadcast.
Diana Brodie was interviewed about the book by Michele Hagard at the February meeting of the charity, Parkinson's UK, in Cambridge. This was very well received.
Various other events are being planned and this
section of the website will be updated again soon.
There is a new section on this website which will quote, where permission has been granted, some of the comments I have received by letter or email from readers of the book.
11 October 2013
A review of Giotto's Circle has appeared in the literary journal, Acumen.
7 August 2013 A highly successful launch, it seems, for 65 invited guests at the St Andrews Community
Hall, Chesterton, Cambridge. First, an hour of poetry readings. Diana shared the readings with friends, Harry Goode and Huguette Chatterton, with Katharine Ames-Lewis and with 9-year-old granddaughter, Flora. Huguette, a chanteuse with a
considerable local following, also sang. A very enjoyable afternoon and sales were high.
4 August 2013 Launch Day is here! A report on the event is to come. Stay with us!
23 July 2013 The first batch of books arrived
today. Poetry Salzburg have done a marvellous job. But I already need to order more as a number of people have asked for multiple copies.
21 June 2013 The book is now at the printers and will be released in August.
June 2013 The first proof arrived today. Everything appears to be on schedule and tomorrow will be a busy day although there appears to be little that requires correction. The book is dedicated to my sister, Wendy, still living in Christchurch,