It has been a hell of a year for me in one way and another – I had my first book published, I had several eye operations, I was writer in residence for a month on Norwich market, I did readings in places like Manchester, Swindon, Much Wenlock and Norwich. It would be fair to say that it was a roller coaster of a year.
Things feel more settled now, but I am feeling like I need to really start working on my next poetry collection. I already have quite a collection of poems. They feel very different (to me anyway) from those in my last collection – a fact that I find both scary and exciting. Quite a few of them have been published in journals, so hopefully I am doing something right. There is still a lot of work to do though – putting together a collection is (and should be) a long and arduous process. There is a lot to do: sifting, sorting, discarding, looking for themes, looking for gaps, more writing, more editing. I am thinking perhaps I would like to work with a mentor again – the people I workshop regularly with are great, but it’s a great bonus to have someone who doesn’t regularly read your work give feedback and comment. They come to it with fresh and eyes and thus are able to give unbiased critique. I am also thinking that at some point (if I can raise the money) that I will go away on a writing retreat – I did this when I was working on my last collection and it was amazingly helpful.
I am also on the look out for readings, preferably ones that pay.