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Could You Be An Instapoet?

December 23rd, 2015

gladstone's-library.blogFirst, I’d like to take this opportunity of wishing you all the best for Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year. And it’s the New Year I’m going to be concentrating on in this post.

I’m sure we’ll all be making resolutions – and, as usual, some will last whilst others won’t even see it through until the end of the first week in January! I’m a bit ahead of myself this year and I’ve already thought about one of my resolutions. I’m going to get out and about a bit more and really steep myself in writerly things – both people and places.

Some time ago I mentioned Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, near Chester. Recently there was a short article in The Sunday Times, extolling its virtues, especially how pleasant it was to stay overnight there and just wallow in the bookish atmosphere and enjoy the good food. So I revisited the site and the rooms do look good. No TVs, but that’s probably a tick in the right column. Plus they run a series of events and talks lasting from an afternoon to a full week. They cover exotica ranging from ‘Fractured Feminism’, ‘Persian Poetry: A Door to Sufism’ and ‘Victorian Bestsellers’ to ‘Greek in a week’ – with lots of other fascinating bits and bobs in between.

So, back to my resolutions. The first is to book myself a night or two at Gladstone’s library and enjoy the ambience so that I come away feeling that I’ve learned something – even if it’s no earthly use in  everyday life!

My guest next week is Writers Bureau student, Neill Wetherill, who’ll be looking at how social media is changing the way we write. It’s an interesting topic when you consider how much influence social media sites such as Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram now have on the lives of many young, and not so young, people.

A colleague was telling me this morning about the rise of the ‘Instapoets’. They take photos of their poems, often with drawings and illustration, and post them across social media networks. Thousands of unpublished poets are joining in using the hashtags #instapoetry and #instagrampoetry hoping to achieve the success of award winning poets like New Zealand based Lang Leav.

If you’re a poet, you probably know how difficult it can be to get your poems published – and paid for – but Lang Leav has sold over 300,000 copies of her collections in just three years and has now signed with a US publisher. So, if you feel it might be a niche for you, check what’s out there.  But remember, it might be quick and easy to post but you still want to make sure that the world sees you at your best. Don’t be tempted to skip the polishing stage – in poetry, more than any other medium, every word counts!

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