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Finding Your Inner Poet

March 10th, 2017

Julia-Thorley--blogI’m tempted to say poetry isn’t really my thing; but while that used to be true, recently my attitude has changed and I’ve been become more open not just to reading it, but also writing it.

Of course, I did the usual stuff at school and several quotes are forever engraved on my mind: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori (Owen); Know then thyself, presume not God to scan, The proper study of mankind is Man (Pope); and, a particular favourite, Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide (Dryden). (When I get round to writing my best-selling novel about a tortured genius I shall call it ‘Thin Partitions’.) And then there’s this chilling morsel: This grew; I gave commands; Then all smiles stopped together (Browning). Read the rest of this entry »




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Writing Competitions Galore!

April 4th, 2014

First, thanks to Allie for last week’s blog. The five points she touches on may be necessary for ‘high-concept’ stories but I think they are all essential for just about everything creative that you write! What do you think? Read the rest of this entry »




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For the Love of Poetry

March 14th, 2014

I was delighted to learn that Edge was a winner in the recent Writers Bureau poetry competition as this comes hot on the heels of an Earlyworks Press first prize, and the publication of four of my poems in their recent poetry anthology Sharp as Lemons. Read the rest of this entry »




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A Really Interesting Article!

December 16th, 2013

Hello All,

As it’s coming to the end of our annual Poetry Competition, I thought I’d link you to an article with some expert advice about entering competitions. And this is not just advice from someone who enters them. Oh no! This advice is, if you’ll excuse the cliché, straight from the horse’s mouth. Read the rest of this entry »




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Never Give Up!

September 6th, 2013

I was delighted to be placed first in last year’s Writers Bureau Poetry Competition with my poem Earth. It’s encouraging when an entry resonates with the judge. Read the rest of this entry »




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