Well this is one of the New Year resolutions ticked off. I wanted to get my own blog because 2009 promises to be an exciting year on the writing front. And it'll unfold here ...
I'm working right now on putting the final touches to my book Firebridge to Skyshore, due to be published later in the spring by original press. It's been a fascinating process as this is my first book. I've spent 3 months finishing research for the articles about the science and mythology of the Northern Lights. In the middle of all that, we took another trip to Norway and got to see the Northern Lights at last - marvellous! - which added another final chapter to the book.
Recently, we've been gathering together all the bits and bobs like author's biography and acknowledgements and now I'm ready to start checking the 'proofs' - final mock-up of the pages that will go to the printers. And we've persuaded some published writers to sample the book and provide 'blurbs' for the back cover. Plus, my sister's been sending me piccies on the phone of the woodcut illustrations she's working on - very fiddly but they look wonderful.
And at the same time, I'm busy preparing for an unusual gig - I've been asked to go into a local primary school who are doing a project on the arctic. In a fortnight or so, I'll be appearing in a school hall full of 9-11 year olds as the 'Polar Poet'. We'll be exploring the arctic through performance of my poems together and lots of pictures too. My youngest audience yet - but I think it'll be great fun!
Anyway - if you've ever wondered what writers actually do - or how books get from their addled brains to a bookshop - watch this space. And it'd be lovely to hear your thoughts along the way.
Writing is a journey, both imaginary and physical. My first book took me to the Arctic to 'catch the colours' of the Northern Lights. Then I hunkered down to catch the wind-blown voices of polar explorers on Shackleton's 1914-17 Endurance expedition. More recently I'm obsessed by space: the race, the rockets, the final frontier.
Hear a BBC Radio Leicester interview about my space poetry at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03wfpyp
Explore my digital narrrative PHILAE'S BOOK OF HOURS, published by the European Space Agency, at:
My prose-poetry collections FIREBRIDGE TO SKYSHORE
and MAD, HOPELESS & POSSIBLE are both published by Original Plus Press at:
Contact me for signed copies or bookings at:
- Leicester, East Midlands
- As a storyteller, my work crosses boundaries of myth, science, history and spoken word. It has been presented in the British Science Museum, Ledbury Poetry Festival, National Space Centre and the European Space Agency website. In 2014 I ran a digital residency on WW1 for 14-18NOW and Writing East Midlands. I teach Creative Writing at De Montfort University and have experience of leading school events, workshop tuition and mentoring.