Monday, 9 April 2018

Now Then - Word Life 53 and In Cambridge

 Hello!


 Issue 53 of Now Then Manchester is here, and as always I enjoyed putting together the Word Life section. This month we have listings for a wide range of events in Manchester, from spoken word to theatre to comedy.

 We also have a diverse set of poems on the theme of "Travel", from Ray Ball, Peter Burrows, Lisa Reily, Glen Sorestad and John Grey. My own villanelle "In Cambridge", which was first published in Picaroon Poetry, also appears.

 I hope you enjoy this month's Word Life.

 Liz x

Thursday, 5 April 2018

The Mancunion - Niall Horan

 Hello!


 My review of ex-One Directioner Niall Horan's folksy and uplifting gig at the O2 Apollo has been published in The Mancunion.

 I hope you enjoy it.

 Liz x

Saturday, 31 March 2018

100,000 travel blog views!

 Hello!


 I am delighted to have reached 100,000 page views on my travel blog, Neither Here Nor There: Liz's Travels. Thank you so much to everyone who has shared my journeys through France, Spain, Monaco, Italy and Portugal.

 Here's to many more adventures.

 Liz x

Women on Top at the LGBT Foundation

 Hello!


 I was very happy and honoured to be chosen to take part in the Women on Top night at the LGBT Foundation in Manchester, part of the Sugar and Spice weekend celebrating International Women's Day.

 I enjoyed reading a selection of my poems and got some lovely feedback. Seeing the other acts - poets, comedians and musicians - was also wonderful. Overall, it was a great night and I hope to continue sharing my poetry through readings.

 Liz x

Friday, 30 March 2018

Now Then - Word Life 52

 Hello!


 March's issue of Now Then Manchester is here, and as always I really enjoyed curating the Word Life page. This month's theme is "Hope" and I received some beautiful and powerful creative writing submissions. I am very happy with the set I chose.

 We have poetry from Nasim Asl, Abigail Elizabeth Ottley, Hannah Downs, Ken Allan Dronsfield, Ann Christine Tabaka, Carl Boon, John Michael Flynn, Ray Ball and Peter Burrows, and short fiction from Sandra Arnold, Joan McNerney and Samuel Bigglesworth.

 There are also the usual listings for a wide range of literary events in Manchester.

 I hope you enjoy Issue 52.

 Liz x

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Things I'm Seeing Without You

 Hello!


 My review of Peter Bognanni's Things I'm Seeing Without You has been published by Cuckoo Review.

 I hope you enjoy learning about this unusual and enjoyable Young Adult novel.

 Liz x

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

News - January and February 2018

 Hello!


 So far for me 2018 has been incredibly busy. I've been working towards finishing my degree and my dissertation, training for my first 10 kilometre run and, of course, writing poetry and stories. I have seen some major milestones, which I am looking forward to sharing with you now.

 In January I went to London to take part in a poetry reading with the other four New North Poets. We read at the Poetry Society's Poetry Café, alongside our mentor, Clare Pollard, and Caroline Bird. Caroline is one of my favourite poets and this was a huge honour, especially when she remembered and referenced specific details of my poems when talking to me later. 

 We attended the TS Eliot Prize Readings and mingled with poets and publishers afterwards. It was great to speak to Andrew McMillan again and to see many other famous faces. We also took part in the Awards workshop with Malika Booker, who told us more about the nominated poets. Overall, it was a very inspiring weekend.

 I continue to enjoy curating Now Then Manchester's Word Life page: January's issue was unthemed, and February's had the theme of "Love". I hope you enjoy them.

 I had a flash fiction piece, "Fall", published in Litro, and two poems, "Ávila" and "Maybe Cygnus" published in Selcouth Station. I also reviewed Annabel Pitcher's "The Last Days of Archie Maxwell" for Cuckoo Review.

 January and February were two intense months, but I feel that I learnt and achieved a great deal. Thanks for keeping up with my news and supporting my writing.

 Liz x

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Selcouth Station - Maybe Cygnus

 Hello!



 I'm very happy to have a second poem published by Selcouth Station! As well as "Ávila" you can now read "Maybe Cygnus", which was also inspired by my time living in Spain.

 I hope you enjoy it.

 Liz x

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Now Then - Word Life 51

 Hello!


 February's issue of Now Then Manchester is here. As always, I enjoyed curating the Word Life section and providing listings for literary events throughout Manchester.

 For this month's creative writing selection I chose the theme of "Love" and was sent some beautiful writing. You can read work from Robert Pelgrift, Tallulah Howarth, Joan McNerney, Kersten Christianson, John Grey, Chrissi Sepe, Abigail Elizabeth Ottley, Elspeth Vischer and Lisa Reily.

 I hope you enjoy the issue.

 Liz x

Friday, 9 February 2018

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Selcouth Station - Ávila

 Hello!


 Just letting you know that my poem "Ávila" has been published by Selcouth Station. I hope you enjoy it. 

 You can learn more about my visit to Ávila on my travel blog.

 Liz x

Monday, 5 February 2018

New North Poets at the Poetry Café

 Hello!


 In January I was invited to London to read some of my poems at the Poetry Society's Poetry Café, with the other New North Poets - Jasmine Chatfield, Rosa Walling-Wefelmeyer, Maria Isakova-Bennett and Michael Brown -, our mentor Clare Pollard and guest performer Caroline Bird. 

 It was a wonderful experience. We also attended the T. S. Eliot readings and the lecture beforehand with Malika Booker, and overall it was an insightful and inspiring weekend. I hope to continue doing poetry readings and sharing my work.

 Liz x

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Now Then - Word Life 50

 Hi!


 I'm very happy to announce that January's issue of Now Then Manchester's Word Life is here. I love curating this page, and this month we have listings for some great workshops, performances and spoken word nights.

 We also have a diverse set of poems from Ion Corcos, John Grey, Ann Christine Tabaka, Ken Allan Dronsfield, Ruby Lawrence and Ray Ball.

 I hope you enjoy Issue 50.

 Liz x

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Last Days of Archie Maxwell

 Hello!


 Just letting you know that my review of The Last Days of Archie Maxwell by Annabel Pitcher is up at Cuckoo Review. 

 I hope you enjoy learning my thoughts on this new book.

 Liz x

Friday, 5 January 2018

News - November and December 2017

 Hello! Happy New Year!


 November and December 2017 saw me settled back in Manchester, working on my Masters and taking part in numerous writing groups and events.

 I had poetry published in several magazines: "Orbits" and "Gold" in Sincerely Magazine, "Salamanca" and "Peaches" in The Cluny MCR, and "The cows" in Riggwelter Press. I attended The Cluny MCR's launch, which was a fun night.

 I also attended the launch of the anthology Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets at Manchester Central Library. I read a number of my poems, which was a great experience.

 I took part in Writing Squad workshops with Andrew McMillan and Malika Booker, which were really useful and enjoyable.

 I completed my first year as editor of the Word Life section of Now Then Manchester with two special issues. November's was a flash fiction special, and December's was a collaboration with Manchester Creative Writing Society. I have more big plans for Word Life, so watch this space!

 Thanks for reading - look out for my general 2017 review, which is coming up soon.

 Have a wonderful 2018.

 Liz x

Monday, 1 January 2018

Introduction X Launch

 Hello!


 I mentioned that I have three poems in Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets, and on 14th December I attended the launch of the anthology at Manchester Central Library.

 I read a number of my poems, some from the anthology and some others from my travels in France and Spain. It was a wonderful event and it was lovely to be able to share my work in such a special space.

 I hope to do many more poetry readings. Thanks to everyone who has supported me this year.

 Liz x

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Now Then - Word Life 49

 Hello!


 Issue 49 of Now Then Manchester is here. This month's Word Life section is a collaboration with Manchester Creative Writing Society: I interviewed the Society's Chair, Roma Havers, and curated work from members Shenez Khanum, Grigorii Timofeev and Chhavi Mahajan.

 There are also listings for upcoming literary events and workshops in Manchester from groups such as Young Identity, Bad Language, First Draft and The Real Story.

 I hope you enjoy the issue.

 Liz x

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The Cluny - Salamanca and Peaches

 Hello!


 Back in January I had two poems published in The Cluny MCR. I am very happy that they have just published two more of my poems, in the new Glad & Sorry Issue. I attended the launch in Manchester - it was a great night. 

 I hope you enjoy "Salamanca" and "Peaches", inspired by my travels in Spain and France respectively.

 Liz x

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Sincerely Magazine: Volume 5 - Onism

 Hi!


 I am very happy to have two poems, "Orbits" and "Gold", in the latest issue of Sincerely Magazine. Sincerely is always a beautiful publication, combining word and image incredibly well. You can buy Volume 5 as an eBook or a paperback.

 I hope you enjoy my poems.

 Liz x