After winning a World Books token value £20 as my prize for the Winter competition, I decided to take it with me on holiday to Cornwall and spend it there. First stop an idependant bookshop in Truro, selling second hand books and rarities. They didn't take book tokens! That didn't stop me - there were so many fabulous volumes in there I could have spent a fortune (luckily they DID take credit cards). Then onto Waterstones - where they did take tokens - but I spent much more than £20 in the end. I confess to haggling over a couple of books in the first shop and obtained the Seamus Heaney book for a third of what they were asking. These are my treasures, including a calendar and much needed OS map!
The poems this month came from a mini workshop. The writers were given a picture similar to the one shown, and asked to write a poem or short story on that theme, which could be translated literally or metaphorically. All were completed fairly quickly, some may have been edited later, some not. That is the writer's choice! 13 of our 17 members chose to have their poems posted this month, so I guess our writers still enjoy the slot.
My first ever published booklet of poetry (published by City Voices Publishing) is with the printers right now and I am eagerly awaiting the first proof!
The poems in this book were written mostly prior to 2014, after many years in the writing wilderness. I regard 2014 as a tipping point, when my poetry style changed. The reason for publishing this collection is because the poems mean something to me, naïve in style and technique as some of them are – bloody hell, most of them rhyme! Perhaps naïve is the wrong terminology. There is more than a hint of Gothic here; there is fantasy and strangeness. There is talk of love, whispers of sex and acknowledgement of a spiritual world.
I would like to thank ALL those who have encouraged me to write and improve; the 52 Group, and Alan Barnett of City Voices Creative Writers who helped pushed me into publication. My printers have given me much needed practical advice.
This book is for anyone who has sometimes felt like they are a stranger in their own life
The Awakening of Magic, Book One of the Wereding Chronicles
has just been released by Amazon. (Paragon Publishing 15 April 2015)
You can link to the site http://www.amazon.co.uk/Awakening-Magic-Book-Wereding-Chronicles/dp/1782223835/re and purchase the book for £5.99.
"The wolf looked up at her with those great yellow eyes and Rose saw within their wild storm of primitive emotions a spark of more than animal intelligence. She realised that she still had a sense of the man that had cared for her."
The book is described as a vivid fantasy adventure and all at City Voices wish Chris every success with it.
The new feature seems to be popular with the group members, who have responded enthusiastically to the call for poems. The group's winter competition was for a poem on the theme of Hibernation, and entries were judged by Emma George who works for Hanley Library and often runs writers workshops etc. Now, I feel a bit embarrassed at this point, as I won the competition! My poem was called "Out of January" and competition was stiff. The poems are all now on the web-site - and all are different. I loved Paul Williamson's idea of Richard Branson inventing a "hibernation pod" where people could spend the winter, Alan Barnett's poignant verse and Adam Boustead's imagining of the life cycle of a woolly bear caterpillar. I don't need to comment on the poems however as Emma did a great job of the judging, taking time from her busy schedule not just to read the poems but also critique each and every one of them. Many thanks to Emma. Hope people will read and enjoy the page.