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Between Crossing & Passing on Poetry Jukebox

I’m absolutely delighted to have my poem Between Crossing & Passing featured on the mobile Poetry Jukebox, as part of the CS Lewis A Deeper Country curation. As a huge CS Lewis fan it’s an extra thrill to be part of this one.

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The mobile jukebox will be in CS Lewis Square, adjacent to the CS Lewis Centre/ Jack’s Cafe, throughout February & March 2019. Watch out for a launch reading in mid February.

The other fabulous poets included are: Tade Ipadeola, Malachi Black, Ian Duhig, Eleanor Hooker, Andrew Roycroft, Marion Clarke, Sven Kretczchmar, Colin Hassard, Kirsty Niven, Bethany Ashley, Sophie Segura, Nicole Carter, Emily Murtagh, Philip Crymble, Shelley Tracey, Demi After, Amanda Bell, Joy Fleming and Anne Casey.

Congrats everyone and huge thanks to Artistic Director and curator Maria McManus and co-curator Tade Ipadeola for including me.

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Reading – When The Nerves Hit!

I really enjoyed last night’s reading at the Belfast Festival and I received some lovely feedback from the audience – despite my nerves! My legs were shaking so badly I was sure everyone could see them. I had a flashback to my confirmation when I had to do a reading in the chapel and my legs were shaking so violently I thought I might collapse. My mind started to wander off into thoughts like this is terrible, I must look stupid, how can I stop this, maybe I shouldn’t have read this poem. But I knew all that self talk and self criticism was making me lose concentration and making things worse. Letting your mind split like that during a performance is like putting a crack in a mirror – it will eventually break. So I told myself the performance post mortem could wait until after the reading and put my inner voice on pause until then, and I focussed on the job in hand – reading the poems. It works for me. I hope it works for you too.

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