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Chinese Poetry

Poetry has consistently been held in high regard in China, in Chinese culture, poetry has provided a forum for both public and private expressions of deep emotion, offering an insight into the inner life of Chinese writers across more than two millennia. The greatest poets are thought to have lived a thousand years ago orContinue reading “Chinese Poetry”


Happy World Ocean Day

We can all help to support and grow the global movement to protect at least 30% of our blue planet by 2030 – 30 by 30. A healthy ocean is a critical part of the solution to the climate crisis. we can protect our planet’s life support systems – specifically the interconnected issues of ocean, climate, andContinue reading “Happy World Ocean Day”

Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy was born on this day in 1939 in Dublin (1939 – 2012) she is one of my favourite authors. She told marvellous stories, mostly set in Ireland, dealing with the tensions between urban and rural life.. Although times may change, people remain the same: they fall in love, they have dreams; friendships, andContinue reading “Maeve Binchy”

Visual Poetry

What is ‘Visual’ poetry (sometimes referred to as concrete poetry) it is written to resemble a shape usually reflecting the subject of the poem. So in visual poetry the art is in the visual arrangement of text, images or symbols. George Starbuck’s poem: ‘Sonnet in the Shape Of A Potted Christmas Tree’ is a perfectContinue reading “Visual Poetry”

Comic Verse

Humorous verse usually presents extraordinary or fantastical situations for entertainment, often focussing on the way words sound. There are no fixed rules around it either in the rhyme or rhythm but hopefully it sounds good when read out loud! The one below, is by one of favourite comedians and writers Spike Milligan (1918–2002), it hasContinue reading “Comic Verse”

Art of Editing

It was no accident that the ancient Greeks and Romans used wax tablets for writing: the tablet was made of wood and covered with a layer of wax, writing on the surface was performed with a pointed instrument, a stylus – words we are familiar with today! The entire tablet could be erased by heatingContinue reading “Art of Editing”