I’m pleased to see my poem, Birthstone, on Swift Exit today (see link below). The poem will also be included in their forthcoming anthology.
Today I received a copy of a book about Birmingham which includes my poem, Birmingham Is. Two lovely poetry presents in one day!
I have some exciting events coming up which you may be interested to hear about.
Next Tuesday evening, I’m MC at a prestigious event for the Rugby World Cup, in the Rugby Village fanzone. I’ll be doing 20 minutes of poetry with some music and introducing two other featured poets, Tony Walsh aka Longfella and Dave Reeves (who bellows), plus 6 local writers.
See http://www.enjoyrugby.co.uk/enjoyrugby/events/event/30/poets_in_touch for further details.
One of my duties as The Worcestershire Poet Laureate is to put on an event for National Poetry Day, Thursday October 8th. So I’m presenting “Light and Shade” at the Museum of Carpet in Kidderminster, jointly promoted by Worcestershire LitFest http://worcslitfest.co.uk/ and the Museum http://museumofcarpet.org
On Wednesday November 11th, my book Weaving Yarns is being launched, published by Black Pear Press. This is also at the Museum of Carpet, Stour Vale Mill, Green Street, Kidderminster DY10 1AZ.
Lots to be excited about!
In my capacity as The Worcestershire Poet Laureate, I ran a National Poetry Day competition for Worcestershire poets. The results have just been announced, and there’s chance to vote for your favourite of four poems which didn’t quite make the top three. See http://worcslitfest.co.uk/litfest-npd-competition-update-and-poll/
Elena Thomas has asked me to post my gherkin poem which I wrote after sitting in a Worcester pub with poets Sarah James and Angela Topping. Since all three of them are featuring at my next Mouth and Music event (on Tuesday 8th September) how could I refuse?
A poem about the gherkin
for Sarah James & Angela Topping
You are smerkin
at a gherkin
that is lerkin
on her platter
How I ferkin
hate the gherkin,
I am werkin
to ban the gherkin,
stop ’em lerkin
on our platters!
Take that, gherkin!
I’ll go berserk in
what really matters!
© Heather Wastie
Elena says I used up all the rhymes. Since writing it, I have been given a couple of suggestions for rhymes I missed. All I can say is, I’m glad I hadn’t thought of them.
Have a nice day
and please keep the gherkins at bay.