Jen

Blog 140: Navigating My Open Mic Through Covid-19.

Words and Music at MILK Café is one of Scotland’s longest running open mic nights, which I co-host with fellow poet Gayle Smith. It was founded by writer and former reporter Pamela Duncan, poet Janet Paisley and poet Hughie Healy in 1990. They met every month in Sammy Dow’s pub in the south side of […]

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Caitlin

Blog 135: Poetry & Writing Novels.

When reading a great book you will always come across a few lines or paragraphs that will make you pause for a moment, they will make you laugh, cry, gasp, look inwardly at yourself, and say ‘wow’.  These parts of the book are often quoted again and again by other readers in book reviews and […]

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Blog 107: The 100 Rejections Challenge Changed My Life.

For me, some silver linings of this terrible year have been that I‘ve had quite a few poems published in magazines and anthologies. One of my flash fictions was placed on a long list for the first time and my debut chapbook, Keep On Spinning, was published with small Scottish publisher Dreich Publishing. It came […]

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Caitlin

Blog 87: Writing A Haiku

You may be wondering; Haiku? What the heck is a haiku? A haiku is a very, very, short poem. So short in fact, that it only has three lines in English and a total of 17 syllables. The haiku originates from Japan and was previously called hokku, the name haiku came from the Japanese writer […]

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Blog 68: My Poetry Writing Process – Jen Hughes

I’ll usually tell my audience that I write poetry to make sense of the things that happen to me in my life, and then proceed to read poems about terrible art exhibitions and shows I’ve attended, but it’s really not that far from the actual truth. My poems are often inspired by real events, people, […]

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