Sunday, 26 October 2008

poetry & friends

Dear Literati

Now that autumn has arrived in London, what better way to spend the chilly weekends than at home under the duvet reading poetry? I say, it beats Christmas shopping on Oxford Street - what a dump, fo' reals.

My former writing professor, friend, and award-winning poet Susan Rich has been shortlisted for the Times Literary Supplement Poetry Competition. Vote for her poem Different Places to Pray (selection E) by clicking here. There are eleven other entrants but Susan's is the best. Now, now, don't feel pressured, you can vote for two poems!

Here she is below, with her lovely smile, reading at my favourite bookshop in Seattle, The Elliot Bay Book Company.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Art by Peter Ursem

The Mister and I recently went to Candid Galleries in Angel where we purchased a lovely lino print by Peter Ursem, an artist from Dorset.

His prints include beautifully crafted landscapes of the country. They almost make me want to leave the city, but I've become attached to the urban mayhem.

We didn't get the one pictured here (ahem*christmaspresent*ahem) but we did get one of a man and woman with the caption 'He always found the right thing to say about her new dress.'

Check out his website.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008