Wednesday, 20 September 2017

'The Holy Place' chapbook, Published Poetry and CV

Welcome ...

This blog is an ongoing experiment. I am hoping it will enable me to keep abreast of my published poetry and related activities. I am using it to supplement the more static information on my website. The ('blogpost published') dates against each post, initial post apart, are often of little significance.

Editors and others: if you see a poem title on this blog that might fit with an anthology theme or be of interest in some way, please feel free to contact me via the comments box or via the email on my profile page here. Thank you. 

Please see below for The Holy Place chapbook, Published Poems, Readings etc.

The poem is here



Forthcoming Events, Gigs, Readings etc.

September 2017
  • Alde Valley Festival (Cornucopia) - a poetry event with Suffolk Poetry Society and Rebecca Goss

Published Poems, Readings etc.

September 2017
  •  Poems published in Metverse Muse, #47-49 (ed. Dr. H. Tulsi, Visakhapatnam, India): 'A Wand of Willow' [14/2016] and 'Bissoe Valley' [5/2016] 
  • I took part in a wildlife/natural world 'Spirit of the Stour' Festival reading at a Poetry Recital in The Munnings Museum on Friday 8 September at 18.30 hrs. The event was arranged by Dr Tim Gardiner, 2017 Poet-in-Residence at the museum. The readers were Ian Griffiths, Sue Wallace-Shaddad, Rebecca Goss, Judith Wolton, Alex Davis, Alex Toms, David Gill, Matt Annis, Emily Hasler, Gerry Donlon and Caroline Gill. Poems in my set: 'Bright August Blues' [17/2015], 'Pepys Island' [12/2014], 'Moonshine' (Snowy Owl) [23/2010] and 'Migrant Hawker' [23/2012].  
  • My poem, 'Penwith Finger Stone' [20/2017], has been awarded Third Prize in the Milestones Competition, run by Write Out Loud on behalf of the Milestone Society and judged by Brian Patten (whose anthology, 'The Mersey Sound', co-authored with Roger McGough and Adrian Henri has just has its 50th anniversary). 
  • 'collecting dulse' [22/2017] has been published in The Cherita #3 (eBook 2017 vol i. Find Me) p.188...

August 2017
  • My poem, 'Pareidolia People' [11/2017], was published in the August edition of Reach Poetry, #227, Indigo Dreams Publishing.   

July 2017
  • Guest reader at 'Poems at The Deanery' in Bury St Edmunds. I invited David (Gill) to join me as my guest reader. The evening was hosted by Michael Apichella and Maria Apichella. 
  • 'Tanka: a broken bottle' [16/2011] was published in The Colour of Poetry (a visual anthology by disabled writers and artists facilitated by arts care and supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Health and Social Care Trust).

June 2017
  • 'Hawker's Hut' [25/2016] has been published in the June edition of Reach Poetry #225, Indigo Dreams Publishing.
  • 6 June: read my anti-slavery poem, 'Trade Winds' [33/2009], at the Ipswich Poetry Cafe (theme: liberation), which took place in the beautifully restored church of St Mary at the Quay, now known as Quay Place.  

May 2017
  • Attended the launch of the Stanley Spencer Poems, An Anthology (published by Two Rivers Press) at the Cookham Festival. I read my anthology poem, 'On Reflection' [22/2016], in response to Spencer's painting, 'The Harbour, St Ives'.  
  • Attended the 4th Festival of Suffolk Poetry and read 'A Drop in the Ocean' [20/2016] [22/2016]. I enjoyed a workshop on music and poetry led by Gregory Warren Wilson. Terry Waite CBE was one of the guest Festival Readers. 
  • My poem, 'Scales of Sorrow' [12/2017], paired with Jongo Park's artwork, 'Voice of the Sea', has been published in the 2017 eBook anthology of the Immagine e Poesia movement. Huguette Bertrand and Lidia Chiarelli were the editors. 
  • I read '1st May: Red Kite at Strata Florida' [6/2017] at Arlington's Poetry Cafe on 2nd May. 
  • Two poems, [25/2016] and [11/2017] accepted for Reach Poetry, Indigo Dreams Publishing.

 April 2017
  • 'Lost' [6/2017] has been published in Reach Poetry #223, Indigo Dreams Publishing. I read this poem at Arlington's Poetry Cafe on 4 April. 
  • Awarded Third Prize for my kyrielle, 'Grace and Gratitude' [30/2015], in the Best Fixed Form Poet of the Year Competition for Metverse Muse (ed. Dr. H. Tulsi, India). 
  • 'First Pressing, Hadrian's Villa' [14/2017] has received a Highly Commended in the Binsted Arts 'Harvest' Competition.  

March 2017
  • 'Shepherd's Hut, Sutton Hoo' [20/2015] was published in advance of UNESCO World Poetry Day in a Saturday supplement of poems from East Anglia in the EADT/EDP for 18 March 2017.
  • Two poems, [6/2017] and [31/2015],have been accepted for publication in Reach Poetry, Indigo Dreams Publishing.
  • Four short poems [3/2016], namely three Tanka, 'sunfish and dolphins', 'ripples...' and 'your song...' - plus one Haiku, 'twilight walk', have been published in wild voices, an anthology of short poetry and art by women, edited by Caroline Skanne of wildfower poetry press
  • I read 'Lament of a Lewis Chessman' [23/2010] at the Suffolk Poetry Society AGM.   

February 2017
  • I am the poet in profile in the 'Poet Profile' slot in the current edition of The Seventh Quarry #25 (winter/spring 2017, ed. Peter Thabit Jones) on p.39. My piece includes an interview and four of my poems - [8/2014], [17/2015], [24/2016] and [1/2017].
  • 'Salubrious Passage' [16/2016], published in Reach Poetry #221, Indigo Dreams Publishing.
  • 'On Reflection' [22/2016] to be published in the (Cookham Festival) Stanley Spencer Poetry Anthology.

January 2017
  • 'Barn Owl, Flatford' [2/2016], published in Reach Poetry #219, Indigo Dreams Publishing, took Second Place (£15 prize) in the Readers' Votes for the December issue.  
  • I received a 'Commended' in the 2016 Indigo Dreams Publishing Pamphlet Prize.  
  • 'Paper Princess' [26/2013] published in Star Tips 117 (ed. Wendy Webb) 
2016 Poetry Summary - here
2015 Poetry Summary - here
2014 Poetry Summary - here
2013 Poetry Summary - here
2012 Poetry Summary - here
2011 Poetry Summary - here
For Awards, Photography, Art and older CV items, please click here. 

To buy a copy of The Holy Place, please click here

Publication of 'The Holy Place' by John Dotson and Caroline Gill
The Holy Place Launch Reading, 2012: co-author John Dotson,
publisher Peter Thabit Jones and me, Dylan Thomas Birthplace, Swansea

Reviews of Caroline's Poetry

“Caroline Gill’s poems are written with an unerring sense of appropriate form. This makes her perception of landscapes and seas emerge all the more powerfully, as she explores places in people and people in places, the ‘rocks and stones and trees’ of Wordsworth’s poem. The effect is that of an enquiring, exciting mind, disciplined and accurate, yet also open to the magical and mysterious that lies just beneath the surface.” 
J.R. Watson, University of Durham, 2012

“Caroline has eighteen poems in a chapbook, 'The Holy Place' ... I really enjoyed reading them and am sure you will too."  
Ronnie Goodyer, Editor of Indigo Dreams Publishing, in 'Reach Poetry', #170, 2012

I would like to single out the way [Caroline] uses Scottish vocabulary so effectively in a poem called 'The Ceilidh House', which gives a very strong impression of storytelling on Skye ... Complex but clear, Caroline Gill's writing is never wrongfooted."
Sally Evans, Editor of Poetry Scotland, 2013 

There is rhyming musicality ... in Caroline Gill's pi├Ęce de r├ęsistance, 'Rhossili: Writing the Worm', a magnificent 8-verse poem ... This elegant poem is so very finely crafted and it virtually 'sings' throughout its 8-verse setting ... Here indeed is a fascinating joint-collection ['The Holy Place']."
Bernard Jackson, Reviews Editor for Quantum Leap, #69, 2013  

Caroline is a bit of a rarity these days in that she writes formal poetry and writes it well."
Juliet Wilson, Editor of 'Bolts of Silk', Blogger at 'Crafty Green Poet', 2013

The best poems here [in Caroline's half] are when she combines this close observation of nature with a keen sensitivity to the history and landscape of Wales (and sometimes further afield). 'Preseli Blue', for example, eulogises “the stone that sings of hiraeth” in 16 well-honed lines, while 'Rhossili: Writing The Worm', is the highlight, metrically-surefooted and musical ..."
Matt Merritt, Blogger at 'Polyolbion', 7 April 2013  

For anyone who has a close involvement and appreciation of nature, place and history, this is an inspiring collection."
Ian Griffiths, Editor of 'Twelve Rivers', publication of The Suffolk Poetry Society, 2013
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To buy a copy of The Holy Place, please click here.  
Copies are £3.50 inc. p&p in the UK.  
For online reviews of The Holy Place, please click here

2016 Poetry Summary - here
2015 Poetry Summary - here
2014 Poetry Summary - here
2013 Poetry Summary - here
2012 Poetry Summary - here
2011 Poetry Summary - here

For Awards, Photography, Art and older CV items, please click here.