Thrilled to have work featured in issue 3 of semicolon literary journal




The lovely folk at semicolon literary journal have selected my 3D mixed media artwork ‘Inside’, for inclusion within issue 3 of their online journal.
(Available from 26 January 2020)

Issue 3 features poetry by: Diane Callahan, Joshua Clayton, Josefine Stargardt,
Elizabeth Horner Turner and Daniyel Wiggins.

Non fiction work by: Michael Colbert, Paul Dickerson and Montana Leigh Jackson.

Fiction by: Annie Blake, Clayton Krollman and Megan Murphy.

Visual art by: Emily Bourne, Edward Lee, Melissa Newcity and Suzanne Olivante.

You can find out more about the journal, the contributors and download your free copy


Poetry Book for Children on the Topic of the Monarchy of the United Kingdom


Which ruthless Queen enjoyed toasting people to a crisp? Whose reign lasted only nine days and which King trained his pet monkey to give rude gestures?

‘The Head That Wears a Crown: Poems About Kings and Queens’ (published 2019), is an illustrated anthology for children, aged eight plus. Published by the award winning Emma Press, the selected poems are written in a variety of poetic styles, with dramatic and often humourous interpretations, rather than factually precise accounts about the monarchy. Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Dai’an Wright, the anthology includes poems by:

Aileen Ballantyne, Meghan Ballard, Melanie Branton, Carole Bromley,
Jane Burn, John Canfield, Mary Anne Clark, Rebecca Colby,
Shauna Darling Robertson, Dharmavadana, Julie Anne Douglas,
Matthew Haigh, Jack Houston, Kirsten Irving,
Anna Kisby,
David McKelvie, Emma Rose Millar, Fiona Mills, Brian Moses,
Laura Mucha, Alan Murphy, Rachael M Nicholas, Richard O’Brien,
Suzanne Olivante, Catherine Olver, Kate O’Neil,
John H Rice,
Catherine Rockwood, Toby Sligo, Jennifer Watson,
Jeremy Wikeley,
Kate Wise, Elli Woollard and Ros Woolner.

Peppered throughout the book, you will find educational facts relating to members of the British, Scottish and Irish monarchy. The anthology also includes an interview with historian Dr Kate Wise and guidance from editor Rachel Piercey, on how to write your own poem. The gorgeous crown illustration on the front cover, shines with gold leaf foiling. The large print and wide page format all add to the attraction factor for children.

As you travel back in time, over 2000 years, you can learn the Muddy Marching Song or The Song of the Spider, read old letters and Queen Victoria’s Tweets.
Adults will doubtless enjoy reading the poems aloud to children, (adding the voices of course) and together, discovering the quirky and fascinating Kings and Queens of long ago.

You can order the book direct from The Emma Press
your local independent book store, or online book stores.



Global Poetry Writing Month


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Hooray! It’s only 2 weeks until GloPoWriMo and NaPoWriMo. I’m looking forward to reading your poetry on WordPress next month.

I just wanted to let you know that I will not be posting writing prompts this year, as
I have other priorities and I also want to concentrate on taking part in the month-long challenge.

If you find yourself stuck for prompts, you can still find my GloPoWriMo prompts from 2018 on my blog. I also post writing prompts on TWITTER every Monday. These are offered via shared artworks, photographs, videos, and short animated films.

Good luck with the challenge.


The Charles Causley Trust – Call Out for Poetry Submissions: Young People’s Poetry Prize (Cornish residents only)



Dear Poets, 

The Charles Causley Trust invite you to submit your poetry for the Young People’s Poetry Prize 2018. This year’s theme is ‘the Cornish countryside.’

There are three entry levels:

Category A for children aged 5 to 11

Category B for young people (in Secondary education) aged 11 to 16

Category C for young people aged 16 to 18

You must live in Cornwall. 
Closing date: Friday 20th July 2018

Good luck!

Download an entry form and find out more
from The Charles Causley Trust

Day 30 – Your #NaPoWriMo #GloPoWriMo Photo Poetry Prompt for today (Theme: 4 photos)






— **Random Imagery to Ignite Your Thinkery** —


Today’s theme: Abandoned buildings — Ruins, Derelict, Haunted, History, Post war, Atlantis/Machu Pichu/Other …

Image 1 Source

Image 2 Source

Image 3 Source

Image 4 Source


What a busy month it’s been. I hope that you have found some of the photo prompts appealing and inspiring during the global poetry writing challenge. It’s been a pleasure selecting them for you and reading your work.

My usual Monday Motivation writing prompts, (a variety of words and images), will recommence from May, on Twitter at 06:30 and 17:00 (UK time) at OlivantePoetry

Happy writing and my best wishes,


Day 30 of Global Poetry Month – Thank You


GloPoWriMo end of event Thank you

Thank you to all of the poets that have utilised my Photo Poetry Prompts during
Global Poetry Month. I hope you found some of them appealing and inspiring. I had fun selecting them for you. I do hope we can stay connected on WordPress/Twitter.

My usual #MondayMotivation  resume next Monday on Twitter @OlivantePoetry

my best wishes to you,