Buy this book (please). No, really. I mean it.

I would prefer to give books away.

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Guest — Vishvantara
I have ordered my own copy and am now busy totalling up how many I would like to buy for friends as gifts! Can't wait to read it..... Read More
Sunday, 06 March 2016 09:57
Antony Mair
Dear Nell - delighted to say that a cheque was put in the post to you on Friday last, so chalk up another sale!
Sunday, 06 March 2016 14:18
Douglas Hall
Bought, read, inwardly digested and loved it. I now realise that I'm way too lazy to be a successful poet, which is rather liberat... Read More
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 18:24
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Relationships? It's complicated.

My grandmother had a fairly close relationship with a piano. I have an intimate relationship with an Imac.

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Guest — Elizabeth
"I, Helena, do take thee, Imac..."
Sunday, 28 February 2016 10:46
Guest — Nell Nelson
For better or worse, in sickness and in health, for poorer or poorer, so long as this one of us doth live. ;-)
Sunday, 28 February 2016 11:07
Marcia Menter
It's always annoying to deal with Microsoft Word in a Mac context. Word is an in-law, while Macs are family. Congratulations on th... Read More
Sunday, 28 February 2016 14:19
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WORKING WITH THE WORLD’S WORST AUTHOR

The yellow book has gone to print. I’m not sure how it got there and I want to get it back.

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Guest — Charlotte Gann
Brilliant! This had me laughing...
Sunday, 21 February 2016 08:35
Giles Turnbull
I am going to spend the rest of my life on an obsessive hunt for one of those How Not To Get Your Oetry Published editions! I will... Read More
Sunday, 21 February 2016 09:13
Jinny Fisher
Thank you, Nell! I'm looking forward to this, and not just to play "Spot the formatting stupid". I'm confident that that will be t... Read More
Sunday, 21 February 2016 12:07
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On Finalising the Book

Should anyone (I know it's unlikely) wonder where the blog has gone, it has gone into a chapter about blogging and taken my brain with it.

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Guest — Linda Goulden
Here is a little one. What if a competition says 'nothing which has already won a prize', but your poem only won a prize in open m... Read More
Sunday, 14 February 2016 10:27
Jinny Fisher
:-). Waving...
Sunday, 14 February 2016 10:29
Guest — Nell Nelson
What a good question! I have no idea. I think one would have to ask the competition organisers. This had never occurred to me.... Read More
Sunday, 14 February 2016 11:39
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On Writing The Book

So I’m half-way through How (Not) To Get Your Poetry Published, the new, enlarged, revised, authorised, homogenised edition containing the Answer To It All.

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Jinny Fisher
Really looking forward to the book, Nell. Have you set us a quiz? My guess is that "How to win the National Poetry Competition" is... Read More
Sunday, 31 January 2016 11:40
Guest — Nell Nelson
Correct, Jinny. But what a shame, eh?
Sunday, 31 January 2016 11:54
Guest — Annie Fisher
This is looking like a great read already Nell. The chapter (definitely needs a whole chapter) on how to win the National Poetry ... Read More
Sunday, 31 January 2016 11:58
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Ten Reasons for NOT reading today's HappenStance blog

1. Because you could read Fiona Moore’s blog instead.

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Guest — Fiona
Thanks Nell, I wondered why I was getting hits from Happenstance. Now I could try to write a poem but need to finish making the ma... Read More
Sunday, 24 January 2016 11:35
Guest — Frances Corkey Thompson
Nell, you always hearten. And make me laugh. And make me feel good about writing. So I'll go and do some when I've read Fiona Moor... Read More
Sunday, 24 January 2016 11:53
Guest
So now I have read Fiona's post TWICE - but Nell, you made me read it properly second time around. Thank you. Now (after Fiona M... Read More
Monday, 25 January 2016 09:25
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