Howard’s Poetry

News in VerseNavigating the Maze

A relative newcomer to poetry, I have had a few poems published, and regularly read at events in the wonderful poetry community centred on Cheltenham. Apart from creating song lyrics, I had little interest in writing poetry until my wife, Marilyn, won a prize in  Buzzwords’ annual poetry contest in 2011.

After that Marilyn started dragging me, as a willing sidekick, to Buzzwords’ monthly poetry sessions. I was instantly hooked — by the friendly Buzzwords community created by Angela France, the workshops, the accomplished visiting poets, and the quality open mic. Soon, I  followed Marilyn to Cheltenham Poetry Society and  Cheltenham Poetry Festival. In what now seems a flash, I became a contributing poet and one of the Festival management team in 2014. In the last few years, cancer and covid were harsh distractions that caused some cutting back of my involvement. Now I concentrate on publishing poetry in print and online for the Festival through the medium of ezine.

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