Sonnets and Photoshop

A quick update on the new book whose title is … hehe not yet 🙂
I’ve been busy, really quite busy trying to get it as best I can. I now have all the poems in that I want in and I’m taking a cheesecake and coffee break from writing the first of a set of two sonnets and I’ve found the thing with sonnets is they take away my freedom to just release.
However, having said that, sonnet one I think has something but that’s just me, I do tend to like what I write or most of it anyway, for all I know though it could be a load of tosh! 🙁 I wrote a sonnet years and years ago and that was really bad, I had another go a couple of years back and it sort of worked but again terrible. I’ve been studying sonnets today and frying my brain so hopefully all will be well.
I also have the cover design sorted with the help of Photoshop, not that I know how to use the damn frustrating thing but I like the result and it is rather abstract which is what I wanted.
Right, where’s that cheesecake and coffee 👍😁

Meet Martin Shone, Sublime Poet and Thinker …

Diane Denton, author of Without the Veil Between, Anne Bronte, asked me if I would like to be interviewed for her blog and of course I said yes please!

Hope you enjoy reading 🙂

bardessdmdenton - author- artist

… who settles upon all things.

In my budding effort to open my blog to host others, today I am featuring Martin Shone, intuitive writer of poetry and prose, profound observationalist and thinker.

Martin lives in the UK and has three grown-up children and a four-year-old granddaughter. By day he works as a school cleaner where his mop and bucket are his tools, but in the evening he swaps those for his keyboard. He’s had various other jobs including Postman, Egg Packer, Security Guard, Soldier, Painter & Decorator, Retail Assistant, and General Dog’s Body, amongst other things. Fun fact: Considering he doesn’t own a TV or listen to the radio very often, he once applied to have a go at reading his poetry on the TV show Britain’s Got Talent. He didn’t get very far though, not even passing the first stage; nerves got the better of him and…

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Apologies, 5 Star Review & new book.

Hello all, I’m currently working on another collection of poems which will have a darker feel than After the Rain. I do have a title and theme but for now I’ll keep those to myself. I want to get as much done before I go back to work so I might be a bit quiet here, or I should say a bit quieter as I have been neglecting WordPress recently and I do apologise if I haven’t been getting around to reading your posts.

In the meantime if you fancy reading a bit more of my poetry then After the Rain is now available in a New Edition with a few poetic alterations inside plus a 5 star review on the back cover from author DM Denton, author of ‘Without the Veil Between, Anne Brontë’, who says I sometimes remind her of the Victorian poetess Christina Rossetti. The book contains over 100 poems and is available either from my Self-Publishing site here http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Martin_Shone or from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other online stores.

Thank you all very much for your support.

After the Rain New Edition

Indra’s Net, an international anthology of poetry in aid of The Book Bus.

I am very happy to sit amongst so many talented poets within this international anthology of poetry called Indra’s Net. The book is in aid of The Book Bus http://www.thebookbus.org/, a charity which aims to improve child literacy rates in Africa, Asia and South America by providing children with books and the inspiration to read them.

All profits from the sales of Indra’s Net, published by Bennison Books, will go to The Book Bus.

Featuring in this anthology are poets from a number of different countries worldwide and if you buy this book not only will your purchase help to hand on the pleasure and power of language but you will also enjoy a wonderful variety of poems.

We have donated our poetry free of charge so all profits will go to The Book Bus.

Bennison Books

http://www.thebookbus.org/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1999740807/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk

Indra's Net

The Book Bus

One in six adults around the world have come through childhood unable to read or write, due mainly to a lack of books and opportunity to read. The Book Bus was founded by publisher Tom Maschler with the aim of supplying books and making them accessible to children to help get more children reading and therefore be able to make more choices about their own lives.

In 2008 the Book Bus began delivering books to schools in Zambia and working with children to inspire them to read. The Book Bus has opened reading schemes in Zambia, Malawi, and Ecuador where over 100,000 children now have books that are relevant and accessible to read.

www.thebookbus.org

W.O.L.F

Hello everyone!

I’ve not been on WordPress for a while, work has been rather hectic and tiring these past couple of months. I have plenty of your email posts to catch up with too!

Now, you may be wondering what W.O.L.F stands for in the title. Let me shed some light and give you some exciting and also terrifying news too.

My home town of Wolverhampton is hosting its first ever literature festival on Friday 27th January to Sunday 29th January 2017 and it’s called:

Wolverhampton Original Literature Festival

I was asked if I would like to read some of my poetry and I must say I was rather apprehensive but I said yes! So on Saturday the 28th January 2017 at 4.15pm me and four other writers are sharing a two hour slot and we’ll each have about 20 minutes reading time.

It’s a really exciting thing to be a part of but also I am quite terrified about it all! I’ve got a headache just thinking about it but I want to do it, I reckon it will be fun 🙂

This is where it’s happening and the other four performers: Arun Kapur, Abda Khan, Romalyn Ante and Sabbi Kaur

http://www.wolvesliteraturefestival.co.uk/arun-kapur/4593335808

YIKES! And I thought Open Mic Nights in my local pub were scary!