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Posted over 5 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Country cowboys wrestle with winter. We're cowboys at country living, totally incompetent. There are wet logs drying in the oven. There must be some word that describes the uselessness of using energy to produce energy. I don't think I can bring myself...

Posted over 5 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Snow, chills, herons and goldfish Well the snow's here at last. Arrived during the night as predicted, given the green light with all the warnings on tv, or should that read red light? I must admit I wondered what all the fuss was about, as snow is kind...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

New Canterbury Tales in performance 2nd October today! Autumn - my favourite season for its colours and nestling down, its preparations for winter. I like to think of it as a season for ideas to ferment, for planning in front of big log fires, of 'going...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Luigi Marchini Walking Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Dementia UK In the present hubbub of Olympic fever what stands out is the dedication, hard work and determination of those taking part, whatever background they come from. We're getting acquainted...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Poems from The Old Lookout by David Woolley and Ann Gray Broadstairs sweeping through the Garden of England I'm going back thirty years, remembering how my youngest neice loved this place, how my father hated it, how Fleming so gloriously described the...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

A week at the Old Lookout Gallery Well that was an experience ! After weeks of preparation, dusting off the artwork I'd done in the 80s, sewing away merrily - well not always, many times I cursed when I couldn't see to thread the needle or the bobbin...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Poet in Residence, Old Lookout Gallery The Old Lookout Gallery, Sunday 1st July. Half-way through my residence already. So far more than 150 people have climbed the rickety wooden steps up to the gallery. Here in this timbered loft-type room where fishermen...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Poetry, Life, Art on Broadstairs Pier From 28th June to 5th July I'll be exhibiting artwork, poetry and fabric craft at The Old Lookout Gallery on Broadstairs from 10-4 each day. Courtesy of Christ Church University College who offers the space to artists...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Poetry in Southsea and Out of Bounds Isn't it wonderful when things go well? When they go as planned and the sun shines and you drive along to a poetry gig and everything works out? Well so it was on my visit to Southsea for my slot as Guest Poet at Tongues...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Discovering books in charity shops I've been reading some excellent books lately. Have almost read everything by Isabel Allende, and through my habit of browsing charity shops have accumulated a harvest of books I'm reaping through. I found a paperback...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Writers and Words in Canterbury So there I was in Canterbury waiting for my lift up to the uni to see/hear Will Self . The Tuesday readings offer a fantastic range of writers; the week before I'd had the privelege of listening to Patrick and Henry Cockburn...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

A birthday week around Canterbury "My teacher's rubbish," my grand-daughter says on the way to Canterbury. Through the bus window the snow was still thick on the hills. "Doesn't teach us anything. I can honestly say she's the worst teacher I've ever had...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Kent poets, musicians and dancer on stage in Deal On Weds 15th Feb I'll be taking part in a collaborative poetry performance with Kent poets and musicians Vicky Wilson, Frances Knight, Cathy Richards and Felicity Brookesmith. Joining us will be my daughter...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Teasing words from The Write Women It's been some time since I ran a workshop for my group, Thanet's Write Women. Living part of my life in Wales doesn't allow me to take part in regular monthly get-togethers, and this week was the first I'd been able...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Reflections on a bus journey So I left the lovable chaos of the grandchildren for a literary evening. The Explorer bus ticket priced £5.80 is great value - by bus and train it would cost £16. When you're an unwaged writer these things matter...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Blowing the trumpet for local writers My neice Lizzie facebooked me the other day. (The language 'facebooked' me!) Aunt Maggie you're in the paper !. And sure enough there I was, a photo taken some two years ago, that I had no idea was going to be used...

Posted over 6 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Writing Workshops near Ramsgate Harbour Last Sunday, 22nd Jan, saw the first writing workshop in Ramsgate between myself and Jane Wenham-Jones, novelist, journalist, public speaker and now actress. (Jane is in Terence Rattigan's Separate Tables at The...

Posted over 7 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

From Poet to Prose Writer: Maggie Harris' new book At last! it's taken five year! Five years of pondering, reflection, research, and angst! But on August 1st, 42 years after I emigrated to the UK from Guyana, my memoir, Kiskadee Girl, my first major work...

Posted over 7 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Writers in Thanet strut their stuff and a poet gets brazen What a talented bunch we all are! Inscribing the Island Literature had its first net-working event last Friday - the Thanet Writers Launch Party. Funded by East kent Live Lit and KCC, Hilderstone...

Posted over 7 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Literary doings on the Islae of Thanet Have sadly neglected this blog - busy with funding applications and teaching duties - but... Poetry is alive and kicking in Thanet and the party has only just started. The Inscribing the Island Literature Festival...

Posted over 7 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

musings on travelling and Christmas A comedian recently quipped he heard the same 15 Christmas songs each year. Well yes, the old faithfuls and a few relatively new ones do crop up again and again. Travelling from Wales to Kent for Christmas on the train...

Posted over 8 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

making do and making when poetry isn't enough Technology and me don't mix. Ask my partner about computers that freeze when I touch them, washing machines that refuse to start, phones that pretend they're busy. I spent two days writing my last blog and...

Posted over 8 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

Poet finds herself gainfully employed and takes a trip to Dreamland Fresh from the Canterbury Poetry Slam! What a fab evening! and congratulations to Canterbury Festival,East Kent Live Lit. Apples and Snakes and of course the poets! Zombies, Mannequins...

Posted over 8 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

the sound of words rippling across the land Thursday 7th October was National Poetry Day, and the evening was buzzing at the Dominican Priory in Canterbury where an audience of more than a hundred turned out to enjoy live readings from the short-listed...

Posted over 8 years ago by Maggie Harris with 0 comments

from Island Arts to the Sarah Thorne Theatre There's a thriving theatre in Broadstairs again: the Sarah Thorne Theatre, on the site of the Adult Education and Hilderstone College, is bringing live art to Broadstairs on a regular basis. The Adult Education...