Useful links

I sometimes add links to blogs but realised it would also be  useful to have them plus others on a single page.   They will be added to when I get  a round tuit (as they say) and no doubt may fall off over time.  Most will have links to other sites.   This ought to be a page not a post but it is a start.  Also havent yet checked the links work.  (Oh the shame of amateurism versus enthusiasm).  Many offer similar items such as poetical form but always the one you want.  Usually have examples, which is useful

There are thousands of sites and here but a sample………

All UK based (as far as aware)  unless country noted e.g. USA

blackbox manifold               Current poems and poets, online mag.  Uni. Sheffield site.             USA              A site for students and teachers.  Can be useful as a quick double/check on people and terms.      For full service there is a subscription.

Friends of Dymock Poets       Covers an area of beautiful countryside which attracted poets to live and visit, specifically supporting:  Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Wilfrid Gibson, Edward Thomas

Guardian Poetry page            Regular articles and reviews from this Guardian site.

Ivor Gurney Society               Composer and poet:  often considered a war poet (WW1) but he considered music and song as his priority.

John Clare Society                 John Clare possibly positioned himself as a ‘peasant poet’  for public consumption of the day.  Wrote a huge amount of poetry and natural history notes.   It is now possible to visit Clare’s Cottage in Helpston.

literacyadvisor                        Based in Scotland but a blog that is interesting for teachers, primary plus as information and links that could be useful to all at some time.

literature Wales                      Focused interest, I first looked for inf. on Alun Rees

National Poetry Day             Part of Forward Arts Foundation, see site for full range.

Poetry Book Society              Founded in 1953 by T.S. Eliot and friends

Poetry Foundation                USA:  Putting poetry into American culture.  Publish online poetry magazine.

Poem Hunter                          assumed USA        As it says; good way of finding poets and poems of all description.  Includes audio poems.

poetry pf home page              North London based.  Regular events  and listing of current poets and poems.

Robert Bloomfield Society      poet 1766-1823.  author of  The Farmer’s Boy

Shadow Poetry                         USA:  Another useful site, covering many styles of poetry with examples plus other resources.

The Victorian Web                  a superb site for literature and history et al of the Victorian period

War Poets Association       UK:   A good listing of names and work of War Poets plus relevant events and comments.  Not restricted to  era.   Seems a reasonably new site and likely to be another.  Pleased to see Vernon Scannell listed.


William Blake’s house for sale; help save it for the Nation

I have just found the item linked below, dated 11th September written by Alison Flood in Guardian, Culture section.   I find this part of Guardian’s output frequently interesting and stimulating also having just enough of a point of view to have me muttering  my own contrary thoughts on the subject into my beard.  Though, as I have no beard  (but often a lazy soft-stubble)  and my comments are usually ill-considered and based on limited knowledge of the subject, the quicker they disappear into the ether the better.

However, back to saving William Blake’s cottage for the Nation.   I have no hesitation in supporting this plea.   The uniqeness of William Blake as a man, poet and artist  has  fairly stood the test of time.   His work has survived and continues to offer us thought and inspiration so this is an ideal, maybe last, chance to secure another piece of the heritage of William Blake:

‘Crowdfunding campaign hopes to save William Blake’s cottage for nation’:

See latest item in the Guardian, linked to via booktrade link

The Blake Society has negotiated a reduction in the initial price but still needs to raise £520,000  by October 31st to ensure purchase of the property.  The Blake Society has its own members and  well-known literary supporters but the terribly short time allowable means a crowd-funding campaign is the most feasible way of  raising the money quickly.  This will launch on 19th September.

The cottage is in Felpham, Sussex. If (when!!) purchased it will be put into a charitable trust held in perpetuity for the benefit of the nation.

The Big Blake Project  (link) is a festival, founded by Rachel Searle which starts on 16th September.     As I type this I realise time is running out as it starts tomorrow!  You should look them up.  Events at St Mary’s Church in Felpham including talks, performances, music, poetry and art in the Old Reccory Gardens in Felpham.

I live a long way from Felpham, will not get there this year but am determined to visit because the imagination is a wonderful thing and a lot can be gained/felt by visiting such spots.   For me, my compass points are John Clare’s Cottage,  Gray’s churchyard and Milton’s Cottage.  No doubt these fall back into my childhood days but others still beckon.