Now, I’m not one for blowing my own trumpet – I’m not even sure I have a trumpet to blow, to be honest – but I can recognise a fine musical instrument in others, if you know what I mean.
A few years ago, I enrolled in a creative writing course, chiefly as after completing a first draft of a novel, I realised I wasn’t actually very good at writing and if I was to suceed in becoming an author I needed to get a damn sight better at it – quickly.
As it was a distance learning course (thank you, Open University!) there were several online forums associated with it and through one of these I was introduced to a fantastically talented and enthusiastic group of fiction writers and poets. Together we decided to to write a charity anthology and with a lot of hard work and not a little chutzpah (especially on behalf of the member who managed to get a forward written by Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes) Still Me was picked up by an indie publisher and has since gone on to raise a nice chunk of cash for the Alzheimers Society.
Why do I mention this?
Well, among the fantastic group of writers was the very talented poet and author
Lightly comic, tragic, beautiful, and with a strong Scots lilt, Maureen’s poetry never ceases to dazzle me, and as she doesn’t have a social media platform of her own, I thought I’d stand on my WordPress rooftop and blow her trumpet for her.
And if you’re anywhere near Much Wenlock on 24th April, Maureen and the other talents featured in Primers Volume One will be reading at the Wenlock Poetry Festival.
Any support you can give to a very gifted poet and lovely person, will be amazing.