Juliet Wilson's Blog

July 27, 2016

I've not really used this blog much recently, have I?

I thought I'd pop in to say I'm delighted to have a new poem up on the Gnarled Oak website. You can read it here: http://gnarledoak.org/issue-9/the-ele...

If you want to read more that I blog about, you can find me at http://craftygreenpoet.blogspot.com where I blog most days!
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Published on July 27, 2016 11:49 • 85 views • Tags: poetry

January 8, 2015

I was delighted today when a copy of The Sun Breaks Through arrived on my door mat. This is the long awaited anthology of writing from the Write On Course (based at the Ripple Project in Lochend). I currently teach the Write On Course and was delighted to edit this anthology that contains wonderful poetry and short stories from class members.

A Bit of a Breeze by Dot Stuart follows an autumn leaf as it floats above Edinburgh to finally land in the Lochend Community Garden.

In The Most Amazing Thing Happened Kathleen Byron shows us how the tar sands of Canada affect the surrounding communities

We meet an unusual and melancholy character in Louise Bankhead's The Wooden Peg

St Jane is a poem from Elaine Pomeransky about a Scottish nurse who died in Auschwitz

Margaret Bruce tells us the story of a missing person in I Was Alarmed

[at falling tide on islay] is an atmospheric poem from Louise Bankhead

Everything is not quite as it seems in Kathleen Byron's Where Did You Hide the Body?

The Trams are just the starting point for Dot Stuart's story of reminiscences

and finally Lindsay Oliver shares a story I Love Leith.

The anthology costs £3 and is available from the Ripple Project (http://www.rippleproject.co.uk/.
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Published on January 08, 2015 06:20 • 63 views

July 11, 2014

I'm delighted to be on the panel for Walk on the Wild Side, a literary salon at 6.30, Friday 25 July at the Golden Hare bookshop, West Bow in Edinburgh.

The main speaker for the evening will be the brilliant Scottish environmentalist Clifton Bain, Director at IUCN UK Peatland Programme and author of The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland - a travellers guide (available from Sandstone Press).

I will be talking briefly about nature and inspiration and probably reading a couple of poems too.

The event is free, but places are limited so reserve a spot in store or on Eventbrite (http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-walk-...) to avoid disappointment!
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Published on July 11, 2014 03:57 • 54 views

May 20, 2014

I'm giving away a pdf of my poetry pamphlet Bougainvillea Dancing plus a jpeg of the photo used on the cover.

The giveaway is open until midnight GMT on 30 June 2014.
The giveaway is open to anyone in the world.

Find out more on my blog http://craftygreenpoet.blogspot.co.uk...
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Published on May 20, 2014 04:57 • 49 views • Tags: bougainvillea-dancing, giveaway, poetry, published

May 19, 2014

My book Bougainvillea Dancing is now available to download from Lulu.com. It costs £5 of which 10% of the proceeds will go to VSO for their work in Malawi.

Bougainvillea Dancing includes poetry, prose and photos inspired by the two years I lived in Malawi.

You can buy it from Lulu here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/juliet-wilso...
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Published on May 19, 2014 07:48 • 53 views • Tags: bougainvillea-dancing, poetry, published

April 22, 2014

I taught sciences in Malawi between 1990 - 1992 as a VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) volunteer. My first poetry pamphlet Bougainvillea Dancing, published 2002, raised money for charities working in Malawi. The original pamphlet is sold out now, but I was delighted that Chris Crittenden reviewed it recently on Owl Who Laughs (http://owlwholaughs.blogspot.co.uk/20...).

Most of the poems in 'Bougainvillea Dancing' focussed on Africa, but many of them were unrelated to that continent. I've just put together an updated version of this pamphlet, removing all the poems unrelated to Africa and adding in more poems on African topics, plus a couple of prose pieces and some photos. This is now available as a pdf to download from the Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/listing/18650323...).

If you don't want to shop via Etsy there are alternative ways to pay for this book:

a) via Paypal
b) if you're in the UK, you can pay by cheque.

Please email me on juliet.m.wilsonATgmailDOTcom for details.

10% of proceeds from this publication will go to VSO for their work in Africa.

VSO’s programme in Malawi concentrates on HIV and AIDS, health and social wellbeing, secure livelihoods (food security) and education in seven rural and remote districts. The districts were chosen due to their excessive poverty levels, high prevalence of HIV and AIDS, and low involvement of other international charities.
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Published on April 22, 2014 07:55 • 60 views • Tags: poetry

November 13, 2013

I've now sold out of my poetry pamphlet Unthinkable Skies!

You can still buy Unthinkable Skies from Calder Wood Press (http://www.calderwoodpress.co.uk/) or Wordpower Books (either via their website (http://www.word-power.co.uk/books/unt...) or from their shop at 43 - 45 West Nicholson Street, Edinburgh).

You can borrow Unthinkable Skies from the Scottish Poetry Library
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Published on November 13, 2013 07:59 • 87 views

January 7, 2013

If you love reading, you probably like a nice bookmark! I've been making several beaded bookmarks recently and they have a section to themselves over on my Etsy shop - why not pop over and take a look? http://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyGreenP...
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Published on January 07, 2013 07:57 • 97 views • Tags: bookmarks

December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas to everyone reading this!

It doesn't look like we'll get a white Christmas this year! However, my article on Edinburgh's Winter Wonderland has just been published on Lothian Life - you can read it here: http://www.lothianlife.co.uk/2012/12/....

This is my last in a series of four articles on seasonal wildlife in Edinburgh and the Lothians. You can access all four articles here: http://www.lothianlife.co.uk/author/j...
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Published on December 24, 2012 02:34 • 90 views • Tags: edinburgh, published, winter

December 16, 2012

I've been delighted to have been featured for the second week on Daily Haiku. You can read all my haiku on the site here: http://www.dailyhaiku.org/?s=haiku&am....
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Published on December 16, 2012 07:20 • 91 views • Tags: haiku, poetry, published