Clever Clogs

Apparently when put under pressure to say something clever about performance poetry I managed this:

‘The performance poet is less like an actor or comedian and most like the church preacher or politician — who knows that there are many ways to skin a cat … humour, yes, but also anger, tragedy, joy … the political and the personal … strong emotions you can bring your audience along with.’

Does that sound like me? I don’t remeber saying that. Or even thinking it. Sounds good though!

Read the full article by Lydia ‘Knock ‘Em Dead’ Towsey documenting her Road to Freedom at Poetry Thursday.

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Sell Sell Sell

A catchy little 12 point guide to  selling your self as a professional writer by Meg Rosoff. My personal favourite…

‘Contrary to popular belief, editors and agents are gagging for good books.’

Meg Rosoff

Imagine you’re being paid 35k a year as an editor for Random House. You’ve got three kids, a husband / wife and a £350,000 a year mortage. Gagging is maybe too mild a word for how how desperate you are for good books.

You can probably boil down all 12 points to just one.

Write a good book.