Bits of pieces cropping up at the end of the year -I was very pleased to have two poems – Addressing the Weather and Honeycomb – accepted by Alba, a very good webjournal that specialises in short poems.
How wonderful is the new Kate Bush album? I mean to say I’ve been a fan since Hounds of Love but she’s still got this rare ability to innovate, surprise and delight decade after decade.
This has been the year for reading and re-reading – have discovered and re-discovered so many good books this year. Particularly loved the miniature silver-covered Penguin classics series – I just like miniature books. I have a phobia of collected works – give me the edit. It was nice to re-read some old favourites in this form – great stories like A Distant Episode, Children on Their Birthdays and La Grosse Fifi.
Was very pleased to see that my poem, The Lazarus Dream has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize.
Also a year of re-connecting with films after several years of feeling disaffected with going to the cinema, though having said that some of the best stuff I saw this year was watched at home. For some reason I’ve been pushing in a slightly gothic direction of late – all of the highlights are ghost/horror films – The Innocents, The Haunting and even the everso ridiculous Insidious (gas-mask seance hello) which for all its flaws has a little terror going on.