Year end blog

This is just a really quick, short blog to say thank you, wholeheartedly, for all your support and kindness this year. Thank you for sticking with me!

This year has been action-packed (and not always for poetic reasons) so I thought I’d take a moment to reflect and share just a few of the highlights from this year:

For me, the overall highlight of the year must be launching my debut collection, The Girl in the Dog-tooth Coat, with Bare Fiction in July this year. It’s a landmark I’d been daring to dream of for a little while before I was approached, but didn’t think would happen quite so soon. I’m very grateful for the creative guidance and beautiful production of the book itself from Robert Harper at Bare Fiction. Thank you to everyone who has bought it, shared it, read it, talked about it and made it happen through the original crowdfunder. I’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction to it and the generosity of you all.

One of the wonderful things that has happened through launching the book (and other things) has been the opportunity to go and read at venues and places I have never been to before. I’ve put faces to names, made new connections, gained new friends. I’ve heard and read some incredible, beautiful work that I might not have otherwise. I’ve learned a lot. And that’s always a good thing.

As a writer, it’s easy to forget that something you make at your desk in your one-bed flat can reach someone somewhere in the distance, maybe someone you haven’t even met yet. When Nadia King found a poem of mine in Popshot, she liked it enough to look me up (thankfully I’m easy to find) and she asked if she could interview me on her blog. I agreed, though it’s not something I’d ‘normally’ do and couldn’t be happier with the result.

Elbow Room is growing. My final highlight of the year has to be running the Elbow Room competition for the first time, finding incredible work and having our wonderful winner’s event in Battersea. There’s no denying it was extremely hard work, and I can’t quite believe we’re going to do it all again next year, but it was also an absolute joy.

And just finally, while I’m looking back, I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the places that have published my work this year including: HARK, Clear Poetry, The Fat Damsel, Nutshells & Nuggets, Belleville Park Pages, Obsessed with Pipework, The Yellow Chair Review, Lampeter Review, Anomaly, Haverthorn Magazine and Ink, Sweat & Tears.

2016 is already promising to keep me very busy indeed. As well as 2 collaborations in the first half of the year with 2 fabulous photographers, I have a book (but not quite as you know it) coming out with As Yet Untitled in late Autumn. Elbow Room is also going from strength to strength and continues to grow and blossom. As Yet Untitled, Elbow Room’s parent press, will be launching 3 books in the first year of our expansion. So there’s plenty to keep me out of mischief (or in it, depending on how you look at it).

With that in mind, I’m taking the next two weeks off for some rest, recuperation and some family time, getting ready for the adventures ahead. So don’t worry if I’m a little quiet for a bit.

That wasn’t quite a quick a blog as I’d thought, but thank you—for listening, for being part of the journey, for sticking with it.

Whatever you have planned for the holidays and the new year, I hope it’s a happy, healthy one.

Best wishes, Zelda x

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On joining the Elbow Room team…

Yes, it’s official… I’m now a part of the editorial team for Elbow Room!

When I first came across Elbow Room, I knew it was something I had to be involved in and, back in August, I was delighted to have some of my work printed in the very first volume of the magazine.

Now, just a couple of months later, I have been invited to be a part of this little micro press as part of the editorial team. Since I announced it on Twitter a few days ago, a few people have asked me why I was so eager to get involved, so I thought I would share with you some thoughts on joining the team…

Firstly, I loved the concept of Elbow Room from the very beginning. I have been involved in other projects and magazines (such as Popshot) in which poetry is placed alongside illustration and other art forms, and for me, that’s something that really excites me. No art form stands alone, separate from its counterparts. Creativity breeds creativity and each person has their own way of exploring and expressing their reactions to the world around them, whether that’s with words or film or paint or sound. And I really like the idea of bringing all those different ways of looking at the world, of re-interpreting the world, and putting them alongside each other. It creates a dialogue. And I think that’s a good thing.

Secondly, in the small presses (and micro presses such as this one) there is a lot of risk involved. A lot of good risk. Small presses are exciting because they are places where new work is seen for the first time, experiments are made, risks are taken, boundaries and rules bent and broken. They are places where new voices are given a platform. They are full of innovation. They are full of unseen things, previously hidden things, little gems waiting to be discovered. And most of all, they are passionate about what they do. Everything, in my opinion, that art, in all its forms and guises, should be about.

And lastly, most importantly, it’s bloody good fun!

I’m so glad to be a part of this particular little micro press and cannot wait to get sifting through the submissions!  There’s still time to get your work in the next issue, so if you want to be involved, make sure you check out the Elbow Room blog for details.

5 Poems, 3 Photographs, 1 Anthology

Around this time last year, my poem, Hastings Pier, was commended in the Earlyworks Press poetry competition.

Now, I am happy to announce that it has been included in the Stories of St Leonards anthology (Earlyworks Press) along with four other poems.  The anthology will also include three of my photographs.

Packed full of poems, stories and photographs, the anthology was officially launches in Hastings today and is available to purchase here.

Quick catch up!

I’ve been really busy over the summer working on lots of new writing and it’s been great to be producing again! I’m hoping there will be a few little things coming to fruition in the next few months so keep looking out for updates!

This summer has been really productive, with plenty of highlights, so here’s just a few…

I’ve been really pleased to be a part of Elbow Room‘s first volume and blog. This weekend, it’s at the London Art Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery, so if you’re around, go check it out!

I’ve also had a little poem featured as part of the London Lit Project. It’s a great project, especially if you have any sort of link to London, and I thoroughly recommend you go and browse through some of the lovely moments recorded there.

South Bank Poetry also published a poem from me in their summer edition (issue 13). The same poem will also be featured as part of the Subversive Image Exhibition later in the year. Watch the space!

Coming up, I have a new poem in the latest edition of Popshot Magazine. I am delighted to be a part of this again this year (having also had a poem in their April edition) and am really looking forward to seeing what the illustrator makes of my words. Issue 8 of Popshot is out 1st October.

Right now, I’m taking a couple of weeks off (well, sort of) but plan to get back to writing poems soon. In the mean time, I’m enjoying taking the camera out, doing little bits of painting and writing a little bit of fiction—all with varying degrees of success!

Anyway, that’s enough from me!  Keep looking out for updates every now and then.  Until next time…