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Here’s the third of my blogs as Writer in Residence for Kirklees. Hope you enjoy reading it.


During January 2015 I have the privilege of being the Writer in Residence for Kirklees. For those of you who don’t know Kirklees is a borough in the county of West Yorkshire, England. For my residency I will be writing four articles. The first one is about my journey into the world of words and can be found by following this link: http://readkirklees.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/my-journey-into-the-world-of-worlds-writer-in-residence-for-january-andrew-smith/. I hope you enjoy reading it and if you have any comments or questions please post them on the article. Thank you 🙂


A great blog that sums up the emotional rollercoaster we all go through as writers and poets very well.

Roy Marshall

Some of the time you feel that your obvious talent is being ignored. Your ego pounds the table and shouts ‘not fair’ as you watch other (obviously less talented people) parading their successes. But your monstrous ego won’t always win out. You will feel genuinely pleased for other people too. The poet you met at a reading and had a good chat with, the poet who you went on a course with, the poet whose work you love, whose kindness and humility you remember. You will seek feedback.
'And do we want to know why a haiku is like a thong?'

Some of the feedback will annoy or upset you. The poem will be fatally wounded. You will abandon it. You will seek more feedback. You will ignore it. You will learn to listen. The poem full of holes is patched up. It floats. It is magical. You float in it. You begin to recognise and accept good advice. You know what to reject and…

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