Current Projects

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'In the Sticks'

'In the Sticks' is a project with Arts Council England support that Simon's been running with Cherry Doyle on behalf of Offa's Press. The work produced is included in an anthology of poetry  published in August, 2021. For more go to: www.offaspress.co.uk/in-the-sticks

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'Virtual Voices' & 'International Voices'

'Virtual Voices', takes place on the second Tuesday of the month, 7.30-9pm, and Simon will MC with support from Marion Cockin.

 

'International Voices' is an occasional tie-up between an Offa's poet and a poet abroad. See the latest event details and how to join by going to the Offa's Press website: www.offaspress.co.uk/events

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Reading Service & Mentoring

If you want a professional reading and written response to some of your poetry you can send it to Simon for comment, criticism and helpful advice. Send no more than 6 pages of poetry plus a cheque for £30, and please include an SAE, to Simon at 2, Ferndale, Pant, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 9QD. You will hear back within a couple of weeks. For a longer, more considered, programme of mentoring please contact Simon via email in the first instance.

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Creative Writing Workshops
The Pant writers' workshops are starting again on Saturday 14 August, 2021. For more information go to: www.offaspress.co.uk/events

Simon runs creative writing workshops in 'green spaces and places' that focus on the landscape and environment.

Workshops have been arranged for schools, writers' groups, at festivals, in art galleries, village halls, libraries and with environmental groups.

Simon was excellent to work with during the whole process, from getting on board with our ideas at the start to delivering new and interesting sessions on the ground. Simon was always amenable, professional and delivered to our tight deadline – a pleasure to work with.

Luke Neil Shropshire Wildlife Trust 2015

What a treat! Well organised, informative and inspirational.  Notes made and memories of conversation and variety of scenery will continue to provide source material for writing.  Really hope to have the opportunity for such an event in the future.

 

It was really therapeutic. I feel so much better for the day.

Feedback on the 'Work' workshop at the Ironbridge Festival, 2020

 

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Commissions
 
Simon undertakes poetry commissions from time to time and is happy to discuss any ideas you might have.
 
Here is an example of a poem commissioned by 'Poetry on Loan' (ACE-funded) that was distributed around West Midland libraries a few years ago.
To get in touch with Simon go to 'Contact'.

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Mini Mushaira
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Mini Mushaira

‘Making bridges, making friends’

 

Since 1996 Simon has worked with Debjani Chatterjee, Brian D’Arcy and Basir Sultan Kazmi promoting better inter-cultural understanding and respect for diversity through multi-lingual poetry readings, workshops and talks.

 

Their journey has taken them across Britain and to Norway, Pakistan and India to great applause. They are still keen to promote their positive message and are available for bookings virtually and at festivals, arts centres, theatres, schools and colleges.

 

What They’ve Said

 

Mini Mushaira provides a vision of what could be in the future, for despite the differences in language, backgrounds and beliefs, the poets speak with one voice. The Scotsman

 

A Little Bridge is a spirited collaboration, a little bridge of poems, a wondrous fusion of Indian, Pakistani and English culture. Chris Meade, (former) Director of the Poetry Society

To get in touch with Simon go to 'Contact'.

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