Thursday 20 May 2010

Helen Pletts - Nuncle

Helen Pletts has two collections of poetry, Bottle bank (2008) and For the chiding dove(2009), containing a total of 45 poems, published by

The title poem ‘Bottle bank’ was longlisted for The Bridport Poetry Prize in 2006, under Helen’s maiden name of Bannister. The poem was first published by Charles Christian on, the poetry and prose webzine, 20th June and again as a podcast 14th December 2008. Helen is a regular contributor to this webzine.

The title poem ‘For the chiding dove’ was translated into Italian by Gabriel Griffin and first published in ‘Poetry on the Lake Journal two’ (2009).

Helen’s sonnet ‘Medusa’ was published in Aesthetica Magazine Issue 20 and again in the Bottle bank collection.

She also has fiction published in Czech and English, ‘Phiddipides’ – Now and then, A celebration of the Prague International Marathon, (Tempo Team Prague, 2007).

Helen’s most inspiring influence - the words of W.S.Graham, ‘The Nightfishing’ being one of her favourites. Sylvia Plath’s ‘Tulips’ another.

The purring sound of much loved Abyssinian cat, Bobby, accompanies her on keyboard with a flip of the tail now and then !

Her much neglected blog site exists at which you are more than welcome to explore. Without the unerring support of Helen’s family and dearest friends there would be nothing but blank pages ! She teaches creative writing, currently in Prague, and from this autumn she will be running creative writing workshops in Cambridge.

Hello everyone,

Hope the sun is shining where you are!

Many thanks to our winner Helen who supplied us with a short biography!

Friday 14 May 2010

Nuncle by Helen Pletts


If I am his
Then Sadness is
My cloak.

He gets me down.
Even the bells frown,
as he hobbles at my side.

My shoes
are over-twisted curlicues.
He cramps my style

And in his grey beard, the hopeless
Hollow out all care for laughter,
Backwards in the face of Gloucester.

April Fool Winner

Hello hello,

After a long period of deliberation again... we are pleased to announce the winner of our April 'The Fool' theme is Helen Pletts with 'Nuncle'. Well done Helen, what a wonderful piece.

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Thursday 6 May 2010

The Fool

Thank You to all those who entertained us with their 'Fool'.

The winning entry will be posted soon.

Ledbury Poetry Festival

May Theme

So... for May we thought we'd mix it up a bit and give you an illustration instead of a word.

The deadline is 10 am on Thursday 3rd June.


Ledbury Poetry Festival

Wednesday 5 May 2010

April Deadline Time


Just to let you know that the deadline for submissions for 'The fool' is at 10 o'clock tomorrow (6th May).