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Background to my attempts to become a poet.
I started writing poetry more intently about ten years ago, but as a the daughter of marionette makers and performers there was always a need for monologues and sketches. Poetry in its broadest sense has always been part of my life. I can still recite much of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ because we performed scenes from the book twice daily as part of our marionette shows.
Later in life I became a teacher but continued to write for pleasure and once had a play performed at the Young Vic called ‘Travelling Nowhere.’ I did some freelance journalism and later still I became a member of SWWJ The Society of Women Writers and Journalists,
I moved from London to Brighton with my partner. ten years ago just after my mother died. I tried several new things partly to cope with the sadness and to cheer myself up, including Stand Up comedy and singing!
Later I attended a creative writing course at Sussex University tutored by John McCullough, courses at The Poetry School and at Arvon.
I have had poems published in Compact, three in Writing Magazine and others in local anthologies. I was shortlisted in the Bridport Prize in 2014 and won a competition Judged by New Writing South. Some of my poems are autobiographical and most are written in free verse.
I had some mentoring before I published my first collection four years ago called ‘Don’t Throw Away the Daisies’
Kiersty Boon did the downloading and formatting for Lulu.
Four years later I thought I had another collection. This one attracted the interest of a publisher, but after seven months he changed his mind! I was devastated but picked myself up and to self published ‘The Puppeteer’s Daughter.’
They are both available at City Books in Hove, at the Open Art Cafe in Rottingdean and online.
I have read my poems on by invitation at the Troubadour Coffee House for their theme nights. The Talking Peace Festival in London and at various Poetry School events, at Lumen in London and at Pighog in Brighton, where I also met a great many poets because I helped on the door for three years!
In 2015, 2016 and 2017 I was included in The Poetry School’s Mixed Border programme as a poet in residence. This was as part of London’s Open Squares Weekend, my first year was in Postman’s Park and this year in Earls Court Square.
My first blog established seven years ago is called annperrin.wordpress.com
The blog it is a mixture of pictures, articles, news of events, homespun philosophy and hardly surprising several poems and sometimes inspiration behind them.