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Bristol , United Kingdom
I'm co-director of the Leaping Word Poetry Consultancy, which provides advice for poets on writing, editing and publishing, as well as qualified counselling support for those exploring personal issues in their work - https://theleapingword.com. My fifth poetry collection, Learning Finity, is now available from Indigo Dreams or directly from me.

Sunday 22 May 2011

Dor Kemmyn - Common Ground

My poem, 'Kin', has won the 2011 Dor Kemmyn Poetry Competition.  Dor Kemmyn is Cornish for Common Ground; it's also the name of a proposed inter-faith centre in Cornwall, 'to bring people together from different faiths and cultures to find common ground for the future well being of everyone'.  I feel very honoured that my poem is connected with such an all-embracing and exciting vision.  


And they said nice things about it here on Radio Cornwall (about 2 hours and 35 minutes in, but if you start a little before then, you'll also get to hear '(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher' by the incomparable Jackie Wilson. Score!)

NB. My poetry collection, Communion, is being published by Indigo Dreams at the end of June. This poem is in it.


  1. A deserved winner there. Though I think it would sound better in your voice. Hint. Hint.

  2. You've the perfect picture too, haven't you? ...

  3. How great to be introduced by Jackie Wilson singing his greatest! Among my close kin larger families are several generations back (some were Mormons from Manchester lol), so I cherish this in microcosm. Bless the photographer too!

  4. That'ld be me!

    My relatives on my mother's side (where the big family stems from) were Plymouth Brethren; on my father's, Catholic. A combustible mix!

  5. Congratulations!!!

    And that poem is marvellous.

    My (now ex-)stepfather had an enormous family. Every year when I was younger there was a massive reunion by a lake. It was pretty amazing to be swept into, and out of, a family like that.

  6. Thanks, Jodi. I wouldn't be without them!

  7. You're on such a roll at the moment - deserved and wonderful to behold. Congratulations! x

  8. Thanks, Kate - seem to have struck lucky!