While We’re On The Subject

19 Apr

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At the moment, I have no words.  It made me smile, then, as one of life’s little ironies, when I received an email announcing the launch of a new poetry ezine containing one of my poems – a poem about censorship, in which most of the words have been removed.

I may not be writing much but I do know how to make a short story long, so here goes.

My poem In The Tradition of ‘The Star’ appeared in the anthology In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights last year.

Earlier this year, one of the anthology’s editors contacted me, asking for permission to use it in a new ezine she and another editor were starting; and inviting me to read at the magazine’s launch in London at the end of March.

I gladly gave permission but had to refuse the invitation, commenting that I wouldn’t know how to read it aloud anyway.

She replied that she quite understood: her employer (a charity fighting female genital mutilation) had held a memorial meeting for Nelson Mandela and my poem had been read out at the meeting – with difficulty.

I sent a garbled reply about poems being like children and taking on a life of their own without you, once you’ve sent them out into the world.

I didn’t hear from her again, but that’s hardly surprising.  If you’ve read this far you’ll be in the same dazed state.

Anyway, to get to the point, here is a link to the new magazine, Writing in the Blackout.

Here’s a bit of the blurb, for the political amongst you:

‘Writing in the Blackout’ is an anthology of poetry and art work that explores the theme of arts censorship and freedom of speech:http://www.ideastap.com/Partners/keatshousepoets

It features newly commissioned poetry and art work from Keats House Poets and IdeasTap members, an interview with English PEN and much more! We hope you enjoy reading our anthology, and would be delighted to hear hear your thoughts on it and do forward it to any of your networks who would be interested in reading it. This project is a snapshot of some of the complex issues connected to censorship, and we are interested in continuing investigating this theme- do let us know if you know organisations who might support a ‘Writing in the Blackout’ workshop or performance. 
We will be hosting a poetry performance and discussion of ‘Writing in the Blackout’ on June 14th, 4:30-6pm at the Keats House Festival in Hampstead. Do follow @KHPoetsor check our blog for more event details http://khpoets.wordpress.com/  
You will find me on page 39 but the whole thing is well worth a read.


25 Responses to “While We’re On The Subject”

  1. http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com April 19, 2014 at 13:03 #

    Many congratulations – your fame is spreading, justifiably. I’ll look at the book later, as I’m in full flow of words for the first time in ages.
    ViV xoxox


  2. laurieanichols April 19, 2014 at 14:14 #

    This is fantastic, I went and read your poem; it is so incredibly powerful. Congratulations dearest Tilly! Your talent is being shared with the world and I am so thrilled for you. 😀 xox


  3. slpmartin April 19, 2014 at 16:14 #

    Congrats! Hope all is well there and that you and yours have a wonderful Easter.


  4. Grannymar April 19, 2014 at 17:33 #

    Nice one!


  5. colonialist April 20, 2014 at 20:10 #

    I see. So a poem in which you were at a loss for words has been published. They were saving on printing costs? 😀
    Well done!


  6. Rorybore April 20, 2014 at 20:33 #

    Congrats and well done! I was reading through yours and several others before the chocolate coma claimed me. but I bookmarked it for later — I still have a whole bag of Whoopers to devour. (they are Maltesers cheaper cousin, but do okay in a pinch.)


  7. emmasouthlondon April 21, 2014 at 12:38 #

    Gosh, Tilly – that’s amazing.
    So many congratulations.
    I’m sorry you are not going to be coming to London though!!
    Best wishes,
    Emma 🙂


  8. anotherday2paradise April 22, 2014 at 19:58 #

    Congrats to you, Tilly. My internet is too slow to connect to the link, but I did try. 😦


  9. benzeknees April 24, 2014 at 00:59 #

    BTW, I like your new header with the pic of you & hubby!


  10. viveka May 5, 2014 at 20:27 #

    Beautiful publication …. but I couldn’t find your piece .. I could see your name at the introduction list. Congratulations, Linda … but you are a fantastic author.


  11. Silvia Pio May 21, 2014 at 08:21 #

    Dear Ms Linda Cosgriff,

    You may be interested to know that we have written a review of the anthology In Protest, 150 Poems for Human Rights: http://www.margutte.com/?p=5629&lang=en

    We have also translated some of the poems in Italian, including your poem: http://www.margutte.com/?p=5629

    Thanks for your contribution.

    Best regards,

    Silvia Pio



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