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Let’s have tea and talk for a second, Instagram.

I have fibromyalgia. It sometimes causes pain in my ribs/chest, and that’s fine. But a few days ago the chest pains were so severe I couldn’t breathe. I was convinced it was fibromyalgia - but you don’t ignore chest pains. My amazing GP surgery did everything they could and - so much for fibromyalgia - they found signs of a blood clot, which they sent me to hospital for.

Fast forward: I don’t have a blood clot. I have costochondritis, which is severe inflammation of the cartilage and connective tissue around my ribs and chest structure. ‘It can feel like being stabbed in the chest, but it’s nothing to worry about,’ one doctor said.

Another said, ‘It’s likely stress and overworking.’ Overworking? The title of the I-want-a-career anthem, especially for people who aren’t working regular hours. The thing I used to do as a hobby, I now do for a living and how does that come about without work? I’m far from the only person who lives that, and I’m far from the only person in the arts industry (that’s my sample pool) who overworks because:

1. We’re often trying to prove ourselves
2. We need to eat and stuff
3. Well, frankly, when you love your work what else is there to be doing?

But we’ve worked ourselves to where anything that isn’t work tastes bad. 9 days out 10, I love this. But my body? Eh, not so much.
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This isn’t intended as a ‘Please leave sympathy’ post (ew). This is a ‘Please look after yourselves’ post. I think it’s so hard when you’re building things to become so obsessed with the big picture, you forget the big picture has you at the centre, so you’re as much a part of the things that need work and attention as the actual tangible things that need work and attention. So please, from one tired person to I-don’t-know-how-many others, give yourself a treat? Read something for enjoyment; have an extra biscuit; decide a Netflix binge *will* help (side note: of course it will, when has it ever not?). This whole grumpy experience has been a bit of a nudge-reminder on how important those things are and how doing something that isn’t work isn’t something to feel guilty about, despite the conditioning.

Let’s have tea and talk for a second, Instagram.

I have fibromyalgia. It sometimes causes pain in my ribs/chest, and that’s fine. But a few days ago the chest pains were so severe I couldn’t breathe. I was convinced it was fibromyalgia - but you don’t ignore chest pains. My amazing GP surgery did everything they could and - so much for fibromyalgia - they found signs of a blood clot, which they sent me to hospital for.

Fast forward: I don’t have a blood clot. I have costochondritis, which is severe inflammation of the cartilage and connective tissue around my ribs and chest structure. ‘It can feel like being stabbed in the chest, but it’s nothing to worry about,’ one doctor said.

Another said, ‘It’s likely stress and overworking.’ Overworking? The title of the I-want-a-career anthem, especially for people who aren’t working regular hours. The thing I used to do as a hobby, I now do for a living and how does that come about without work? I’m far from the only person who lives that, and I’m far from the only person in the arts industry (that’s my sample pool) who overworks because:

1. We’re often trying to prove ourselves
2. We need to eat and stuff 
3. Well, frankly, when you love your work what else is there to be doing?

But we’ve worked ourselves to where anything that isn’t work tastes bad. 9 days out 10, I love this. But my body? Eh, not so much.
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This isn’t intended as a ‘Please leave sympathy’ post (ew). This is a ‘Please look after yourselves’ post. I think it’s so hard when you’re building things to become so obsessed with the big picture, you forget the big picture has you at the centre, so you’re as much a part of the things that need work and attention as the actual tangible things that need work and attention. So please, from one tired person to I-don’t-know-how-many others, give yourself a treat? Read something for enjoyment; have an extra biscuit; decide a Netflix binge *will* help (side note: of course it will, when has it ever not?). This whole grumpy experience has been a bit of a nudge-reminder on how important those things are and how doing something that isn’t work isn’t something to feel guilty about, despite the conditioning.
39 0 19 September, 2019
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‘I draw a chalk hopscotch grid on the ground / and write ‘lunch’ in the first box...’
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Last night, I did what I think is probably the last proofread of Body Talk (forthcoming with Picaroon Poetry) while I was shovelling dinner into my mouth — and the whole proofread felt very empowering.

This book has a little bit of everything for me: body-shaming, eating problems, appearance problems and, eventually and thankfully, body love. It’s so, so hard to like what you see in the mirror, even on your best body days sometimes, and I will never stop being grateful to @mskateybelle for giving me a space to talk about the days when mirrors are horrible places and food - well, eh... for so many humans suffering from one problem or another.
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I thought as it’s Monday we’d start the week with poetry and I’d try to remind a few people (yep, you) that they’re beautiful. Have a good breakfast today. 🌻
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‘I draw a chalk hopscotch grid on the ground / and write ‘lunch’ in the first box...’
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Last night, I did what I think is probably the last proofread of Body Talk (forthcoming with Picaroon Poetry) while I was shovelling dinner into my mouth — and the whole proofread felt very empowering.

This book has a little bit of everything for me: body-shaming, eating problems, appearance problems and, eventually and thankfully, body love. It’s so, so hard to like what you see in the mirror, even on your best body days sometimes, and I will never stop being grateful to @mskateybelle for giving me a space to talk about the days when mirrors are horrible places and food - well, eh... for so many humans suffering from one problem or another.
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I thought as it’s Monday we’d start the week with poetry and I’d try to remind a few people (yep, you) that they’re beautiful. Have a good breakfast today. 🌻
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#poetry #promotepoetry #poetryofinsta #instapoetry #poetryofinstagram #poetrycommunity #poetrycommunityofinstagram #poet #poets #poetsofinsta #poetsofinstagram #poetcommunity #communityofpoets #bodydysmorphia #bodytalk #bodylove #bodyshame #dietculture #eatingdisorderrecovery #eatingdisordersupport
24 0 16 September, 2019
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Monday-Thursday 🌻

I performed at Piranha Poetry in Stroud on Monday night which was a blast (photo to credit to Susie Roberts 📸) and then I came straight back to the seaside with my manuscript in tow. 🌊

It’s pretty much been wall to wall editing for the last two days - as the poor folks following my #Instastories will already know. I don’t have an internet connection here apart from my phone and I *hate* watching television on my own, so I’ve either been editing or walking while I’ve been here. But that does mean that I’ve managed to get a paper edit done for the entire manuscript in two days. Plus, the sea has been angry and beautiful which has made for some amazing pictures on my walks as well. 🌊💨🌬
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It’s only recently I’ve started to appreciate the importance of being able to cut yourself off from the world a little - mentally and geographically, it turns out. When I’m away I tend to worry less about what’s happening at home because when I’m 100+ miles away, what can I do? In worrying less, it frees up some space to think about writing properly, without the day to day distractions of “proper work” (don’t get me started 🙄) and everything else besides. So it transpires that a room (with a view) of one’s own really does help with creative work — and I cannot wait to come back here to start the next book. 🥰
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Monday-Thursday 🌻

I performed at Piranha Poetry in Stroud on Monday night which was a blast (photo to credit to Susie Roberts 📸) and then I came straight back to the seaside with my manuscript in tow. 🌊

It’s pretty much been wall to wall editing for the last two days - as the poor folks following my #Instastories will already know. I don’t have an internet connection here apart from my phone and I *hate* watching television on my own, so I’ve either been editing or walking while I’ve been here. But that does mean that I’ve managed to get a paper edit done for the entire manuscript in two days. Plus, the sea has been angry and beautiful which has made for some amazing pictures on my walks as well. 🌊💨🌬
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It’s only recently I’ve started to appreciate the importance of being able to cut yourself off from the world a little - mentally and geographically, it turns out. When I’m away I tend to worry less about what’s happening at home because when I’m 100+ miles away, what can I do? In worrying less, it frees up some space to think about writing properly, without the day to day distractions of “proper work” (don’t get me started 🙄) and everything else besides. So it transpires that a room (with a view) of one’s own really does help with creative work — and I cannot wait to come back here to start the next book. 🥰
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#poetry #poetryofinstagram #poet #poetsofinstagram #performanceshot #performancepoet #actionshot #performing #sea #seaside #seaair #beach #nature #writingretreat #writing #writinglife #writerlife #writerslife #writersofinsta #writersofinstagram #author #authorsofinstagram #writingcommunity #editing #novelediting #novel #manuscript
41 0 12 September, 2019
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“Stand in front of the mirror for a minute each morning / and find something to love”

My #Instastories are *packed* with #prose while I’m away #editing a new #novel at the moment, so I thought I’d post some #poetry here to balance it out.

This is another snippet from Body Talk (my upcoming pamphlet, to be published by Picaroon Poetry) and this is one of my favourite pieces from the book — plus, it encourages some #selflove and anything that encourages that seems worth sharing to me.

For more information about the book you can hop over to the Picaroon Poetry website 👉🏻 https://picaroonpoetry.wordpress.com/books/body-talk-by-charley-barnes/

Have a lovely day, and be kind to yourselves 🌻
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#poetry #poetryofinsta #poetryofinstagram #instapoetry #poet #poetsofinsta #poetsofinstagram #poetrycommunity #writing #writingcommunity #writer #writerlife #writersofinsta #writersofinstagram #bodylove #bodytalk #bodypositive #bodypositivity #selfcare #recovery

“Stand in front of the mirror for a minute each morning / and find something to love”

My #Instastories are *packed* with #prose while I’m away #editing a new #novel at the moment, so I thought I’d post some #poetry here to balance it out.

This is another snippet from Body Talk (my upcoming pamphlet, to be published by Picaroon Poetry) and this is one of my favourite pieces from the book — plus, it encourages some #selflove and anything that encourages that seems worth sharing to me.

For more information about the book you can hop over to the Picaroon Poetry website 👉🏻 https://picaroonpoetry.wordpress.com/books/body-talk-by-charley-barnes/

Have a lovely day, and be kind to yourselves 🌻
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#poetry #poetryofinsta #poetryofinstagram #instapoetry #poet #poetsofinsta #poetsofinstagram #poetrycommunity #writing #writingcommunity #writer #writerlife #writersofinsta #writersofinstagram #bodylove #bodytalk #bodypositive #bodypositivity #selfcare #recovery
21 0 11 September, 2019
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“I had hoped that just as one emerges from a dream, the notion to murder Lachlan Broad might have melted away, but if anything it had thickened inside me.”
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His Bloody Project was a hard book for me to love for the first 100 pages or so (which isn’t great praise for a book of only 280 pages). That said, as soon as the grit of the story appeared - that is to say, the actual murder narrative - I was hooked by the disturbing frankness of the first person narrator, that was soon to be snatched away by another narrative structure entirely (namely, that of the physiological investigation into the initial speaker, followed by the reports of his trial). It turned out to be *excellent* play on narrative perspectives and reliability (with beautiful inconsistencies appearing in the story, too), and I genuinely can’t wait to hear what my students think. 👩🏻‍🏫
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Anyone else had the (dis)pleasure of reading this?
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#reading #nowreading #currentread #currentlyreading #reader #readerslife #readersofinstagram #book #books #bookworm #bookporn #bookstagram #literature #teachingliterature #creativewriting #hisbloodyproject #coffee #teacher #lecturer #backtoschool

“I had hoped that just as one emerges from a dream, the notion to murder Lachlan Broad might have melted away, but if anything it had thickened inside me.”
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His Bloody Project was a hard book for me to love for the first 100 pages or so (which isn’t great praise for a book of only 280 pages). That said, as soon as the grit of the story appeared - that is to say, the actual murder narrative - I was hooked by the disturbing frankness of the first person narrator, that was soon to be snatched away by another narrative structure entirely (namely, that of the physiological investigation into the initial speaker, followed by the reports of his trial). It turned out to be *excellent* play on narrative perspectives and reliability (with beautiful inconsistencies appearing in the story, too), and I genuinely can’t wait to hear what my students think. 👩🏻‍🏫
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Anyone else had the (dis)pleasure of reading this?
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#reading #nowreading #currentread #currentlyreading #reader #readerslife #readersofinstagram #book #books #bookworm #bookporn #bookstagram #literature #teachingliterature #creativewriting #hisbloodyproject #coffee #teacher #lecturer #backtoschool
24 0 8 September, 2019
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“If you were a friend of mine, and my behaviour / was that of your lover, I’d tell you to leave me.”
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My new pamphlet, Body Talk, is coming out with Picaroon Poetry later this month. It has some of the most honest lines I think I’ve ever written, so I thought I’d dip my toes in the water to start sharing some of it.
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You can find more information about the book over on the Picaroon website: https://picaroonpoetry.wordpress.com/books/body-talk-by-charley-barnes/ ☠️
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#poetry #poetryofinstagram #poetryofinsta #instapoetry #poetrycommunity #poetryporn #promotepoetry #poetrybook #writer #writingcommunity #writersofinsta #writersofinstagram #writing #bodylove #bodytalk #bodypositivity

“If you were a friend of mine, and my behaviour / was that of your lover, I’d tell you to leave me.”
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My new pamphlet, Body Talk, is coming out with Picaroon Poetry later this month. It has some of the most honest lines I think I’ve ever written, so I thought I’d dip my toes in the water to start sharing some of it.
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You can find more information about the book over on the Picaroon website: https://picaroonpoetry.wordpress.com/books/body-talk-by-charley-barnes/ ☠️
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#poetry #poetryofinstagram #poetryofinsta #instapoetry #poetrycommunity #poetryporn #promotepoetry #poetrybook #writer #writingcommunity #writersofinsta #writersofinstagram #writing #bodylove #bodytalk #bodypositivity
28 0 7 September, 2019
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Hi, Instagram. 👋🏻
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This morning when I checked Twitter I saw that my new publisher, BLER, had revealed a tiny black and white snippet of my upcoming chapbook’s cover (pictured on the left). The chapbook is called Death Is A Terrible House Guest and it will be out in October. ☠️
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Before that, Body Talk is coming out (on the right). It’s my second poetry pamphlet and it’s all about eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and being a bit kinder to ourselves - so it’s a big little book for me to share.

I’m super excited to see both of these in print soon, so I thought I’d pop up, share their lovely covers, and shout about my excitement for a second or two.
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#poetry #readpoetry #writingpoetry #poetryofinstagram #poet #poetsofinstagram #poetrycommunity #poetcommunity #writer #writingcommunity #poetrypamphlet #chapbook #indieauthor #author #authorsofinstagram #bookcover #coverreveal #bookcoverreal #publication #authorpromo

Hi, Instagram. 👋🏻
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This morning when I checked Twitter I saw that my new publisher, BLER, had revealed a tiny black and white snippet of my upcoming chapbook’s cover (pictured on the left). The chapbook is called Death Is A Terrible House Guest and it will be out in October. ☠️
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Before that, Body Talk is coming out (on the right). It’s my second poetry pamphlet and it’s all about eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and being a bit kinder to ourselves - so it’s a big little book for me to share.

I’m super excited to see both of these in print soon, so I thought I’d pop up, share their lovely covers, and shout about my excitement for a second or two.
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#poetry #readpoetry #writingpoetry #poetryofinstagram #poet #poetsofinstagram #poetrycommunity #poetcommunity #writer #writingcommunity #poetrypamphlet #chapbook #indieauthor #author #authorsofinstagram #bookcover #coverreveal #bookcoverreal #publication #authorpromo
25 0 4 September, 2019
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Life is still a bit messy at the moment, but it’s also full of nice work- and writing-related things. So, here are some cool things that have happened in the last week or so:
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1. I ran away to the seaside and used that time to start writing again. 🌊

2. I finished the first draft of the Copycat sequel (so it will be winging its way to @bloodhoundbooks_publishing in no time now).
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3. I recorded a podcast with my friend @danburton10, which meant we could hang out at @bethechangefoods for the morning and talk about our writing. You can find out more about that by hopping over to @tea_biscuits_books_podcast.

I’m trying to read a little more, and I’m definitely writing a little more. Now I’ve finished the Copycat sequel I can start researching something new (🧜🏻‍♀️🧜🏻‍♀️🧜🏻‍♀️), and that’s exciting too. I think that’s everything. It feels like everything. Stay tuned.
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#writing #amwriting #writinglife #writer #writerlife #writerslife #writingcommunity #writercommunity #writersofinstagram #author #authorsofinstagram #authorcommunity #novel #novelwriting #seaside #sea #podcast #writingpodcast #readbhauthors

Life is still a bit messy at the moment, but it’s also full of nice work- and writing-related things. So, here are some cool things that have happened in the last week or so:
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1. I ran away to the seaside and used that time to start writing again. 🌊

2. I finished the first draft of the Copycat sequel (so it will be winging its way to @bloodhoundbooks_publishing in no time now).
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3. I recorded a podcast with my friend @danburton10, which meant we could hang out at @bethechangefoods for the morning and talk about our writing. You can find out more about that by hopping over to @tea_biscuits_books_podcast.

I’m trying to read a little more, and I’m definitely writing a little more. Now I’ve finished the Copycat sequel I can start researching something new (🧜🏻‍♀️🧜🏻‍♀️🧜🏻‍♀️), and that’s exciting too. I think that’s everything. It feels like everything. Stay tuned.
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#writing #amwriting #writinglife #writer #writerlife #writerslife #writingcommunity #writercommunity #writersofinstagram #author #authorsofinstagram #authorcommunity #novel #novelwriting #seaside #sea #podcast #writingpodcast #readbhauthors
31 0 1 September, 2019
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Morning, Instagram. 🌻

I’m trying hard to get back into reading at the moment (kind of easier said than done), but one book that I’ve managed to get through is this. It’s a bite-size crime drama about a group of people who are brought together by grief and desperation, which leads them to commit terrible crimes of their own...
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I read it over the course of a couple of days (it’s fewer than 200 pages, so it really is bitesize) and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an easy read (with a little grit, when it comes to the violent descriptions). 👊🏻
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#reading #amreading #nowreading #currentlyreading #currentread #reader #readersofinstagram #readingcommunity #book #bookporn #bookstagram #bookworm #bookworm_insta #crime #readingcrime #crimedrama #crimenovel #crimereads

Morning, Instagram. 🌻

I’m trying hard to get back into reading at the moment (kind of easier said than done), but one book that I’ve managed to get through is this. It’s a bite-size crime drama about a group of people who are brought together by grief and desperation, which leads them to commit terrible crimes of their own...
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I read it over the course of a couple of days (it’s fewer than 200 pages, so it really is bitesize) and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an easy read (with a little grit, when it comes to the violent descriptions). 👊🏻
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#reading #amreading #nowreading #currentlyreading #currentread #reader #readersofinstagram #readingcommunity #book #bookporn #bookstagram #bookworm #bookworm_insta #crime #readingcrime #crimedrama #crimenovel #crimereads
18 0 29 August, 2019
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I’ve got the pleasure of heading back to @worcester_uni this academic year and I’ll be teaching their Genre Fiction module, which has an absolute belter of a reading list. My students are (/should be) tucking into these classics about now and I’ll have the mammoth task of teaching them soon enough. 📚

Has anyone got any personal favourites from this bunch? Or, you know, anything you don’t like so much... 🧐
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#reading #amreading #nowreading #currentlyreading #currentreads #readinglist #genre #fiction #genrefiction #book #books #bookporn #bookstagram #bookworm #teaching #lecturing #termtime #backtoschool #1984 #theroad #hisbloodyproject #wolfhall #100yearsofsolitude #universityofworcester #uow #englishliterature #englishlit #creativewriting

I’ve got the pleasure of heading back to @worcester_uni this academic year and I’ll be teaching their Genre Fiction module, which has an absolute belter of a reading list. My students are (/should be) tucking into these classics about now and I’ll have the mammoth task of teaching them soon enough. 📚

Has anyone got any personal favourites from this bunch? Or, you know, anything you don’t like so much... 🧐
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#reading #amreading #nowreading #currentlyreading #currentreads #readinglist #genre #fiction #genrefiction #book #books #bookporn #bookstagram #bookworm #teaching #lecturing #termtime #backtoschool #1984 #theroad #hisbloodyproject #wolfhall #100yearsofsolitude #universityofworcester #uow #englishliterature #englishlit #creativewriting
17 0 24 August, 2019
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“The impact of poetry is so hard and direct...”
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This was one of those passages that’s so beautiful, and so astute, that a friend introduced me to it by saying, ‘Oh my god, oh my god, wait, I have to show you this.’ The whole thing resonates hugely with me, so it seemed worthy of a Monday morning share.

Taken from Virginia Woolf’s The Common Reader. 🌺
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#poetry #poetryofinstgram #poet #poets #poetsofinstagram #readpoetry #literature #literarycriticism #literarytheory #commonreader #viriginiawoolf #writing #writingaboutwriting #onpoetry #worcestershire #poetlaureate

“The impact of poetry is so hard and direct...”
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This was one of those passages that’s so beautiful, and so astute, that a friend introduced me to it by saying, ‘Oh my god, oh my god, wait, I have to show you this.’ The whole thing resonates hugely with me, so it seemed worthy of a Monday morning share.

Taken from Virginia Woolf’s The Common Reader. 🌺
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#poetry #poetryofinstgram #poet #poets #poetsofinstagram #readpoetry #literature #literarycriticism #literarytheory #commonreader #viriginiawoolf #writing #writingaboutwriting #onpoetry #worcestershire #poetlaureate
20 0 19 August, 2019
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I am *wiped*, but I had the pleasure of performing in #Hereford earlier today and it was a real treat.

The Here4D festival is happening around the city to raise awareness and funds for the homeless, and it’s always lovely to be involved with work like that — especially when it’s happening in such a beautiful city as well.

The #poetry part of the day has come to an end already, but if you’re around in the city this afternoon/evening (August 17th), you’ll spot some cool #arts events that are worth a look/listen.

Thanks to #Herefordshire for being a beautiful scene for the afternoon (and to the organisers for letting me share some words). 🍃🌺
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#poetry #performancepoetry #performancepoet #performance #poetryofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #livepoetry #poetryreading #worcestershire #poetlaureate #worcester #worcesteruk #hereford #herefordshire #herefordarts #here4d #artsfestival #coffee #outdoors #riverside

I am *wiped*, but I had the pleasure of performing in #Hereford earlier today and it was a real treat.

The Here4D festival is happening around the city to raise awareness and funds for the homeless, and it’s always lovely to be involved with work like that — especially when it’s happening in such a beautiful city as well.

The #poetry part of the day has come to an end already, but if you’re around in the city this afternoon/evening (August 17th), you’ll spot some cool #arts events that are worth a look/listen.

Thanks to #Herefordshire for being a beautiful scene for the afternoon (and to the organisers for letting me share some words). 🍃🌺
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38 0 17 August, 2019
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Hi, Instagram. In a bid to be super productive, I’m doing something new.
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I’ve done a lot of #writing since I was voted in as #Worcestershire #Poet #Laureate, and I’d like a way of sharing that with people.
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Today I set up a #poetry #podcast that I’m going to try to update once a month with a new #poem (and that’s a public promise, so I have to try to stick to it). I’ve published my first poem, The Waves, today, and it’s available on Anchor and Spotify, among other places. If you’d like a listen, you can find it here: https://anchor.fm/charley-barnes

If you do have a listen, I hope you enjoy (& please consider following me for next month’s instalment).
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#poetry #poet #poetryofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poem #poemsofinstagram #poetrypodcast #poetryrecording #livepoetry #poetrycommunity #writing #writingcommunity #worcester #worcesteruk #worcestershire #whatsonworcester #writer #writersofinstagram #mentalhealth #mentalhealthpoetry #lgbtpoetry

Hi, Instagram. In a bid to be super productive, I’m doing something new.
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I’ve done a lot of #writing since I was voted in as #Worcestershire #Poet #Laureate, and I’d like a way of sharing that with people.
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Today I set up a #poetry #podcast that I’m going to try to update once a month with a new #poem (and that’s a public promise, so I have to try to stick to it). I’ve published my first poem, The Waves, today, and it’s available on Anchor and Spotify, among other places. If you’d like a listen, you can find it here: https://anchor.fm/charley-barnes

If you do have a listen, I hope you enjoy (& please consider following me for next month’s instalment).
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#poetry #poet #poetryofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poem #poemsofinstagram #poetrypodcast #poetryrecording #livepoetry #poetrycommunity #writing #writingcommunity #worcester #worcesteruk #worcestershire #whatsonworcester #writer #writersofinstagram #mentalhealth #mentalhealthpoetry #lgbtpoetry
33 0 15 August, 2019
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@charleyblogs

Throwback to June when @winspearsuz officially handed over my #Worcestershire #Poet #Laureate trophy! 🏆

Life is a bit loud at the moment so I’m being a little quieter than usual, but I’m still busying myself with poetry plans. For anyone around the county (or visiting) who fancies a hit of literature, I’m regularly updating my website with events and project details to try to keep people in the loop: http://www.charleybarneswriter.com/worcestershire-poet-laureate.html 💻

Photo credit: Jo Jeffree Photography 📸
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#worcester #worcestershire #worcesteruk #worcestercity #whatsonworcester #worcestershirehour #poet #communityofpoets #poetsofinstagram #poetry #poetryofinstagram #poetryplans #westmidlands #whatsonwestmidlands #writer #writingcommunity

Throwback to June when @winspearsuz officially handed over my #Worcestershire #Poet #Laureate trophy! 🏆

Life is a bit loud at the moment so I’m being a little quieter than usual, but I’m still busying myself with poetry plans. For anyone around the county (or visiting) who fancies a hit of literature, I’m regularly updating my website with events and project details to try to keep people in the loop: http://www.charleybarneswriter.com/worcestershire-poet-laureate.html 💻

Photo credit: Jo Jeffree Photography 📸
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#worcester #worcestershire #worcesteruk #worcestercity #whatsonworcester #worcestershirehour #poet #communityofpoets #poetsofinstagram #poetry #poetryofinstagram #poetryplans #westmidlands #whatsonwestmidlands #writer #writingcommunity
54 0 10 August, 2019
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@charleyblogs

One of my first headliner shows as #Worcestershire #Poet #Laureate will involve throwing some words around in #Worcester proper this week.
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SpeakEasy is where my spoken word stuff really started — a 100 years ago with a poem called Peanut. It’s a bit mad that I’m the Poet Laureate for the whole county now.
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I’m planning on bringing sparkly new words to this so if you’re around and you fancy some #poetry (plus @paradiddlesbar does *excellent* pizza) then pop along this Thursday and say hello? It would be lovely to see friendly faces there, & the LitFest team are super friendly too so meeting them will be a treat. 🖤
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#poetry #poetryofinsta #poetryofinstagram #instapoetry #spokenword #openmic #whatsonworcester #worcesterpoetry #liveliterature #writer #writerlife #writersofinstagram #writing #performing #performance #performancepoet #author #authorofinstagram #speakeasy #worcesterlitfest

One of my first headliner shows as #Worcestershire #Poet #Laureate will involve throwing some words around in #Worcester proper this week.
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SpeakEasy is where my spoken word stuff really started — a 100 years ago with a poem called Peanut. It’s a bit mad that I’m the Poet Laureate for the whole county now.
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I’m planning on bringing sparkly new words to this so if you’re around and you fancy some #poetry (plus @paradiddlesbar does *excellent* pizza) then pop along this Thursday and say hello? It would be lovely to see friendly faces there, & the LitFest team are super friendly too so meeting them will be a treat. 🖤
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#poetry #poetryofinsta #poetryofinstagram #instapoetry #spokenword #openmic #whatsonworcester #worcesterpoetry #liveliterature #writer #writerlife #writersofinstagram #writing #performing #performance #performancepoet #author #authorofinstagram #speakeasy #worcesterlitfest
16 0 6 August, 2019
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As #Worcestershire #Poet #Laureate, I'm running a #poetry competition for National Poetry Day this year (the theme for which is Truth). In a sneaky spin on this though, the theme for my current competition is Truth *and* Confession.
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A few things you need to know before you enter this competition of mine:
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- it costs £2 to enter a poem
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- you can enter as many poems as you like
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- proceeds from the competition will go towards printing a pamphlet of longlisted poems
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- ALL entries will be published anonymously
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That's right, the twist of the competition is that me - the judge - will know who wrote what, but beyond my inbox, the authors of the poems will never be revealed, even when the winners go to print. So if you've got something to get off your chest, and you're about expressing yourself through poetry, this is definitely the competition for you.

Everything that you need to know about how to enter can be found on my website right here, and you've got a whole month from now to entries in: http://www.charleybarneswriter.com/truth-and-confession---open.html
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#poet #poetrycompetition #nationalpoetryday #poets #poetsofinstagram #poetryofinstagram #writer #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #poetrycommunity #poetcommunity #author #authorsofinstagram #writingcompetition

As #Worcestershire #Poet #Laureate, I'm running a #poetry competition for National Poetry Day this year (the theme for which is Truth). In a sneaky spin on this though, the theme for my current competition is Truth *and* Confession.
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A few things you need to know before you enter this competition of mine:
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- it costs £2 to enter a poem
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- you can enter as many poems as you like
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- proceeds from the competition will go towards printing a pamphlet of longlisted poems
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- ALL entries will be published anonymously
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That's right, the twist of the competition is that me - the judge - will know who wrote what, but beyond my inbox, the authors of the poems will never be revealed, even when the winners go to print. So if you've got something to get off your chest, and you're about expressing yourself through poetry, this is definitely the competition for you.

Everything that you need to know about how to enter can be found on my website right here, and you've got a whole month from now to entries in: http://www.charleybarneswriter.com/truth-and-confession---open.html
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19 0 3 August, 2019
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‘Can’t we talk instead of dandelion manes; / the way they nose their way through / cracks in the pavement...’
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Any book that opens with a poem about dandelions is going to be a winner for me. I’ve been meaning to post about @scarlett.ward’s ‘ache’ (@vervepoetrypress) for aaaaages now, but it’s so beautiful that I keep coming back to read more of it anyway. 🥰

Ward has a beautiful turn of phrase that’s carried through this entire collection. Her astute observations on life, mental health, love and so much more really resonated with me, but, while dealing with huge and scary topics, somehow this whole collection is a gentle one as well (it’s also full of yellow flowers which just makes me tremendously happy). 🌼
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‘ache’ is a book about loving and healing, and how hard those things can sometimes be to achieve. I know that I’m going to be rereading some of these pieces forever. It’s such a good collection to add to any poetry stash! 🌻
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#poetry #readingpoetry #reading #currentread #nowreading #readmorepoetry #poetryofinstagram #book #bookporn #bookstagram #bookworm #reader #readersofinstagram #bookandbath #readandrelax

‘Can’t we talk instead of dandelion manes; / the way they nose their way through / cracks in the pavement...’
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Any book that opens with a poem about dandelions is going to be a winner for me. I’ve been meaning to post about @scarlett.ward’s ‘ache’ (@vervepoetrypress) for aaaaages now, but it’s so beautiful that I keep coming back to read more of it anyway. 🥰

Ward has a beautiful turn of phrase that’s carried through this entire collection. Her astute observations on life, mental health, love and so much more really resonated with me, but, while dealing with huge and scary topics, somehow this whole collection is a gentle one as well (it’s also full of yellow flowers which just makes me tremendously happy). 🌼
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‘ache’ is a book about loving and healing, and how hard those things can sometimes be to achieve. I know that I’m going to be rereading some of these pieces forever. It’s such a good collection to add to any poetry stash! 🌻
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#poetry #readingpoetry #reading #currentread #nowreading #readmorepoetry #poetryofinstagram #book #bookporn #bookstagram #bookworm #reader #readersofinstagram #bookandbath #readandrelax
34 0 24 July, 2019
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Liz Berry’s The Republic of Motherhood was one of those collections that I heard so many good things about, that it almost made me nervous to read the book myself. 🤰🏼
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That said, over the last couple of days I’ve chewed over these poems in manageable mouthfuls and every bite has been beautiful. Berry delivers the realities of motherhood with an admirable frankness that leaves you both shocked by and endeared towards the speaker. Well-written, well-paced, with a superb tone overall. Everything that I’d heard was true. 🤱🏻🤱🏻
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If you’re looking for something to pull/rip on your heartstrings, this little book has got you covered. 🌻
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#reading #read #reader #readersofinstagram #readingpoetry #nowreading #currentlyreading #currentread #book #bookworm #bookporn #bookstagram #poetry #poetryofinsta #poetryofinstagram #republicofmotherhood #motherhood

Liz Berry’s The Republic of Motherhood was one of those collections that I heard so many good things about, that it almost made me nervous to read the book myself. 🤰🏼
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That said, over the last couple of days I’ve chewed over these poems in manageable mouthfuls and every bite has been beautiful. Berry delivers the realities of motherhood with an admirable frankness that leaves you both shocked by and endeared towards the speaker. Well-written, well-paced, with a superb tone overall. Everything that I’d heard was true. 🤱🏻🤱🏻
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If you’re looking for something to pull/rip on your heartstrings, this little book has got you covered. 🌻
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#reading #read #reader #readersofinstagram #readingpoetry #nowreading #currentlyreading #currentread #book #bookworm #bookporn #bookstagram #poetry #poetryofinsta #poetryofinstagram #republicofmotherhood #motherhood
31 0 20 July, 2019