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Linda Cosgriff

Updated: Wed, 6 Oct 2021 04:00 pm


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Mother, Wife, Christian, Poet, Blogger, Optimist - never quite sure which one I am on any given day. I've been writing all of my life and had my work performed at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool; Stockport Art Gallery; Bramhall Hall; on BBC Radio Merseyside; and at various local community groups. I deliver free writing workshops around Stockport on a regular basis. I am Poet-in-Residence for Stockport Women's Networking Group and Writer-in-Residence for a local community group. Amongst other things, I have had work published online, in text books, and a number of anthologies, including all three of puppywolf's 'Best of Manchester Poets'. I have been placed in several competitions, including for an English Pen competition, sourced through Write Out Loud. I was part of WOL's Bolton Arts Trail, with three poems displayed in the shops. I have a haiku on Mars and my first collection, Hormoanal, was published in February 2019 by Matthew James Publishing: I have a BA (Hons) in Literature from the Open University; and an MA in Creative Writing: Poetry from MMU. I write a poetry blog for those who are afraid of or intimidated by poetry. The idea is that they will have a laugh at my (mostly) short poems; perhaps learn a little something about poetry; and see that poetry can be fun. I am a founder member of Stockport Writers, a group which meets on the second Sunday of the month at Stockport Museum in the Market Place. No fees, and anyone is welcome to join us: all you need is a desire to write.


Published in In Protest: 150 Poems For Human Rights, October 20, 2013: In The Tradition Of The Star This poem is censored. I cannot mention ____ _______, a banned person; ______ _____ or _____ ______. Their organisation, ___ ___, may not be discussed under the current State of Emergency. I cannot include a photo, share details, describe actions. I give you blank space: in protest. Bolton Arts Trail, 15-21 June, 2012: My Bed I like one fluffy pillow A duvet that billows Brushed cotton sheets Thick socks on my feet And a warm man aft To block the draught Published in Best of Manchester Poets Volume 3, March 2013: Tsetse Rat Poor rat and your pedestrian end: was it death by cat? I hope it was old age; you fell asleep. Dark comfort in your long rest. Dangerous praise to resent your passing, forlorn corpse; scorned by heels and prams and bicycle wheels. Sleep peacefully, rat, on your dull part of the dirty path; curled like an idle moon.

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Linda Cosgriff

Wed 6th Oct 2021 16:02

Valerie! I've just seen your comment! Thank you so much! I can't wait to see you again in person x

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Valerie Judge

Sun 3rd May 2020 15:52

Hi Linda,
I am missing you, so did the next best thing and perused your profile. Which, like your company, I have enjoyed greatly.
Cheers, Valerie

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Harry O'Neill

Sat 15th Jul 2017 14:57

(just visited my prof)

Thanks for your comments...The `Roger` thing was very short (an Echo competition)

The play was excruciating (three graduate daughters came to see it...the criticism was cruel).

But the Everyman!!!...that was only a dream...congrats!

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 17th May 2017 10:45

Cheers Linda for both of your comments. ;- )

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Tommy Carroll

Sat 20th Jun 2015 16:08

"And a warm man aft
To block the draught"...hmm
Ps I live off Edge Lane tc

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Andy N

Sun 27th Jul 2014 12:37

glad you liked it, Linda.

I've updated it now to make it 15 pieces

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Andy N

Sat 26th Jul 2014 12:19

Here are my 9 little poems for Heatons Twaiku, Linda.

May do some more 2moro but here are some to get you going

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Sat 5th Oct 2013 15:00

Love "curled like an idol moon".

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John F Keane

Fri 7th Jun 2013 20:00

That Tsetse Rat is a great poem. Especially the last stanza. I can really picture its curled body...

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Linda Cosgriff

Fri 7th Jun 2013 16:08

Hi Dorinda!

Decided to update my profile and I saw your comment - six months after you wrote it!

Thanks for your comment.

I've taken down the original poems and posted three others. I hope you like them.

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dorinda macdowell

Sat 13th Oct 2012 15:27

Hitler: An Argument in Favour of Abortion

Wonderful, wonderful poem, Linda! - it shines with sincerity and truth.

You have captured my feelings exactly, my friend.


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Linda Cosgriff

Mon 27th Sep 2010 11:19

Hi Winston. Thanks for the welcome. To be honest, I'm finding the site a little difficult to negotiate.

<Deleted User> (7075)

Wed 22nd Sep 2010 14:39

Hi there Linda, welcome to the site. Hopr you like what you find here. Winston :-)

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