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Chris Hubbard

Fri 20th Oct 2017 01:23

Hi Frances,

I'm home in WA at the moment, after seven months (whew!) away but I will be back in the UK early-ish in the New Year. The fact is that I have always hankered after a visit to Ireland, but never quite made it. This gives the perfect final "push" to do just that!

Many thanks,

Chris

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Thu 19th Oct 2017 12:58

Hi Chris,
I don't know if you're at home in WA at the moment or visiting UK as you've said you will be doing both regularly.
So I wondered if you find yourself in Ireland or the Cliffs of Moher may I recommend you pop into a lovely little bookshop near there: https://www.facebook.com/TheSalmonBookshopLiteraryCentre/
If you have time and she's in - introduce yourself to Jessie Lendennie who also runs Salmon Poetry: http://www.salmonpoetry.com/about-salmon.php
She's mentioned she'd love to meet more WA poets and please give her my best regards. 😃

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Chris Hubbard

Fri 24th Feb 2017 13:47

Hi Frances,

It's a small world when one can make contact within a city via an organisation on the other side of it!

Thanks for this information, which I will certainly follow up on. However, I'm off in a couple of weeks for a trip lasting six months, so my participation will be a little sparse at times. Luckily for me, my travels include plenty of time in the UK, so I plan to appear in open mics, etc. while I'm there.

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Thu 23rd Feb 2017 08:23

HI Again Chris,
For my 50th birthday, I decided to give myself a degree in Creative Writing which I did at ECU. I was in the first intake of the new course and loved it.
Glen has been a mentor, now a valued friend and colleague, I'm know he'd be very pleased to 'catch up' with an ex student.
There's also the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA Branch in Cottesloe... not sure which suburb you live. Always good value and another place to read.
Voicebox is a good night and well organised, so I recommend them as a gentle introduction to reading to an audience.
Keep writing, I'll keep reading and best of luck with performance.
Cheers,
Sue

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Tue 21st Feb 2017 11:47

I have a moment this morning, so I've read your bio in detail. I like your attitude to writing poetry. My twin daughters are always saying: 'Mum, write for people just like us, who love your poems. Don't write for other poets.'

I got a 'smack' recently from one of my girls: 'You use too many big words! What the heck is a 'lacuna'. 'My reply: 'Look it up! No other word would do.'

But I really do make a huge effort to be simple. Not simple-minded, of course. But, hopefully, understood. I don't think clarity means 'writing down', just expressing myself as accurately as I possibly can, to convey an idea. There are always 'layers' of interpretation. I've never been good at just 'pure sound' in the abstract, but sound is a huge element in my choice of diction.

I'm gone.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 14th Jan 2017 16:31

Welcome to WOL. I look forward to reading more of your work. But I'm short on time today. Catch up with you again soon.

Terrific bio. I really want to absorb 'Celtic Memory'.

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