Book launch - Imagine a Kiss

Hosted on Zoom by Dempsey & Windle Publishing, Thursday 4 February 7.30pm

Moira Andrew's 99th book was launched during this well-attended virtual event.

As well as readings by Moira Andrew and Norman Leater, it featured readings by guest poets David Ashbee, Jenna Plewes, John Rice and John Mole.

Poetry readings and book launches

Hunting Raven Bookshop, Frome, 10 April 2019

The well-attended book launch of Hand in Hand, an anthology by the Nunney Poetry Workshop edited by Moira Andrew, took place at Hunting Raven Bookshop on Cheap Street in Frome on Wednesday 10 April 2019 at 7pm. This also featured Moira's new book Geese and Daughters.

There are photos of this event on the blog.

Poetry workshops

Nunney, Somerset, monthly

Moira Andrew on the poetry workshops she runs in Nunney:

"The teacher in me is always keen to share my love of poetry with others, so over several years I have organised poetry workshops for both adults and children. Now I concentrate on those for adults, having recently run poetry projects for Lapidus and for Poetry Space in Cornwall."

"I also set up a workshop in a café in Falmouth where we used to meet once a month. We drank coffee, read, listened to and wrote poetry. (Two of my then-students have since had their own poetry collections published)."

"When I moved to Frome four years ago I set up a poetry workshop in our home in Nunney. We meet on the second Wednesday morning of each month, sit round the dining room table, paper, poetry books and pens to hand. We are friends now, laugh together, listen to poetry – our own and that of other, mainly contemporary poets. We share silence and stillness when the poems touch our hearts and finger our emotions."

Mark Maddrell on the poetry workshops run in Nunney by Moira Andrew:

"Our monthly Nunney Poetry Group has been running successfully for over three years. It has grown from the initial core of 6 or 7, and there is now a waiting list to join. We published our first mini-anthology, Hand in Hand, before Christmas 2018."

"Moira has the incredible ability to hold the space lightly whilst bringing out the inner poet in each of us. Every session is a challenging, creative process with much joy and laughter. Equally there have been cathartic and tearful moments. Our tears and laughter can be deeply therapeutic, and both have led to some truly beautiful poetry."

Di Coffey on the poetry workshops at Bell Court in Falmouth run by Moira Andrew:

"I have fond memories of climbing the stairs at the deli in Bell Court, clutching a mug of black coffee then settling down on a window seat and watching Moira up-end her bag of ‘prompts’ onto the table. Pebbles, perhaps feathers, chiffon scarves or photographs and many more. Then we would each read from the anthology of poems Moira had prepared related to that month’s prompt."

"Thus inspired, we would set to and create our own poems and read them aloud to each other. I have attended many other poetry workshops but none have ever been as welcoming, non-elitist and encouraging as those run by my dear friend, Moira Andrew and I greatly envy the poets in Nunney who now have this born teacher as their mentor."

Coaching for poets and authors

Rates available at request

Moira Andrew coaches and mentors poets and children's authors worldwide by telephone, email and online video conference. A seasoned poet and children's author with almost a hundred published works to her name, Moira's practical advice and great listening skills are sure to enhance your own writing in no time.

‘The world is full of poets whose work leaves you thinking "that's all very clever but what the hell is he (or she) on about?" That is never the case with Moira's poems. She writes about the experiences of real people, very often based on her own life, and you connect with them immediately. Yes they are clever, but in the way she distills the essence of being a human being down to a few carefully chosen phrases, filled with humour, love and humanity. She is a treasure.’