Poetry and Prose Roundup: An Autumnal feel

poetry round-upWelcome back to the BritMums poetry and prose roundup. I don’t know about you but the feeling of Autumn crept up on me before my daughter even went back to school! Of course, that means the nights are drawing in and the mornings are feeling that bit more chilly. I have to say that I find a sort of comfort in this time of the year.

As with most summers, many bloggers took a hiatus from their writing and took valuable time out for their friends and family but when you have a creative brain, it certainly does not want to shut down! There were still a few writers out there who could not resist the pull of publishing something – me included! I believe that, as a result of my break, I wrote one of my favourite poems entitled ‘Home’. See how many films you can spot! I also have co-written a poem for a friend’s wedding reading coming up in October.

There has been a number of success stories over the summer. Paper Swans, run by the talented Sarah Miles, continues to go from strength to strength and over the summer they launched their new anthology, Schooldays. This took place in London, Oxford and Edinburgh over three Saturdays in August. Renee from Mummy Tries also signed a publishing deal for her book, Become the Best You. My co-editor, Maddy from Writing Bubble, has also been hard at work putting together three manuscripts for some children’s picture books – although she has found that it is not so easy when some of the things sound inappropriate! I love her take on this in a post she wrote back in August.

Back at the start of the summer, Jeannette at Autism Mumma put together her thoughts on Schools Out and shared her thoughts on how she hoped her children would have great memories of their summer holidays just like she does. Sara from Mum Turned Mom continues to write some beautiful words and, for her linky The Prompt, she wrote a wonderful piece entitled ‘The Beach’. With the Great British Bake Off back on our screens, The Uncheshire Wife summed up the programme brilliantly in her poem GBBO…buns, bottoms and baking. Lisa at Lisas Life celebrated her 1,000th post with a poem and I also enjoyed the poem ‘Sea Air’ from Emily at Poetry Pickle.

As ever, Leigh at Headspace Perspective wrote with such feeling in her post ‘One Boy Will Always Be Missing’ and then, Rosie at Eco-Gites wrote about loss in ‘Saari’s Tale’. In contrast, but also just as beautifully, Maria at Collecting Moments wrote ‘My Daughter Taught Me How to Play’ and Tracey Bowden at One Frazzled Mum wrote down her thoughts in a short story based on real life events.

Finally, I wanted to finish with two of my favourite poems over the last couple of weeks, both from the talented Lucy Dorrington who writes the blog ‘The Parent Game’. Firstly, there is a poem for mums of train-obsessed boys and then, something I can really associate with, The Wash Day Blues.

That’s it from me for this month, but join Maddy next month for her thoughts on the poetry, prose and fiction world during September.

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About Victoria Welton

Victoria is a forty something Mum to Grace and Rex, partner to writer and actor Ross and lives in the beautiful countryside of Somerset. A blogger since 2012, she has been writing poetry and lyrics for years and has been lucky enough to perform two of her songs on stage. You can find her blog at Verily Victoria Vocalises. From there she runs a poetry link ‘Prose For Thought’on the first Thursday of every month. She is also a professional photographer, having started her business on her return from maternity leave.