Many thanks to poet Angela Topping for a wonderful review of my latest book, and thanks also to Sabotage Reviews for giving space to it. So pleased, and so grateful, and so nice that a brilliant poet such as Angela has written these things! To quote from the review: “Mab Jones is a poet of detail, of concrete objects pulling their weight. Occasionally surreal, she has originality of thought and imagination. Technically, she is skilful. Indigo Dreams have created a quality slim volume with a striking, fitting cover, and the poems within do not disappoint. I look forward to reading … Continue reading Review!

Molly Parkin Preview (& Dylan Day)

This lucky ducky (rhyming already, cos She Is Poet) was in London over the weekend, and as part of her schedule of pleasures popped to the impeccable, plush, and positively gorgeous Vout-o-Reenee’s for a swift drink. In fact the drink was tea, for the proprietors of the property, Sophie Parkin and her delightful partner, who’s name I did not ask the spelling of, were being very busy and bee-like prepping the pictures for mum Molly Parkin’s 85th birthday and art exhibition this week. The exhibition is a retrospective of the past sixty years of Molly’s painting. The icon still paints … Continue reading Molly Parkin Preview (& Dylan Day)

Hygge Feature #18 Objects of Happiness

Originally posted on Angela Topping:
Most people have some small possessions of little monetary value, but great joy is attached to them, either because they please the senses or because they are associated with a happy memory or a loved person. Using and touching these things enables the owner to enjoy a sense of living in the moment, which is a key aspect of hygge. Cupboard I, who’ve inherited nothing, exceptthis nose more arched than a harp,these hips made to cradle a life,find in these old things enoughto still my quivering beak, which pricks in every direction of a map;enough… Continue reading Hygge Feature #18 Objects of Happiness

Voices on the Bridge – Looking Forward!

Originally posted on Celfypridd:
What a lineup! Not to be missed! Mab Jones is a “unique talent” (The Times), who has read her poems all over the UK, in the US, Ireland, France, and Japan. She is the author of Poor Queen (Burning Eye Books, 2014) and take your experience and peel it (Indigo Dreams, 2016), which won the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize. She has also won the John Tripp Spoken Poetry Audience Award, the Word Factory Neil Gaiman Short Story comp, and the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, amongst others. In 2015 she was the… Continue reading Voices on the Bridge – Looking Forward!

Writer spotlight: meet Mab Jones

Mab Jones arrived at the writing party relatively late, at the age of 29, but has really made the most of it since. The 39-year-old poet, writer, journalist, event organiser and teacher aspired to be a writer and artist from a young age, and finally started putting her goals into practice just before turning 30. One reason, she said, for not starting sooner was: “I felt very lacking in confidence, and I didn’t know how to get into writing.” Everything changed for Mab, however, when she discovered Literature Wales’s bursaries for new writers. The Cardiff native decided to put some words… Continue reading Writer spotlight: meet Mab Jones

Hygge Feature #4

Originally posted on Angela Topping:
Today it’s all about food, and it won’t be the only one with that angle! Home-made food is all about being cosy, sharing, and being in the present moment. Making Bread   Pungent baking smells fill the house. Three loaves cool on wire racks. A sharp knife separates a half inch slice, speckled with oval sunflower sections. A happy sigh ; the family is home. First, a warm kitchen, Tough brown bags of organic, wholemeal, Stone-ground grains ; wheat, barley, rye. Warm water, salt crystals, pearls of yeast (Using the simplest and best, only the… Continue reading Hygge Feature #4

Poetry Film Advent Calendar

I’ve been very busy recently, touting my book about, and teaching at Cardiff Uni, but the travel and the tutoring are all finished for the holidays, now. So, I thought I’d write my first blog post in a while, and let you know about poet Claire Trévien‘s excellent poem film project, in which she creates an original poetry film for each advent calendar countdown day of the month. So far, the project has included wonderful poets such as Wendy Pratt, Zoë Brigley Thompson, and Catherine Ayres, as well as myself. Today’s poem film, with poetry by Kallie Rose, and film by Claire, made my heart feel as if it … Continue reading Poetry Film Advent Calendar