Hello, hello, welcome to the BritMums Poetry and Prose Roundup! Do come in from the cold ? would you like a cup of tea? I?ve just lit the fire and there?s a plate of biscuits waiting?
Yes, it?s October, the temperature is dropping and the nights are drawing in. Although there is a teeny bit of melancholy that comes with this time of year, I have to admit to feeling a certain amount of excitement too? crackling firesides, crunchy leaves, cuddly jumpers and cosy nights in on the sofa beckon. This is something that Jo at Fifty Something Fruitcake captured perfectly in this prose piece ? I can almost feel the fire warming me in that comfy armchair. Ahhhhh.
I think autumn is the perfect season for poetry and prose. The beauty of the season alone is inspirational, as Rosie showed in a piece of gorgeous, evocative writing that made me want to rush outside and explore nature. I felt similarly reading Mum Turned Mom?s beautiful poem, ?My happy place?, about the feeling of peace that woodlands and shorelines can bring. Lisa?s Life also wrote about nature in a poem about what makes her happy. Her trusty canine companion and cute baby nephew also featured, of course!
The happiness children bring also inspired Becky to write a lovely poem about her kids, whom she described as the ?treasures? in her life. Over at Little Hearts Big Love, Louise also wrote a beautiful, bittersweet poem about the fleeting moments of childhood, a feeling that Victoria at VeViVos captured too in a touching poem, ?Small?, which she read over a montage of photos of her daughter when she was little. It?s true, our children don?t stay small forever, and autumn brings its own particular reminder of this to parents of school-age children as we send our little ones off into the big wide world. As her son started school, Life With Six Kids wrote a poem about what she wanted for him and felt that personal growth was so much more important than grades ? I was nodding along.
As any parent knows, alongside heart-tugging love, children bring a lot of humour (and exasperation!) to our lives, and Pickles and Pords exemplified this perfectly in her poem about tea time with kids ? it?s all very familiar! And if you?re in the mood for a giggle, I can also recommend Sarah Miles? ?Social Status? (flash fiction with a twist) and this funny poem about junk mail from The Parent Game ? I feel exactly the same way.
Elsewhere in the blogosphere, creative synapses were sparking on other themes: Reneé at Mummy Tries wrote another gripping excerpt of her book, Tea Lady Mumbles wrote a poignant poem ? ?Lost?, and Rachael at Honest Speaks wrote an insightful poem that was open to a number of interpretations ? I love finding a piece like that. And then I was totally bowled over by this poem from Chrissie at Muddled Manuscript.
If you?re feeling creative too this autumn, then you might consider making some submissions. Paper Swans? bimonthly poetry and flash fiction competition is open until the end of this month and ? with a deadline of 1st February ? they?re also looking to publish 2 or 3 collections of poetry and flash fiction on any theme. Mother?s Milk Books is also welcoming submissions to their annual writing prize. Poetry and Prose should be on the theme of ?love? in a familial context and the closing date is 17th January. They have a category for kids too!
Need a bit of extra motivation to get those creative juices flowing? I always find reading the work of fellow writers inspirational (it?s one of the reasons I enjoy doing this roundup) and am regularly impressed by those who link up with my #WhatImWriting linky. Last month I shared some particularly motivational posts from the linky in my Ten Posts To Kickstart Your Writing ? have a read, you?ll be grabbing for that pen/keyboard in no time!
That?s it from me, Victoria will be back next month so, in the meantime, happy reading and writing!
About Maddy Bennett
Maddy lives on a windy hillside in beautiful Northumberland with her husband and three young children. Between school runs (and when the baby can be persuaded to nap) she writes flash fiction, short stories and poetry, much of which you can find on her blog Writing Bubble. From there, she also co-hosts ‘What I’m Writing’, a supportive linky for writers, poets and bloggers. She has a particular fondness for limericks ? the sillier the better ? and has been published by Iron Press. She is currently writing picture books and (very slowly) working on her first novel.