Wise words from Newport poet Des Mannay whose poems are reached further than he could have imagined. His raw, witty, personal and often political poems have attracted the attention of editors and competition judges leading to opportunities to perform and publish across the globe and beyond… Seriously – some of his poems are due to be sent to the moon!
On this podcast he reads from his debut collection Sod ‘Em – and Tomorrow, and shares a writing exercise on family history:
“Take a story or myth which is a part of your family history. Reflect on how you fit in as part of that story.”
Everyone’s family background offers rich material for writing. Des talks about his background and how you can learn more about yours to respond to the writing exercise.
You are more than welcome to submit poems written in response to the prompt here. We’d love to read them and they may be featured on the blog or podcast.
Des has also embraced the global community that has grown through poetry events held on Zoom. Here are a few he recommends attending:
You can buy Des’s book here. Books by many of the poets featured on the podcast can be purchased via the Poetry Non-Stop bookshop here. All books purchased via this link help to raise money to keep this podcast going.