Soon it will start - the beach body ready scrubs, sit-ups and sermons to bare all.
Halloween for me isn't a time to get spooked or dress up. It's my time for remembrance. I don't go to my father's grave, it gives me anxiety attacks. I've only been once since his funeral 22 years ago. For me a grave is no place to remember the dead, it just brings back awful… Continue reading My Halloween
The only reason books should ever be banned is when you are attempting to write one. One of the biggest obstacles to my writing was my beautiful and detailed research plan. I got totally lost in other people's stories. I was reading like a writer: underlining and making copious notes on themes, character and sentence… Continue reading Why Books Should Be Banned
In 2011 I took a job that involved a two hour commute on a bone shaker train, there and back again. I became a train zombie, zoning out in this still time, resenting the loss of all of these moments. I was playing with an idea for a book but I was precious about process.… Continue reading 7 Ways To Steal Time to Write
So I've just completed NaPoWriMo for the first time. Thirty poems in thirty days. I feel amazing and a bit burned out. The extra challenge this year was that I also had a 4 month old baby boy. Every poem written for NaPoWriMo was written one handed on my phone whilst breastfeeding or whilst the… Continue reading Behind the Scenes of My NaPoWriMo
The wily among you may have noticed I appear to have two names – Carmen Thompson and Carmen Marcus. Some people have reacted to this with acceptance, some with confusion. So who the hell is Carmen Marcus? Carmen Marcus is the answer to the question all writers dread about their work … ‘What’s it about?’… Continue reading Who is Carmen Marcus?
I’m just completely over the moon to announce that the Book of Godless Verse has been awarded an Arts Council Grant for its second phase. So a huge thanks to all of you wonderful contributors and supporters of the project – because it’s your reading, commenting, sharing and taking part that makes it work. It’s… Continue reading A Stranger’s Case: The Book of Godless Verse Phase 2
Half of the people are there to see someone defy death, the other half are there to see if death might win. This split is the dark heart of circus and it’s this tight-rope line between life and death that makes it ‘Death and Resurrection Show’, the show we are all players within.
A Book of Godless Verse Story August 1984: Crayon blue sky, paddling pools squeak-splash, lawn mowers whine making the hot ground buzz. I’m eight and a quarter, I’m so bored I sit on my brick wall watching prickly heat pop on my ghost white thighs waiting for something, anything to happen. Then she comes down… Continue reading Dancerbird: The Girl Inside the Storm
I'm very excited to have been chosen as one of the Verb New Voices 2015 with my 'Book of Godless Verse' concept, alongside some truly incredible spoken word performers and writers. When people ask where do ideas come from for a project it's often impossible to say. All of us are bombarded with ideas all… Continue reading My ‘Book of Godless Verse’ Project Wins BBC Radio 3 Verb New Voices 2015