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Work it out

Alison Chisholm looks at the way a poet can develop fresh ideas in a workshop setting

Poets struggle constantly to find something new to say and a fresh way to say it.

Unless we are lucky enough to be blessed with a Muse who visits regularly, we need to find stimuli that will excite poems out of us. Reading the poetry of others may inspire new work. Keen observation and a touch of eavesdropping can inspire more. But sometimes we need to be in touch with other people who can fuel our creative imagination.

Instead of looking at a single poem in this issue, we are going to consider the work begun in a series of workshops – occasions whose function is to tempt participants to write in different and exciting ways. We visit them through the eyes of Pennant Roberts, a poet of many years’ experience whose preferred writing is performance poetry. He writes monologues and comic verse, often based on observations of nature and human behaviour, and on contrasts between today and yesterday. He is always seeking inspiration, and loves playing with words to conjure new poems from them.

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In the first issue of Writing Magazine for the New Year, we look at what's hot for 2018 as publishing insiders share their predictions for the year ahead. You can get your writing year off to a great new start with advice for all writers - whether you write crime, romance, fantasy, poetry, historical fiction or for children, we've got something in this issue to help and inspire you. • Our star interview is the queen of dynasty sagas, the great Barbara Taylor Bradford. • Keep up to date with the latest opportunities to sell your work and see it in print, and win £58,142 in writing prizes.

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