Thursday, January 12, 2012

Nice news to start my sort-of year of poetry....

I just got back from a lovely 24 hours at the heavenly Totleigh Barton Arvon Foundation centre to some nice news! My poem, (yup, a poem) Dreams of a Tea Seller has been commended in the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry competition. I am thrilled thrilled thrilled! I was too scared to even call anything of mine a poem four months ago, I felt utterly unqualified to even mention poetry. Now it seems that, perhaps, I am actually writing poetry. Delighted! Congratulations to the winners and all the highly commended and commended poems!

14 delightful comments:

caughtwriting said...

Congratulations! Brilliant news for you, you must be thrilled. I look forward to that happy day myself this year. Best wishes. Polly

Tania Hershman said...

Thanks so much, Polly! Wishing it for you too!

Vanessa Gebbie said...

oooh how fab! Did I hear an early draft of that poem?? wonderful stuff. Not surprised. congrats!

Sarah Hilary said...

What lovely news! Congratulations, Poet Tania!

Sue Guiney said...

I know I shouldn't say it, but...told you so! :-)
Hige congrats and hugs!

Tania Hershman said...

V - yes you did! And thank you, I'm so chuffed!

Sarah, thanks... no no don't call me that, this one's a fluke. Not a poet, not yet!

Sue, thanks so much, you were/are so so helpful and inspiring, thanks for all your help with line breaks ;)

Martha said...

Fantastic, and not the least bit surprised that you can do it!

Marisa Birns said...

Congratulations, Tania! Do admire how you stretch yourself creatively. You are wonderful example to us all!

Tania Hershman said...

Martha, thank you! If I can...

Marisa,
thanks, I have had and still get a lot of help along the way, and am very inspired by Vanessa and Sue (above) and many more who move from one form to another.

Isabel Rogers said...

That's fab news! If you can do this in four months you'll be up for the Eliot in 2014 ...

Tania Hershman said...

Thanks, Isabel - you are clearly a stand-up comic ;) On a serious note, I'm glad I've got over my fear of poetry and terror of line breaks. I bet I'm not alone in that...

chillcat said...

Congratulations! Lovely start to the year!

Dora Dee said...

Sorry I've been so late in my congratulations! I'm suffering through some major home renovations but it's all good. It's almost over. Now if I can only find some time to write.

Tania Hershman said...

Thanks, Cat!

Dora, I hope the renovations aren't making you crazy, good luck with it all!