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By tonymitton, May 2 2018 09:52AM

Breath Words is a small volume of 21 poems. Its territory is that of Zen Buddhism, Mindfulness and transience. If you're interested in getting hold of a copy please email my business address at [email protected]

By tonymitton, Apr 19 2018 09:11AM

This is just publications news. My novel, Potter's Boy, was published last November 2017. It got a very nice little review in the Financial Times + other very positive online reviews of various kinds. It's being published in several other countries so far, Netherlands, Vietnam (probably both in translation) and in USA in Jan 2019, under the adapted title 'The Potter's Boy' as they fear over there that there might be confusions with a certain other Potter. I've agreed to that as I feel they probably know their public better than I do. Also, that other title, with the definite article, did vie with 'Potter's Boy' as a possible alternative for a while. So now it can be both.

It's on the Branford Boase Award long list at present. One of about 20 books. The shortlist (often about 7 books, I think) will be announced on 2nd May 2018. So we're in with a chance there, fingers crossed,

though not too tightly, as awards are not the be all and end all of literary quality and status. For a writer

they can be distracting. So one should remain circumspect. And just quietly grateful for the attention/acknowledgement that a shortlist or indeed a prize might bring.

At a more modest, but for me no less significant level, I have set up my own imprint called Plain Words Publishing. This is a means to organise my lifetime's accumulation of adult poems into some kind of

coherent shape. Apart from this website, I've done almost nothing in the past to circulate this work. The website helps to avoid what I call 'The Emily Dickinson Effect', that of continuing to write poems that go nowhere else but to a trunk, or these days to a box file or lever arch thingy, weighing on one's bookshelf and one's conscience as something to be dealt with.

My first poetry pamphlet / small book consists of 21 poems chosen from poems written between 2000 and 2017. It's called Breath Words. If you're interested, simply email me at my business email : [email protected] and I can arrange to send a copy out to you. I shall probably post my circular letter and the book introduction on this News page shortly.

I hope also to be adding new poems to the poems list here soon, and maybe removing some oldies that I'm no longer so keen on. That's well overdue...

Yours in the Word, Tony ;)

By tonymitton, Jan 21 2017 10:01AM

That's good. I've just tried printing out one of the poems from the Poems page and it came out fine. I also tried copying and pasting a poem from the Poems page to my microsoft word and that also worked well. So it should be easy for anyone now to print out or copy poems they like for their own (non-profitmaking) purposes. Any commercial use will need permission, of course. You'll find reference to that elsewhere on this site. But putting a poem on display or in an album, real or virtual, should be fine, provided my name is on it.

That's good. The site seems fit for purpose now. Very best, Tony

By tonymitton, Jan 21 2017 09:39AM

The new look site is up and running now. It's easier on the eye and should be easier to access from devices other than standard computers and laptops. It shouldn't be a problem for those standard devices either. I haven't finished checking it over and trying things out yet so I hope to be doing that over the next week or so. Once that's done I really do intend to be working more on some of my adult poems and maybe putting a few more up here. If my calculations are right the poems themselves will now be standard black print on white background, so for those of you who want to print them out for your own purposes the process should be easier and bring a clearer, better result.

This is my first post from home, using the new system, so I'll publish now and see if it comes up as expected. Here we go . . .


By tonymitton, Sep 16 2016 12:24PM

I've made a date with my very good webdesigner, Kate Macrae, to get together to update this website at last. It has been dormant for too long. I think she intends to convert it to an HTML version that will adapt better to the various devices that people now use to browse the internet. Also, I'll refresh my memory as to how to put new material on it from time to time. Most especially new poems and thoughts about poems and the writing of poetry. Our date is set for November so it may yet take a while. Meanwhile I may tinker a little, using my notes to help me. So a few new poems may go up over the next couple of months if I can still work the site adequately for that. If you don't do these things regularly, the knowledge just slips away, at least in my case, being 65 and having grown up in a non-digital world.

Let's see if I can at least post this blog so that it reads. ;)

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