Thanet Poetry Journal Volume 2!


It’s here! The second volume of Thanet Poetry Journal.

Our first issue was a resounding success, over 300 readers from around the world. It’s crazy to think that a group of poets, mostly from Kent have had their words travel further than many of us will ever journey ourselves. Thank you to everyone that made that happen, this couldn’t happen without the readers and poets that submit their work.

We’re continuing with our open submissions policy for volume 3. Anyone with a link to Thanet is welcome to submit to You could have performed her, written about her, lived here or simply visited. It all counts. You could even have worked with a poet from Thanet and we’ll consider you. This is about the collective breadth of our poetry family, not geographical turf wars.

Our submission guidelines can be found here: Thanet-Poetry-Journal-Submission-Guidelines

This issue, we are lucky enough to have Kirsty Louise Farley aka Faded Scribblings as our guest editor. Kirsty is one of my favourite local writers, finely honed and precise yet vulnerable and emotive, and her eye in constructing this edition has been invaluable.

As always, our Patreon is there for anyone who wants to help this Journal grow, or you can pick up one of our new print editions of volume 1 at poetry nights around kent for only £4. (We can sort out paypal and postage if you’re unable to fins us though)

Our next issue will be a special Takeover Edition, with the folks from Thanet Writers. They’ve put some serious legwork behind the local writing community, so it only makes sense for them to get involved and I can’t wait to see what they produce with us.



Getting Better: Don’t Lose Them!

There’s a few things you can get away with in page poetry that just wont stand for an audience. The poem is in your sole control, so the listener has no decision in timing and stress, it’s all on you. Now, this can be a good thing. It means your words will be as you intended and nothing gets lost in translation but, if your writing has faults, performance can reveal everything. Continue reading “Getting Better: Don’t Lose Them!”

Getting Better: Breaking the conventional poetry image

Poetry is the great democratising art form. It requires no extensive technique to write your first poem and it uses the same elements we use in communication every day. The trick lies in boiling that down to reveal beauty in everything from the dark to the mundane and everything between. But when you mention poetry to people, it can often trigger the wrinkled face of disdain.

I think the problem lies in the way schools teach poetry. While there’s some great stuff in the curriculum, much of what we’re shown is that which obviously uses the tricks teachers want to point out rather than more subtle works. Continue reading “Getting Better: Breaking the conventional poetry image”

Author – Editor – Publisher

Hi there. My name’s Connor.

For the last few years, I’ve been a self-publishing author and editor through my company Whisky&BeardsPublishing.

This is my site, just for me and the work I do, like a digital CV. Take a look around, check out my books, the workshops I’ve organised and helped with. Maybe, if it sounds good, you’ll buy one of my books or hire me to run a workshop. I’d like that, but I wont hold it against you if you don’t.