I recommend visiting Their anthology 'Musings on Mothering' is one of the best anthologies I've been in - it's worth it for the art alone, never mind all the fantastic writing! You can see more about it on my publications page. But the site isn't just about the book - it's trying to support and celebrate breastfeeding, which is a fine cause. This terrific press also published my second collection! I judged their 2014 poetry competition. See more on the Books page.


Calum Kerr is one of the best flash-fiction writers around, and an all-round good guy. He's the founder of National Flash Fiction Day and also runs online courses in various aspects of writing, provides reading, editing and typesetting services, will act as a mentor for your writing, and will produce bespoke short story pamphlets to order.

Penelope Turnbull, a superb poet from Australia, has had the brilliant idea of publishing rejected poems with their rejection letters! Rejection is an inevitable part of the published poet's process, so it's great to see it handled with such grace and humour. Read Pen's own work or submit your own at:

Dominic Berry, Manchester's premier queer vegan poet, is one of the hardest working poets on the circuit and one of the nicest blokes you could possibly hope to meet, which stops it being too sickening that he's so talented. Dom has to take a lot of the credit for the atmosphere of the Manchester poetry scene, where poets help each other and bounce ideas off each other in a very dynamic and exciting way - if you come to any event or workshop organised by Dominic then you'll always get more than you expected! Anyway, see more at:

Ann Wilson is the person who suggested a website to me, so I'm very grateful to her. She's also a poet without compare; funny, clever, quirky and unique. Her website is at

Andy N is a poet and musician, running the 'Poets and...' night in Bolton. A prolific writer, he has shoals of poems that swim all over the place, but often have a darkly comic sting in the tail. Er, do fish have stings in the tails? Um...anyway, he's very good. Find out more at

For poets and potential poets and other writers

I have a listings site of opportunities for writers - writing competitions and calls for submissions, with NO submission fees or entry fees, and all with easy electronic entry. Some pay, some offer free copies and some are just for fun. Many are unthemed and just ask for poetry and/or fiction, but there are many inspiring themes too. If you aren't a submitter, then the themes can make great writing prompts. See more at Comps and Calls is a great place to find projects that are currently calling for submissions.

Hope Clark's Funds for Writers is very useful for those who are looking to make progress in their writing careers.

Create 'word clouds' from your text at Wordle Pretty, fun and literary.

This is a useful site for anyone thinking of a freelance writing career: "The Ultimate Freelance Writing Career Guide"