Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday 11th September 2019 – M.J. Mallon with Frank Prem, Bette A. Stevens, Amy Reade with Andi Cumbo-Floyd

This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from author Marjorie Mallon who invited poet Frank Prem over for a chat.

About Frank Prem

Frank Prem has been a storytelling poet for forty years. When not writing or reading his poetry to an audience, he fills his time by working as a psychiatric nurse.

He has been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies, in Australia and in a number of other countries, and has both performed and recorded his work as ‘spoken word’.

Frank has published two collections of free verse poetry – Small Town Kid (2018) and Devil In The Wind (2019).

He and his wife live in the beautiful township of Beechworth in northeast Victoria (Australia).

Good morning Marje, (at least it’s morning over here in Beechworth, the little town where I live in Australia).

Good morning Frank. So lovely to welcome you to my blog…

Your tagline ‘There are stories all around me’ really appeals to me. I agree with this one hundred percent! With so much inspiration everywhere how do you decide what to write about?

I suspect I may end up being a little indirect in my answer to this, Marje.

I decided a long time ago in my writing development that I should adopt a philosophy along the lines of – no single thing, however great or small, should be discarded from acting as the source of a poem. A story.

As a result, I’ve found myself writing about a snail crawling across the inner forest of a head of broccoli from my garden, about the king of the lizards running around in pursuit of life and death matters on my back veranda. The clouds and the sky.

Literally everything I encounter feels as though it has the potential to captivate, and there are days when I can’t switch that sense off. I see these stories everywhere.

One of the reasons I developed such an affinity for the small, I think, comes from my childhood and adolescence, where I was very conscious of coming from a small town, being a small fish, and yet feeling (of course) as though I was in the very centre of the functioning universe.

I decided that small needed to be celebrated, and I started by purposefully incorporating local place names in my poetry. Little locales of only a handful of people, but a name made real by being included in a poem.

Sometimes that seems enough.

The link below will take you to a poem I wrote about a possible World Tour I might undertake if ever I had a poetry ‘hit’. The idea of appearing and performing to sell-out crowds in these little places that sometimes consisted of nothing more than a hall and some scattered farms amused me enormously at the time. I’m a little gobsmacked, now, by the cheekiness of my then self, given that I’ve begun actively seeking out exactly such places as these to host readings and performances. . .

Please head over to check out the poem on the possible world tour and read the entire interview: https://mjmallon.com/2019/09/07/author-interview-frank-prem-storytelling-poet

Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074CDJPY9   Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17064826.M_J_Mallon 

Books by Frank Prem

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Prem/e/B07L61HNZ4 Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frank-Prem/e/B07L61HNZ4  Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18679262.Frank_Prem blog: https://frankprem.wordpress.com/

Maine’s Mooshead Lake, Hiking, Haiku, here, there and everywhere –

As a nature lover, teacher, reader and writer I often took my class on nature walks with clipboards, pencils and plenty of paper in hand. A great, creative writing project to do with the grandkids! Goal: each person finds something interesting and inspiring. It might be a flower, a tree, an insect. Subjects in the great outdoors are unlimited. Take notes, usually a list, word web or other diagram about one or two of the most interesting things you’ve observed.
The next post is from children’s author Bette A. Stevens who shares a magical field trip that brought children and nature together in a wonderful way.

Head over and read the rest of the post: https://4writersandreaders.com/2012/07/30/maines-moosehead-lake-hiking-haiku-here-there-and-everywhere

Books by Bette A. Stevens.

Pure Trash Bette Stevens

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M  Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6037707.Bette_A_Stevens

The next post is from author Amy Reade and her guest is fellow writer Andi Cumbo-Floyd

Today I welcome author Andi Cumbo-Floyd to Reade and Write. Andi’s books are not like the ones I typically have on my blog, but I have a feeling you’re going to find her work really compelling. She is the author of the new release, The Boy Who Could See Stars, and I’ll let her tell you a little more about it and her other books.

Congratulations on your latest release! Tell us a little about the book, The Boy Who Could See Secrets.

The book tells the story of 12-year-old Jedidiah Wilson and his imaginary friend Mavis, who is 63. Jed has always been able to see things people wanted to keep hidden, and one day, he sees a figure in the woods and follows her. He then takes his first journey through time. When he returns, he fills Mavis in, and they begin a great adventure to save their new friends.

This is my first middle grade book, and I find that very exciting. I have a son who is a toddler, so I enjoyed imagining him as a 12-year-old – who is much like his dad – and thinking about reading this book with him when’s he’s older. Plus, Mavis is modeled after my mother, Ruth, who died when she was 63. I love to have the opportunity to imagine how she might be with her grandson.

Who is the audience for the book? – find out more and about Andi: https://amreade.wordpress.com/2019/09/10/author-spotlight-andi-cumbo-floyd/

A selection of books by Amy Reade

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2 – Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2  Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and enjoy these posts as much as I did.. thanks Sally.

 

 

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21 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday 11th September 2019 – M.J. Mallon with Frank Prem, Bette A. Stevens, Amy Reade with Andi Cumbo-Floyd

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