Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 30th March 2021 – #Poetryreading Frank Prem, #Research Joan Hall, #Review Judith Barrow

A selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and I hope that you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post is from Frank Prem who shares much of his poetry on Youtube. In this post Frank provides a masterclass in how to read short poems effectively.

Frank Prem – Poet and Author

How to read short poetry – an introduction (of sorts)

Have you ever tried to listen to someone struggling over how to read short poetry? It can be an aggravating experience. In any case, I’ll try to explain why I find it so, in a moment, but first I should acknowledge that short poetry – such as haiku and similar short forms – haibun, tanka and so on, are wonderful, disciplined writing forms, designed to pack a big conceptual and meaningful impact in just a handful of words. I like that concept very much.

I don’t enjoy the strictures and discipline that the forms demand.

For the most part, I also don’t enjoy listening to them being read aloud to an audience.
How to read to an audience – a brief refresher

Many, if not most authors have little idea of how to read to an audience or how to present their work to best advantage in a reading. This is the case whether for live or recorded readings.

It is something of an absent art which I don’t want to address in detail here, but will mention a couple of the more obvious “do’s and don’t’s“. My personal context is poetry reading, but the general principles apply regardless.

Head over to enjoy the rest of Frank’s tutorial:How to read short poetry by Frank Prem

The next post is from Joan Hall writing on Story Empire about research for novels… getting your facts right is so important and an error can stick out like a sore thumb and ruin an otherwise good book.

Research – Love It or Hate It

Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today.

I have a confession to make. When I first began writing fiction, I hated to do research. I didn’t want to bother with such mundane tasks. Once I even wrote a blog post titled “Research, A Necessary Evil.”

I’m not sure why I had such an aversion. I’ve always loved history and trivia. In general, I’m a curious person and there’s no telling what might pique my interest.

But with writing, I was like “Thanks, but no thanks.” Maybe I wanted to adhere to the adage, “Write what you know.” Needless to say, it didn’t take long for me to discover I knew very little.

The setting of my first novel was in a fictional Texas town during the horrible drought of 2011. I lived through that time. I experienced the better part of two months where the daytime temperatures reached triple digits. I saw streams dry up that had never done so in my lifetime and the water levels drop to all-time lows.

I lived in fear of wildfires spreading into my neighborhood and knew of friends who had to evacuate their homes. I’d lived through it, so I knew all there was to know, right? 

Head over to read the rest of the post and leave your comments for Joan there: Research Love it or Hate it – Story Empire with Joan Hall

And the final post today is a book review from Judith Barrow for Emmet and Me by Sara Gethin a fellow #Honno author.

Book Description :

Summer 1966: When her father comes home with lipstick on his collar, ten-year-old Claire’s life is turned upside down. Her furious mother leaves the family and heads to London, and Claire and her brothers are packed off to Ireland, to their reclusive grandmother at her tiny cottage on the beautifully bleak coast of Connemara. A misfit among her new classmates, Claire finds it hard to make friends until she happens across a boy her own age from the school next door. He lives at the local orphanage, a notoriously harsh place. Amidst half-truths, lies and haunting family secrets, Claire forms a forbidden friendship with Emmet – a bond that will change both their lives forever. 

Head over to read Judith Barrow’s review for this intriguing book:Review Emmet and me by Sara Gethin – by Judith Barrow


Thanks for visiting today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally.