Sunday, 23 July 2017

Rice & Rain poetry pamphlet

Only two weeks to go before my debut poetry pamphlet is officially out from V. Press.
But I'll let you take a peek at how it looks like (on the outside)


So, what is Rice & Rain about? If you were to ask me, it's a snippet of my journey and identity. It's about distant homelands, culture, and human connections. However, if you really want to find out more about it, I feel my endorsers, Jane Commane and Jane Seabourne describe it best. Read their comments HERE
I'm thankful to Ruth Stacey for its beautiful cover. Sarah, my editor, asked me if I had an idea of what kind of design cover I'd like. I wanted something to do with stalks of rice and Ruth really captured this idea. Looking at it now, this remind me of the Filipino proverb my mum used to tell me:
"Parisan ang palay, habang nagkakalaman ay lalong nagpupugay"
It translates to something like: Be like a rice stalk, the more grains it bears, the lower it bows.
That's my mum reminding me to be humble.
And I will forever be humble, and grateful to everyone who helped me reached this point of my career as a poet. ****Thank you, everyone + to the lovely people in my Acknowledgement*** ;-)
Oh, and the good thing is you can now pre-order your copy HERE. Please do, it will be worth it :)

a poster of Philippine rice terraces as a background :-)

Monday, 12 June 2017

My forthcoming pamphlet has a title

After some time working with my publisher, and many brain storming, my debut poetry pamphlet forthcoming from V. Press has now got a title.

When I entered it to their poetry pamphlet competition in 2016, I didn't have a single clue what I would call it; some of my writer friends gave me tips on thinking of a title i.e. to find  a word I used in the  pamphlet which sums up the theme, or a memorable phrase/sentence in one of my poems. Initially I picked a word from my pamphlet which I felt also summed up the metaphorical theme of my pamphlet.. but later on, both my editor and I thought the title was not strong enough. So, another word was picked and those two words are joined  with "&". In the end, we went  for "Rice & Rain".

With this title, can you guess what the incorporating themes of my poetry pamphlet are?


Friday, 5 May 2017

My debut poetry pamphlet

I have previously mentioned that I will have my debut poetry pamphlet published this year by V. Press. Aside from writing poems for my Jerwood/Arvon mentorship, I have also been editing the manuscript for V. Press. Cups of tea after cups of tea - that's my fuel nowadays. I am so delighted that finally, I submitted my revised manuscript to V. Press yesterday and am now waiting for its finalisation.

Once I receive a thumbs up from the editor and sign the contract, I will then reveal the title of my pamphlet.

I'm so excited and I can't wait to share it with you!

Monday, 27 March 2017

I'm a Jerwood Arvon mentee

I'm so happy to announce that I am now a Jerwood Arvon mentee and will be working with the fabulous Pascale Petit for a year.

I will be working on developing my craft in poetry. On w/c March 13, I got to meet my fellow mentees and other mentors (from playwriting and fiction) during our masterclass week in Totleigh Barton.

We cooked, we hiked, drank wine and beer, shared our work, and of course, we wrote.

I'm so excited to level up my writing and I will share my experience on this blog to keep you updated :-)