It was a real pleasure to have Michelle as a guest on the programme. Her history in poetry and her genuine love of words shine through. We talk of inspiration and difficult times, the process and pleasure of competing for and living the term
Michelle Diaz has been writing since the late 90s and began her life as a poetry performer in 1998 at The Poetry Café in Covent Garden. She studied English Language and Literature at Manchester University and always had a love of words and a passion for poetry.
In 2009 she had two poems accepted by Live Canon, which were performed onstage in Greenwich. Between 2015 and 2017 she hosted a monthly poetry group in Glastonbury. She also became a Wells Fountain Poet. In 2017, she won 3rd prize in the Mere Literary Festival Poetry Competition. She also began regularly submitting her poetry to a range of magazines with an encouraging amount of success. She has been widely published online and in print and has recently been accepted for several anthologies. She has been part of the open mic at Swindon Poetry Festival, Words and Ears in Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Wells Fountain poets. Poetry and a Pint in Bath and many other venues.In 2017 she was the inaugural winner of the Glastonbury Bardic Silver Pen award. She also won the 2018 Christabel Hopesmith NHS Competition judged by Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon. Her debut pamphlet The Dancing Boy is published by Against the Grain Press.
These are the poems read during the programme
‘How Sharper than a Serpent’s Tooth’ – Against the Grain Poetry Press
‘Absence’ – published by Lighthouse Journal – Julia Webb (Print Issue)
‘The Dancing Boy’ Against the Grain Poetry Press
The Fridge – Poetry Wales – https://poetrywales.co.uk/michelle-diaz-how-i-wrote-the-fridge/
Maddy – Cafe Writers
Glastonbury Bardic Trials 2022 – Ynys Witrin – Michelle Diaz
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“Go blame dumb god” – “little hive of forgiveness” – such powerful lines.
Beauty and redemption out of damage. A pleasure to listen to. Thank you both, David and Michelle.