Monday, 16 March 2020

Cabin Fever!

Being isolated due to a global pandemic sounds quite interesting until it happens, and then you find out very quickly that it is extremely boring, and involves a constant background hum of stress.  Even if you haven't self-isolated, you have probably found that most, if not all of the things you'd usually be doing are cancelled.  Perhaps, like me, you have had to cancel almost everything that would have generated your income for the next couple of months.

So what will you do with all of this time?  In an effort to avoid a daily covid-19 news spiral, or vegetating in front of netflix (though that will happen too no doubt), I decided I wanted to spend some time every day doing something creative, something that would refocus my attention; something positive.

Cabin Fever Creative Month is what I came up with.  A month of creative writing prompts and exercises doled out to you one a day, so that you can spend some time each day doing something creative, inspiring, and grounding - whether for ten minutes or a couple of hours is up to you.  Cabin Fever is designed to be low pressure (we surely have enough going on), and suitable for writers of just about anything; those new to writing who would like to give it a try, and those stuck at home looking to spend some time creatively and work on a skill, those who already write but would like some fresh inspiration and a group of likeminded creatives to connect with.  There will be prompts from me, as well as some other wonderful writers!

And best of all, you can do the lot from your barricaded flat, living off cold tinned spaghetti or whatever we've all been reduced to by April.  It even comes with a fb group where you can share your work, chat, or find support.

So, if you're self-isolating, social-distancing, or just fancy spending some time exploring your creativity through writing, join the Cabin Fever Creatives for a month of creative prompts, jokes about hazmat suits, and a space to lament when you run out of biscuits.

The course will begin on the 30th of March and run for four weeks, finishing on the 27th of April.
To keep it as accessible as possible, the cost is £15 per person.

The course has already started, is it too late to join?
Not at all!  People joining after we begin will be sent all of the prompts thus far as a document, so they don't miss out on anything and can respond to them in their own time.

Questions?  Feel free to drop me an email at


Friday, 8 November 2019

Autumn & Winter poetry cards

Last year my winter poetry cards were so popular that I've decided to do them again, this time with some new designs (and new poems!) added in for those who like to celebrate autumn too.

Each card is printed on recycled paper using environmentally sound practices, and will be sent using plastic free packaging.  They each feature original writing by me, either an extract or a whole poem, and beautiful photography by Victoria Kuzmina and the wonderful Annie Spratt (whose work you might have seen in Creative Countryside magazine).

 You can choose from five designs:

Wintering, Porcelain & Snow, Solstice

Autumn Stories, Blackberries

To purchase, simply add whichever options suit you to the cart below before checking out, and make
sure to note your chosen designs if you buy a pack of 3 or 5. 

Please note: I will be away from the 17th to the 23rd of November.  Any cards purchased during this period will be sent out once I'm home! 

Pick your designs

Friday, 8 March 2019

Dr Rhiannon's Cabinet of Creative Curiosities

Enter the Wunderkammer and be inspired by the objects within!

A creative writing workshop with award-winning poet Rhiannon Hooson, which draws on a collection of curious, intriguing, and remarkable objects to inspire, appall, and delight.  Together we will examine wonders from the natural world, ancient pieces from the past, and objects that have inspired artists from all walks of life, and create poems based on their intriguing histories. 

Whether you are an experienced poet or a beginner, come along and be inspired!

This workshop will take place in September at Whitton Old School in Powys, but will also be available as an ONLINE WORKSHOP.


Online workshop

As a part of making my workshops more accessible to all, I have decided to offer selected workshops as one-off online creative toolkits that will be offered at the slightly discounted rate of £25.  This will allow you to take the same workshop as those at the day events, but in your own time, and in your own home. 

  When you preorder the online version of the workshop, you will get:

  • A comprehensive and detailed breakdown of all the themes explored. 
  • Inspirational prompts and creative techniques to help you get the most out of the workshop.
  • A structured progression of exercises to complete in your own time, designed to guide you through the creation of several pieces of work.
  • Suggested further reading and printable worksheets.
Please note, you will be sent the content of the workshop via email.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

Monday, 26 November 2018

Winter Poetry Cards

Edit: these are now SOLD OUT.  Thank you all for your interest!

There was interest over on instagram in some poetry cards for christmas!  I've put together a small number of them with three different poems and designs, and they're now available to buy.

Each card is printed on recycled paper using environmentally sound practices, and will be sent using plastic free packaging.  They each feature original writing by me, either an extract or a whole poem, and beautiful photography by Victoria Kuzmina and the wonderful Annie Spratt (whose work you might have seen in Creative Countryside magazine). 

Pack of 5 choices

There are several options: each individual design, a pack of all 3, and a pack of 5 comprising whatever combination you'd like.  Just choose from the drop down menu!

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Steps out of Stillness

Delighted to announce my next workshop, which will be held at the Radnorshire Arts and Crafts Foundation.  This summer I have been working on an online course that will get you writing, no matter what problems you may have encountered along the way, and this workshop is a condensed, adapted version.  So far it has proven extremely useful to those that have done it!  It consists of exercises and approaches to creativity that you will be able to apply to your own writing for years to come.

What do you do when you can't think of anything to write?  What if you have an idea, but you don't know what to do with it?  What if you have so many ideas all clamoring to be written, and you end up getting nothing finished?

Steps out of Stillness is not a five step plan to a poem or story, but rather a series of exercises that will help you find your own path, and then set you loose to blaze your own trail.  It teaches not how to write, but how to be a writer.

This workshop is designed for those who need help either breaking out of writer’s block, returning to writing after a period of inactivity, or those just starting to think about writing who would benefit from structured exercises and a thoughtful approach to exploring their own practice.  It is also suitable for experienced writers wishing to expand and sustain their creative practice.

The workshop will focus on equipping you with new strategies and techniques for generating work, leaving you more self-sufficient in your inspiration. 
Please bring with you any notebooks that you have been keeping, as we will be using them during the afternoon.

The Old School, Whitton.  1.30 – 4.30, £28 including afternoon tea.

Contact to book.  

Please note this workshop is now sold out.  I will be adding another date in the new year, if you would like to be put on the list for that, or on the waiting list for the November date in case of cancellation, please let me know.

Monday, 27 August 2018

A Story with a Secret

On Sunday the 26th of August, in the roar of the rain, I launched my new pamphlet Full Moon on Fish Street in the gallery at the Radnorshire Arts and Crafts Foundation.  It was a wonderful morning and a packed house!  I was thrilled when fellow poet Emma van Woerkom agreed to come and read along with me, and enjoyed every minute of her wonderful reading.

Full Moon on Fish Street is a chapbook of poems and prose that tell a story.  Put simply, it's a story about an artist and her muse.  But things are never that simple, are they?

The thing I love most about Full Moon on Fish Street is that it's a story with a secret.  I don't think the secret will be obvious on the first reading, but it is there, like a flash of silver hiding between pebbles on a beach.

If you'd like to purchase a copy, head over here to my publications page Full Moon on Fish Street is printed on recycled paper, and each one of the 100 copies printed has been signed and numbered by me.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Full Moon on Fish Street out soon!

Back in spring I began #the100dayproject, a multi-discipline art project where participants pledge to spend 100 days producing work in their chosen medium.  I had just come back from a visit to St Ives at the time, with a notebook full of scribbled facts and sketches and the germs of poems.  I wrote about the inception of the project in a blog entry here

A hundred days is a long time - I definitely did not write every day, but I did make a point of thinking about it for a while each day, whether it was during a drive somewhere, or a quiet moment at home, or while out walking the dog.  And now at the end of the 100 days I am delighted to say that I will be publishing one of the products of my project as a pamphlet!

Full Moon on Fish Street is a chapbook of new work written during the last 100 days.  It will be published by Beautiful Dragons Press at the end of August, with a small launch during the Presteigne Festival at a nearby art gallery (see my events page for details!).

Putting it together has been an interesting process, because I didn't really set out to write it.  In fact, for my 100 day project, I didn't really think about what the end product of 100 days of work might be at all, I simply wrote.  What emerged has resolved itself into two pieces of work: a body of prose and poetry that will become Full Moon on Fish Street, and an as yet unfinished novella of speculative fiction.  But more on the latter another time.

During the project I became interested in the idea of using blackout poetry to explore a heritage of women's writing about the sea.   In particular, that of Virginia Woolf, whose work had drawn me to St Ives and to the Tate Gallery, where the hundreds of works of art on show there demonstrate a richness of inspiration bequeathed on the artistic community by her writing.  Armed with a copy of To The Lighthouse and an ancient, complaining photocopier, I began to explore the idea.  It seemed particularly appropriate after days spent looking across the bay at the very lighthouse which had inspired the titular building in Woolf's novel.  I particularly liked the challenge of writing poems using only a specific, limited set of words which changed each time the page of source text changed.

My approach to blackout poetry is a slippery one.  Each poem in the pamphlet is distilled from a page of To The Lighthouse, mostly.  The words appear in the order that the appear on the page, mostly.  The words are mostly unaltered, except where they aren't.  Blackout poetry isn't so much an act of appropriation as an ever changing poetic form.  Instead of leaving the words pinned to the page, surrounded by redacted text and black ink, I have lifted them completely, divorced them from their maternal phrases, shaped them into something new. 

It was a kind of game: I went looking for stories hidden between the lines of another story; for a hidden text visible only to my eye.   

Full Moon on Fish Street is the story I found.  It is a story told through poems and extracts of prose, set in the St Ives of the past, but not quite our own past.  It is a story about an artist who falls in love with her muse.


Full Moon on Fish Street will be limited to a signed and numbered edition of 100 copies.  It will be available to buy only at my events, from my website, and a few selected local retailers.  If you would like to subscribe to this blog in order to be updated when it becomes available, scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your email address in the box marked "follow by email"