How to Become a #Writer Even if you Can’t be Bothered to Write

At the end of the twentieth century I was a performance poet – known as Agent Peggy Pegworth. This meant that I spent much of my time drinking wine and gigging in function rooms above pubs all over London. I met lots of great poets and even formed a sort of ‘poet band’ called The Radge Poets. If you don’t have time to write, then poetry could be the solution you are looking for. One of my favourite performance poets on the ‘scene’ back then was Paul Birtill:

“A kind of anti-Laureate who makes Philip Larkin sound life affirmingRobert Lloyd Parry, Ham & High

Paul describes perfectly the benefits of becoming a poet in this poem:

Work-Shy Writer

You get lazy people
in any field, I write poems
instead of novels. You start
at nine and finish at half
past and have the rest of
the day to yourself. Money’s
crap though.

Paul Birtill, 1998
Terrifying Ordeal: Poems

The crap salary did not deter Paul, who writes plays as well as verse and has had several poetry collections published.

However, I eventually retired from performance poetry due to recurrring bouts of stage fright and a lack of dependable income. (I became a hypnotherapist instead.)

But today is World Poetry Day, recognising “the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.” If you’ve ever found yourself saying “I don’t have time to write!” then poetry could be for you. It doesn’t have to take up much of your time. Radge Poet Ian Allsopp once wrote this little gem:

Do One Word Poems Work?


I’ve made a short film of me performing one of my old poems to show you how easy it can be.

A poet finds delight

In the empty sky at night

The stars don’t shine they glitter

The birds don’t sing they twitter


The sun don’t beam it radiates

The rain don’t rain it contemplates

The worms that wriggle

When bluebells giggle

And rinses out our yesterdays

To make room for tomorrow


The city’s a hive of activity

Of multicultural intensity

And humans contain astounding extremes

Of venomous lies and heavenly dreams


These are fractions of fiction and things still unwritten

And writings a bug that has to be bitten

If you can never completely describe it, you know it

You know you are thinking a bit like a poet!

Check out more of my poems on the international community PoetrySoup

(You may also like: I Don’t Have Time To Write – Time Taming Tips for Writers, Bloggers & Infopreneurs)

Check out my book: The Theakletuffin Poem – A Peculiar Fairytale (Not for Children)

Up The Spout

Now it’s your turn. Can you write a really tiny poem, right now? Leave me a comment below.


THIS is the Sauce you are Looking for!

 The School of Special Sauce is Coming Soon…

I’ve not blogged on here for a while – which can only mean I’m up to something! I’ve been creating a new e-course and I am now testing it out on a few unsuspecting volunteers 😉 Monetize Title

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How to Take Charge of All Your To Do Lists

Productivity, To Do lists and goal setting can all sound very dull and business-like sometimes. If like me, your desk is littered with sticky post-it notes and paper To Do lists then this brilliant tip from Leonie Dawson could just change your life, and open up a world of possibilities.

The one thing I’ve been dreading on my own To Do list was to begin recording training videos for the new e-course I’ve written. This is a real challenge if you’re camera-shy like I am. This weekend I asked Star Khechara to help me overcome this problem. I hope you’ll agree that in this new video I am more confident than I was in my last video! (How to Vlog.)

It’s still a skill that I need to practice though so please do watch this three minute video and support me and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. Thanks 🙂

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I made a video!

So, I challenged myself to create my first ever video tutorial and this is the result. I must say I had no idea that my squint was so bad! Is this what it’s like for people talking to me?

My theory was not to wait until I feel brave enough or confident enough to make a video: But to feel the fear and do it anyway. So here it is. How to Vlog: The 3 minute movie.

What do you think? Should this be a one-off, or should I make more videos?