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Live At Kent & Sussex Poetry Society, Tuesday Feb.20th

Tuesday's reading in Tunbridge Wells was very well received indeed by a lively and responsive audience. There were lovely open mics from members and I made some interesting connections with poets there. So a big thank you to Dave, Veronica, Jess, Mara and all the committee for giving me such a  warm welcome. It was also being live streamed to members in USA & Australia. What an honour. When I read my poem about waitressing at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, what were the chances of discovering that both the chairman and an audience member saw a show I appeared in there back in 1975?  Memories were cdertainly stirred. It was an all female pre-punk cabaret, The Sadista Sisters, with Jude Alderson, Teresa Dabreux, Linda Marlow, Jackie Taylor.  (I'm the one in a blonde wig). My next port of call will be Southanpton on March 9th. See previous blog for details.

Poetry Readings in February, March and April

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Tuesday February 20th 8pm:   I will be in Tunbridge Wells on at the Royal Wells Hotel 8pm https://kentandsussexpoetry.com/2024/02/02/rachael-clyne-at-the-royal-wells-hotel-20th-feb/?fbclid=IwAR3jYUB2kumLsGMmgwp9fpRSTPZnV-pc4TpAwaA_BeIYWS6boOEsLO91a04 March 9th 4-6pm:    I will be in Southampton at Artful Scribe Lit Fest in the small press showcase, alongside other Seren Poets: Vanessa Lampert, Elizabeth Parker and Taz Rahman March 26th 7.30pm:   I will be in Exeter, along with Hannah Linden reading at Uncut Poets https://exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/uncut-poets-7/ April 17th 7.30pm:   I will be in Bristol reading at Under the Red Guitar hosted by the wonderful Bob Walton    NB it said earlier 15th , but Weds 17th   is correct . Under the Red Guitar Baja la Guitarra Roja Poetry to relish, written with care, read with flair. Astonishing Poetry Nights at El Rincón the Spanish Bar 298 North Street ● Southville ● BS3 1JU ●
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  Turning Drama Into Dharma Life throws all us challenges and this year seems to have been full of them for me. Some have been joyful, such as launching my new book, others, not so much. Having taken this long to feel safe enough to finally publish poems that deal with my Jewish heritage and experiences of anti-semitism, suddenly there's a war and it's become a lot less safe. Other challenges have been a string of health and domestic crises, all very trying but ultimately resolvable. One thing about challenge is that there's always an opportunity (forgive the dreaded cliché) for learning. Learning something that builds character and soul, even if it's simple acceptance. As a therapist I've tried to look at things this way, I may not recognise it immediately and fall into reaction. However, once I catch on to the possibility, it makes a difference to how I process the situation and I'm able to let go of panic and focus on how to deal with it. As my friends can at
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You can hear my Seren podcast interview on here:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/2035359 I talk about my writing practice, and read some of the poems, as well as discussing the themes in my collection, You'll Never Be Anyone Else 
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I feel honoured to be reading with poets Jacqueline Saphra and Jill Abram on November 26th at this afternoon event at the Museum of London in Docklands. It is not an easy time to be celebrating our Jewish heritage, but it seems important to remember and to share what it means to us and to extend our humanity. The museum is currently holding an exhibition in celebration of the Jewish contribution to the Carnaby Street fashion industry in the 60s.              https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/whats-on/fashion-city-poetry-and-music-museum?id=341608 This exhibition is also part of my own heritage. So many migrant Jews were involved in the rag trade. My grandma was a dressmaker and my father (like his father) was a ladies tailor and cutter. He trained in the thirties at one of the top London fashion houses Molyneux, where he made a suit for Marlene Deitrich. He moved to Southport in 1939, as tailor and cutter at Marshall & Snelgrove's department store. Later
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  Here's wishing you a plentiful poetic harvest on National Poetry Day. I'm very delighted to feature in this excellent podcast with a reading and an interview around identity and diversity issues. Many other poets also share their work and range of experiences. Definitely worth listening to.                                               https://spotifyanchor-web.app. link/e/TWBozBF4DDb .
Here's my new article about dealing with rejection for poets. It's on the Seren Blog site today: Dealing With Rejection and Disappointment Disappointment seems such a casual word for something that can haunt us.  It is not like missing a party; disappointment can leave scars that hamper motivation and confidence and turn to destructive envy.  Perhaps parents disappointed us, or we were told we were a constant disappointment by a parent or teacher, a painful label to overcome. It’s both interesting and useful to observe the process. I did this recently after devoting a year to putting together a collection and it was turned down several times. First came the sinking feeling that usually plugs into a history of previous publishing rejections. In my case, it went right back to an acting career inevitably fraught with rejection and disappointment, the last of which pretty much ended my career. I watched my ego dance about, trying to settle. Having received encouragement and gained