Hi, I’m judith Railton.
I’ve written poetry of all kinds since I was a teenager, usually responding to what’s happening around me. At least they start that way but often follow their own paths into stories . My poems have been published as two books and in various magazines and anthologies . I’ve collaborated with musicians and composers for performance and recording.
Virtual Wirral Poetry Festival picnics and events on Zoom have been a fantastic inspiration and way to get together with poets this year.
I write reviews and articles and produce newsletters for art and environmental groups.
Because it’s continually exciting , freeing and friendly I’ve taught Creative Writing classes for adults for many years. When we couldn’t meet for real I carried on a weekly writing challenge for students by email. All their stories reflected life in Covid times and made into a book ,sent to national and local archives .
I most often write haiku when I’m on a country walk, sitting about in Wirral fields, woods and beaches, drawing in a rough sketchbook .
I’ve liked imposing the 5,7,5 format on my haiku this year , noticing a slight softening of this as Covid restrictions have softened.
The Daily Haiku is an inspiring , supportive and friendly community; stimulating, with interesting themes. Love the immediacy of Renga.
In my Creative Writing group my ethos is to be supportive, positive , encouraging a non-critical friendly atmosphere where students can develop their own style of writing .
Here’s two of the many haiku that take me strongly back to the places and season when I wrote them.
Walk fast from thunder
Through nettle-thistle forest
Caught by sudden rain
Pick late blackberries
Smell hay meadow newly cut
Wild geese fly overhead
All best and thanks to Amanda for continually stirring up the word-pot.
Judith Railton 17 December 2020 TDH/PNTwitter/