Writings and Witterings


Hi—and welcome—good to see you here—you’ll find an eclectic mix of first and subsequent drafts of my work—I like to receive your feedback as my poetry and prose move towards the published (or not!) versions. My sincere thanks to all who ‘like’ and share their views about my posts.

If you are a writer and are interested in meeting others try out the events organised by the Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe. The SpeakEasy evenings are well worth a visit, they take place in Worcester on the second Thursday of each month, from page to stage: performance poetry and prose, see their Facebook page for more details, click this link.  For those with darker (or ‘alternative genre’) preferences, try 42 Worcester nights, they run on the last Wednesday of the month, this Worcester gothic / horror / sci fi / fantasy group is often fascinatingly ghoulish, you’re sure of a friendly atmosphere and a good evening.

If you want to develop your writing, the friendly and well-established Worcestershire Writers’ Circle meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

I am a Rotarian with Worcester Severn.  Rotary has around 32,000 clubs worldwide and 1.2 million members in 200 countries. Rotary International in Britain and Ireland alone has 54,000 members distributed over 1,850 clubs. Join like-minded people to make a difference in local, national and international communities.  Rotary: friends, fellowship, fun.

…and here’s my ‘official’ bio:

Polly Stretton writes for both page and performance, her work has been widely published in anthologies such as The Paragram Prize Anthology ‘Paradox’ (2016); she was happy  to have been part of Croome Poets and to have poems featured in the Croome Soul to Sole project. Her first collection of poetry, Girl’s Got Rhythm was reprinted by Black Pear Press (2016) https://blackpear.net, who also published her series of poems in a pamphlet, Chatterton, about tragic 18th century poet Thomas Chatterton (2014).

Polly is the Chair of the Open University Poetry Society, a member of Worcester Writers’ Circle and the organiser of the alternative genre spoken word event 42Worcester. She was a Director of Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe for six years, and is known as a competition judge. Polly can occasionally be found on Facebook and posts at https://journalread.com and https://pollycroome.wordpress.com She is a member of the UK Society of Authors and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.


Polly Stretton © 2017

Get in touch at pollystretton@gmail.com if you wish to quote anything from this blog or for the password to any password protected post (rare…but you never know!).


Photo by Christopher Daw Photography


51 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Hi Polly, I didn’t see an ‘About’ link so I am thanking you here for visiting my blog 😀 Happy Easter!


  2. Hi Polly – well it’s a small world after all! Lovely to see a friend from ILM also loves to write. Thank you for your wonderful comments on my poetry – so encouraging…
    Love yours too! Wendy x


    • So pleased to see you here, Wendy. Glad you’re enjoying some of my work. I’m revisiting your blog from time to time to catch up 🙂
      Take care x


  3. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you would like to take part please go to
    No pressure of course – thanks for the inspiration


  4. Hi Polly,
    Thanks for following my blog.
    Great poems, I am going to put a link to you under the ‘Poetry & Art’ category in my side bar.
    ~ Paul


    • That is so kind of you jymiely – what a lovely surprise – thank you. I like the way you’ve merged the awards and may take a leaf out of your book!

      Thank you again – I am honoured 🙂


  5. Just wanted to say, love your stuff 🙂


    • Thank you Elizabeth, I see you hail from Scotland and now live in Texas – am off now to take a look at your blog – the first image I’ve seen on it, of the girl bound with fraying ropes to a roof top but about to break free, looks wondrous


  6. I am a follower who just got around to your July 2 post requesting help for poems for a reading you were about to do. Alas, too late but I am doing a little catching up reading your blog. Other obligations keep me backed up here on WordPress by about a month, most of the time. I enjoy reading your writing style very much…


    • Why thank you Lindy – it’s tricky trying to keep up with everything – thank you so much for visiting and reading – lovely to see you here again 🙂


  7. How is it Polly, that I’m not following you!? I am now!


  8. Thanks much for stopping by my blog.


  9. Polly, thank you for stopping and liking today’s post. I look forward to following your blog and your writing journeys.

    Take care,



  10. Oy! Polly- I wanted to say thank you for finding/reading my blog, but I now must thank you for yours as well… really cool site you’ve created here!


  11. Your blog is very good, although I can not write poetry but I really like poetry.

    friendly greetings


    • How kind, thank you. You don’t have to write poetry to enjoy it ~ it’s lovely to see that you take pleasure from my work 🙂


  12. Lovely – I enjoyed my visit. ~xx~


  13. Picked this up via Diana Harrison’s blog. Didn’t realise you knew her. I guess Worcester U3A Creative Writing Group was a step too far!


    • Thank you, Alan, for identifying yourself as ‘anonymous’ – hope to see you at the U3A Creative Writing sessions once I’ve moved house 🙂


  14. To the person who commented anonymously on this page, please get in touch with me. I can’t release your post as I don’t know who you are and as I was hacked late last year it’s made me rather cautious. You can email me at pollystretton@gmail.com – whoever you are, you know Diana Harrison and found my blog via hers. Thanks – Polly


  15. hi polly, thanks for stopping by – look forward to reading your works – be well


  16. What a great idea for a blog! I am very interested in it and will look into more other the next few days.


  17. Thanks so much my dear Polly for liking “French Talk” to follow too, aside from my other blogs 🙂 I highly appreciated this very much!

    See you around dear! Have fun and keep on blogging… mmmwahhh


  18. Hi Polly, always a pleasure to read your poems. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award, congratulations! Here’s the link for it http://rainbowsutra.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/liebster-award/


  19. I wouldn’t normally do this but – first, thankyou for the follow, I’ve read some of your poetry and love it, and second: so nice to see the butterfly on your page, it’s my whole family’s favourite species and although I can’t for the life of me remember the name, it made me smile to see that someone else clearly loves it too!


  20. Hi, Polly, and thank you for visiting my blog! I already love what I’ve seen here. Blessings, Diane


  21. Enchanté! Nice photo Polly and I love that cap. 🙂 xx
    I wear a black cap but only when I’m not wearing a béret, also black… 😉 xx

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