Our Occasional Blog

Updates, insights and mutterings from the Dragonflies…

Blog Two: The nominees are ..

Oh wow, I’m so glad we called this ‘an occasional blog’ because it’s been months and we’ve done so much this summer. Lots of fabulous poetry and prose has been read and shared and we’ve published our first two issues of our very own journal Flights. You can read Flights here, we have rolling submissions and guidance for this can be found at here.

We met a few weeks ago now to discuss the future for Flight of the Dragonfly and we have so many exciting ideas, but are determined to ensure we only take the ‘next step’ towards any of these ideas when we know we have the time to do so, we don’t want to let anyone down. We also need a little cashflow to help us tick on and for that reason we’ve set up a Ko-fi site where you can donate the price of a cup of coffee/tea/your beverage of choice and this will help to ensure ongoing Dragonfly stuff. You can donate to Dragonflies here

And the nominees you say?

Ah, the nominees …. The wonderful thing about having producing our journal Flights is that this qualifies us to nominate some of our wonderful writers for competitions like Best of the Net, and it is Best of the Net nomination time right now. We are hugely pleased to say that we have been able to nominate as follows:

For poetry

Niki Strange                              I can write myself

Julie Stevens                             See a wish

Edward Lee                               Chemotherapy

Matt Alton                               The history of a name

Bruce McRae                            The devil may care

S Reeson                                   Ring

For prose

Gaynor Kane                             Coming of age

Alfredo Salvatore Arcilies          Electric Candle

Congratulations to everyone.

Our spoken word night returns on Tuesday October 26th when our guests will be Estelle Price and Oak Ayling. Tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/flight-of-the-dragonfly-spoken-word-tickets-180768161437. We have one or two wait list places still available to read so get in touch if you are interested.

Blog One: What happened to the inbox?

There was a panicked text from Darren yesterday evening, ‘what’s happened to the inbox?’ 

He was right, normally it isn’t too difficult to keep it in order, but yesterday a tsunami of emails arrived. Far more than I could keep up with on a day when lots of other things were happening. (Dragonflies are Dragonflies a 100% of the time but do have other calls on their time).

We normally get a trickle of emails in to request reader slots, but oh my! How wonderful that so many of you want to share your wonderful words, and how on earth are Darren and I going to select? Some of you, very regular contributors, have generously said that whilst you’d like to read, you’ll understand and happily just turn up to listen, but we don’t want to stop hearing from the people who have so loyally and so wonderfully entertained us in the last year. Equally we have a number of folks, very new to us, who are brilliant and we definitely want to hear more from, and then there are first timers, and who knows what creative gems are waiting to be heard from them?

Of course, for anyone who has ever organised anything similar, this comes under the heading of ‘nice problems to have’ and Darren and I will work it out. We are delighted that so many of you want to come and share your poetry and prose with us, and that we have, with your help, created a warm and safe space where words can be shared in a supportive atmosphere. 

One of the results of this is the ‘shall we put an additional, August, date in the diary’ conversation that Darren and I left on the back burner marked ‘wait and see’ last week is a lot more likely to happen now. And yes, this does mean we could already fill two events, perhaps more.

I’m not sure whether fabulous photographer friend of the Dragonflies, Michael Powell, has ever captured a Dragonfly smiling, but if he could bring his camera over from the USA right now, he’d be able to snap at least two Dragonflies with ear-to-ear grins.

Barbara, 19th May 2021