(Information about me starts in the second paragraph)
About the blog
This blog is a record of poems I’ve come across that have inspired me to write my own poems, and take my writing in new directions. For me, they are signposts. The blog posts are not reviews, but simply point out some of the great features of the chosen poems, in the hope that they’ll inspire you to write, too.
About me and my publications
This is me. Below the picture are some links to some of my poetry which has been published online and details of publications in print and online.
This is also me! Performing the Happy Bus:
Photo: Sam Fentiman-Hall, at Roundabout Nights, Chatham
Reading/performing Rat a tat tat from ‘The Happy Bus’ at Roundabout Nights, Chatham, February 2018:
My poetry pamphlet, published by Paper Swans Press May 2018:
I’m delighted to be able to write that The Ward has been recommended by the Poetry Book Society and a review appeared in their Autumn Bulletin 2018:
Campbell populates both sides of the mental health ward with a host of vividly drawn characters. Their lives, troubles, diagnoses and treatments are presented in clear, elegant verse. This confident pamphlet navigates questions about mental health with a striking focus on the inherent (and too often forgotten) humanity of it subjects.
You can buy The Ward from the Poetry Book Society, or from this link:
The Ward has the effect of walking down a psychiatric ward corridor, opening each door to a patient of nurse who has something to say. It helps describe the experience of being and nursing a patient with mental illness. (The poems in the Ward are more “page” and less “performance” poetry than The Happy Bus, but I tend to inhabit the characters when I read, or “act” the poems.)
Apart from at regular poetry events, I am currently taking bookings to come and read/perform poems from The Ward, followed by a question and answer session, for mental health professionals and trainees. This is proving popular with universities teaching clinical staff and fits very well with modules relating to patient narratives. You can contact me via the “Contact” tab on this website.
The Happy Bus
My pamphlet, published September 2017:
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The back cover blurb reads:
“Louisa Campbell, a former mental health nurse, grew up coping with her childhood by dissociating: splitting off difficult experiences into different parts of her personality. She writes as adult and child, therapist and patient, and even as a dog, as she charts the bumpy ride from dissociation, through anger, depression and anxiety to clarity, peace and joy. She hopes anyone who has had to lock away painful emotions might find something useful within the lines of her poems. She lives in Kent, England.”
I am currently taking bookings to come and perform The Happy Bus. This is a lively twenty-minute performance/reading involving audience participation (we have a go at mindfulness, scare away anxiety, etc.). This would be suitable for small groups of people experiencing anxiety and depression, adult survivors of childhood abuse, or just those who fancy a bit of cheering up. You can contact me about this via the “Contact” tab on this website.
Individual poems published online:
and a collaborative poem with Ira Lightman:
Printed literary magazines:
My poetry also appears in the print magazines: Acumen 87, Prole 22 and 25, Obsessed with Pipework 78 and 81, and The Interpreter’s House 65, The North 60, Domestic Cherry 6.
Eighty Four: Poems on Male Suicide, Vulnerability, Grief and Hope:
Poetry Competition Success:
Bridport Prize shortlist 2016
South Downs Poetry Festival 2017 – Commended
Poetry and Psychoanalysis Competition, Mental Health Worker’s Prize 2018 – First Prize