Tuesday, 11 October 2011


I mentioned the poem chosen for the NPD educational resource in my last blog; it struck me after posting it that I had not been told by Jan Fortune at Cinnamon Press that the poem had been asked for. Unusual; Jan is very efficient. So I enquired, and she had not been approached. So then of course I enquired of NPD itself and received fulsome apologies.
It's very careless to post someone else's poem publicly without their express permission, and this is the first time this has happened to me. I've had poems asked for by Martin Halsall of third way magazine, Tina Ballantine of Mixed Nerve, Abegail Morley for the New Writer and her blogspot, and twice by people involved with cancer or healing projects: Sally Givertz asked if she could use a poem for a workshop and a friend asked for the use of a poem for a cancer support website. Among others. But always permission has been sought.
So, writers out there, be vigilant! If you find someone using any or part of your work without your permission, tackle them about it.

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