A Year in the ‘Against the Grain’ Stable – Michelle Diaz

michelle photo cropped2019 has been an amazingly full and productive year! Since receiving ‘The Dancing Boy’ pamphlets from Karen in February, there have been wonderful launches, great readings and encouraging reviews. My pamphlet sold out in November. I have a new box for the 2020 readings.

The Poetry Café launch in March was a beautiful birthing of ‘The Dancing Boy’ and it was great to meet my publishers in person. There were old friends and new friends there to support me and Claire Collison was an excellent guest reader.

My personal highlights of 2019 are appearing on Julie Mullen’s Totnes radio show, a great launch at Wells with my super Wells Fountain Poets, kicking off the Big Poetry Swindon festival with my friend Jinny Fisher, appearing at the Word Café with some stonkingly good poets (Totnes) and, perhaps most important of all, the touching feedback I have had from those who have read ‘The Dancing Boy’. I am glad it stirred hearts and brought both laughter and tears.

I have appeared regularly on GFM radio, promoting my book and the ‘Against the Grain’ team who have tirelessly supported me throughout the creation and launching of my pamphlet.


I have ventured to Bristol, Bath, London and even Yorkshire to promote my work. It has been an exciting whirlwind of wonder!

I look forward to my readings in Exeter and Bristol next year.

I am currently working on a new pamphlet and working towards a full collection.

I am so grateful to Abegail, Jess and Karen for valuing and publishing my work. It has been a great journey for the heart. Here’s to 2020 and a new voice !



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