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Welcome to Acacia Publications. Here I share my own poems and discoveries, and writing tips and techniques (Resources page). Scroll down for my weekly prompt. Many of my blog posts include a prompt. Just search for ‘writing prompt’ on the blog!

I also showcase the work of other poets through the monthly guest poet slot. 

My poems have been widely published – online, in magazines and anthologies. Over 20 were shortlisted, commended or placed in competitions. 

I have two poetry collections (Oversteps Books Ltd, 2016; Indigo Dreams Publishing Ltd, 2019) and a pamphlet with Grey Hen Press, 2020.

Broken Sleep Books will publish the award-winning manuscript of my new collection Remembering/Disease in October 2022.

Fokkina McDonnell: poet, blogger and qualified coach

Northern Writers’ Award 2020 from New Writing North.

Prompt of the week (3): My father as a coat stand

My poem of that title was commended in the Magma magazine annual competition, in the short (max. 10 lines) section. Which of your family members, friends or colleagues do you see as a coat stand? Your father is, was, might have been a ….?