MASSIVE THANKYOUS for 2020. Thankyou for supporting my deepening mid-life crisis in which instead of fast cars and bikes I wish to support and promote the work of my fellow writers. This year I launched a new initiative prompted by the deaths of Reuben Woolley of “I Am Not A Silent Poet” and Jamie Dedes of “The Bezine” and in tribute to them: the awareness challenges.

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This year on “The Wombwell Rainbow”:

A massive thankyou to all the artworkers and poets and writers who agreed to be interviewed, graciously allowed me to read review pdfs of their books, allowed me to feature their works of art.

60 Interviews https://thewombwellrainbow.com/page/7/?s=%22Wombwell+Rainbow+interviews%22+2020

18 Book Interviews https://thewombwellrainbow.com/?s=%22book+interviews%22+2020

3 Month long Special Ekphrastic Challenges https://thewombwellrainbow.com/page/7/?s=%22special+ekphrastic+challenge%22

7 Natural World Artwork and Writing Challenges https://thewombwellrainbow.com/2020/11/09/an-ongoing-list-of-my-natural-world-artwork-and-poetry-challenge-links/

4 Mental Health Awareness artwork and writing challenges

https://thewombwellrainbow.com/2020/12/23/alrightpal-mental-health-and-suicide-prevention-artwork-and-writing-challenge-have-you-made-artworks-about-mental-health-have-you-written-published-unpublished-about-mental-health-in-these-days-o/

https://thewombwellrainbow.com/2020/10/10/internationalmentalhealthday-worldmentalhealth-day-poetry-and-artwork-challenge-have-you-written-unpublished-published-work-about-mental-health-yours-or-someone-elses-have-you-made-artworks-about/

https://thewombwellrainbow.com/2020/10/06/worldmentalhealthday-poetry-and-artwork-challenge-have-you-written-unpublished-published-work-about-mental-health-yours-or-someone-elses-have-you-made-artworks-about-it-please-submit-by-dm-or-sen/

https://thewombwellrainbow.com/2020/12/09/nationalgriefawarenessweek-2-8-dec-have-you-artworks-about-grief-have-you-written-about-grief-please-dm-me-or-send-a-message-to-my-wordpress-blog-all-submissions-will-be-posted-i-apologise-for/

I apologise for all the “me” and “my” in the following:

Ian McMillan for not only inviting me to read out three of my Virus Till poems nationally in his The Verb on BBC Radio 3, but also inviting me to compose an advent sonnet which he introduced and read out on youtube as part of his role as “Poet In Lockdown” for Hear My Voice Barnsley and Barnsley Museums.

Damien Donnelly for inviting me to read for his stunning podcast “Eat The Storms”

Matthew MC Smith for helping to edit my poems and publishing me in volume one of his “Deep Time” books, and the Winter edition 2020 and also, being one of the brilliant guest poets at the local Mexborough Read To Write group.

IceFloe Press for publishing a long poem and two shorter poems of mine https://icefloepress.net/2020/10/07/two-poems-by-paul-brookes-with-a-visual-poem-by-robert-frede-kenter/

Renee for inviting me to be a contributing writer at Literati Magazine.

Glynn Young for consistently retweeting my posts, and his special article on me and my work., and publishing my poems on his “Faith, Fiction And Friends”. I am indebted.

Billy Mills for reviewing “Stubborn Sod” and “Port Of Souls” my collaborations with Dutch artist Marcel Herms.

Jessica Drake-Thomas for reviewing “Stubborn Sod” https://this-week-i-read.com/2020/04/03/this-week-i-read-paul-brookes-stubborn-sod/

Carrie Ann Golden for interviewing me on her wonderful website https://awriteradolescentmuse.wordpress.com/2020/06/16/author-interview-paul-brookes/

Neal Zetter for retweeting my posts

Mark Antony Owen for including me in wave two of his audio and visual project https://thewombwellrainbow.com/2020/05/01/i-cannot-recommend-more-highly-the-wonderful-site-that-mark-antony-owen-a-cracking-poet-in-his-own-right-has-created-in-iamb-i-am-very-fortunate-to-appear-in-wave-two-of-his-project-in-the/

Colin Bancroft for including me in his essential Poet’s Directory.

Z.D.Dicks, Marc Woodward, Gaynor Kane, Sarah Wimbush for being brilliant guest poets at the local Mexborough Read To Write Group.

Ali Jones for consistently supporting my creative work.

Visual Verse for featuring my poems https://visualverse.org/writers/paul-brookes/

All the best wishes to all of you and a happy creative New Year in which you stay safe and prosper.

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