As readers and writers, we love to sit down with a throw and a cup of tea in a snug corner to get lost in other people’s work, and the Lifestyle section needed a virtual cubbyhole for this too! Morgan Carter, soon to begin her second year of English Literature and French at De Montfort University, has recently utilised social media as a platform to showcase her original work.
The haikus and poems, posted like a true insomniac writer at owl-time, are just the right amount of cosy to be read over a steaming cup of tea on crisp mornings. Passionately and eloquently written, the themes are a blend of love, nostalgia, and ‘mind poetry’. When conveying visuals of modern experiences we can all relate to, such as the smell of rain and cigarettes, they’re a classical blend of raw and gentleness. If you liked studying Romantic writers, you’ll like the work of Morgan Carter; similarly, if you enjoy the human experience as portrayed in Renaissance poetry, you’ll like the work of Morgan Carter; and I, a fan of Taylor Swift lyrics, also like the work of Morgan Carter.
Morgan is one of many creative writers at De Montfort who can be found doing writer-y things in the coffee shops and libraries dotted all over Leicester. There are many inspiring spots for writing and coffee around the city, such as Soar Point’s beer-garden that overlooks the River Soar, The Exchange’s atmospheric basement, and The Font’s cosy sofas.
Writing creatively is such a rewarding, and yet challenging, route to take, both as a hobby and a career. As well as word of mouth and online, a good way to build a solid portfolio of work is to send original pieces off to writing magazines, local newspapers, and creative writing competitions. Leicester is a fantastic place to study the craft, due to its many live poetry nights at bars such as The Cookie, The Exchange and The Font. Otherwise, getting a print publication in the Demon looks fantastic on your CV, so get in touch!
For more information and daily poetry, follow her Facebook posts at ‘Morgan J. Verses’. She is a truly talented writer who is passionate about literature, so expect to see lots more from her here!