Tailormade Poems

Tailormade Poems

Tailormade Poems is a bespoke poetry service I offer with poet Rebecca Bilkau.

Whatever the occasion, whoever the recipient we can write a poem to fit the bill.

With an occasion upcoming, you need a special present, a greetings card that says it all, a poem…

The Procedure
Click on samples of Previous Tailormades to see if you like our style. If you do, then get in touch through the contact form below.

We take it in turns to write the poems, so whoever will be working on your poem will get back to you to arrange a time to talk about the subject of your poem, garnering as much information and detail as possible to vivify the poem. We can do this over the phone or on Skype.

We’ll also arrange the timescale in which you want the poem. In an ideal world, we’d like a month between first contact and sending the poem. This is because you might want to tweak a bit here and there. However, if there’s less time, get in touch – we’ve been known to turn some poems round in an hour…

(Please note, though, when we say tweaks, we mean tops of five words / 1 line.)

Once you’re happy, we’ll set it on one of our Tailormade Cards, and whizz it off to you.

All this service with a smile doesn’t come expensive, either.

Cost
Poems cost £2 a line, minimum of £20, maximum of £50. Add £1 (p&p) to all poems. If you have a specific budget, please let us know at the outset.

We ask for a £10 deposit after our initial conversation, and you pay the balance on delivery of the final poem. This is best paid through bank transfer from you to us when we accept the commission.

Talk about inspired efficiency! And you can read how people have found the service here

Email: sehymas at a gmail dot com

More information on what we’ve written is here. We began Tailormade Poems with fellow poet Elizabeth Burns, who sadly died in August 2015. We miss her clear insight and gentle presence deeply.

About & Contact

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Email:  sehymas [at] gmail.com

When I was working in HMP Lancaster Castle an inmate shared his experience of being a dad inside, how much he missed his son and what he wanted to pass on to him. He said “All I’ve got to give him is my word”.

I believe, ultimately, all any of us have is our word. What we say defines us alongside what we do.

My dad used to say “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never harm you.”

I love my dad, but I don’t agree. I think the thoughts and beliefs
contained in words do have power. As well as harm, they can heal, inspire, challenge and illuminate.

How words root us is what guides me as a poet and celebrant. I am passionate about communication – clear, careful communication – that connects us, enables us to share experience, ideas and emotion.

I am glad to be working with such delicate, strong tools as words. I aim to highlight the wonder and limitlessness of words in poems, stories and song in all aspects of my work: writing, ceremony, coaching …

Based on Morecambe Bay in Lancashire, England, other elements I love in life are the sea and sky. I believe we are shaped by where we live. At the moment, I’m being whittled to a windblown thing.

On a more practical level, my CV can be viewed here.

Email:  sehymas [at] gmail.com

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