I stumbled across the Guardian feature on Wendy Cope's 'pieces of me'. I heard Cope read at Hay in 2008, so it was interesting to see the items she selected for the feature.
We have occasionally compared blog notes about our favourite pens, pencils and keyboards. I thought (having seen Cope's colourful notebook) that it would be interesting to know what 'poetic' notebooks you favour.
I like to have a small one that can be carried around easily. This notebook has a robust plastic cover, an elastic fastener and a biro attached to it via a piece of string. This doubles up as my diary when I am away from home.
I have a spiral-bound hardback commonplace book for quotations, cuttings, photos etc. I often wonder whether I should keep all my writing notes in identical notebooks. Perhaps that it the archivist in me. However, I love variety and particularly enjoy receiving colourful notebooks as gifts. I occasionally choose my own, too.
When I am out and about and not wanting to carry very much, I use a dictaphone or a few sheets of a notepad stapled together. Do tell me about your favourite 'writer's notebook'.
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