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Free app that could help you manage your writing | 25-Jan-16

SecretaryBird is a free application that  lets you focus on writing your poems, taking on the burden of managing your work; allowing you to keep track of your poems and how they have been revised, critiqued, read, entered for competitions and submitted for publication. 

With a few clicks you can sort, filter, classify and catalogue poems, review versions, track critiques and build collections. On startup you can have SecretaryBird pick up where you left off with your latest draft, making use of a standard or customised template, sequencing each version automatically. Also you can have early warning of upcoming competitions. The application is benign, working alongside your existing DTP and text writing software. And it works on (almost) all systems including: PC-Windows, Apple-Mac and Linux-Ubuntu.

John Richardson, the creator of the app, has written poetry for almost fifty years. He was a founder member of Poetry Swindon, has MC'd poetry events at Swindon, Marlborough and Bath literature Festivals and given many workshops and readings. He has published several pamphlets and has had modest success in national and local poetry competitions. John currently designs poetry websites and has just released a poets workbench support application named SecretaryBird. In the past he has collaborated with poets and artists to publish a free, online, ekphrastic poetry ezine which can still be read at the website He enjoys writing the occasional poem inspired by: his travels to the far East, family, friends and everyday events. John says he write poetry because he has to, in order to go where there are no maps, where no one else has been. He expects to get lost. His poems help him find his way back.

Find out more about SecretaryBird and download the app here.

Please note, the link to this app is provided for your convenience and interest. The Poetry Library team has not used and therefore cannot endorse this app.

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